Master of Education in Special Education, Secondary: Grades 6-12

Loyola's M.Ed. in Secondary Special Education program can be used to meet requirements for initial certification in generic special education, grades 6-12, and is also appropriate for teachers seeking advanced professional development. Emphasizing legal issues, flexible service delivery, comprehensive assessment, evidence-based intervention techniques, and advanced professional skills, the program prepares both beginning and advanced professionals to provide effective services to children with disabilities and to take leadership roles in the field of special education. The program focuses on the provision of effective services to students with high incidence disabilities including language or learning disabilities, emotional/behavioral disorders, ADHD, and mild mental retardation. Program graduates are prepared to teach students with special needs in a variety of educational settings across the middle and high school grades.

The secondary special education program includes the Maryland-approved reading courses and has been approved by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC), and the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE). In addition to earning the Master of Education degree, program graduates are eligible for Maryland certification in generic special education grades 6-12, with concurrent reciprocity in 50 states and the U.S. territories.

Students from a variety of academic backgrounds and careers are eligible to apply to the graduate program in special education for either full-time or part-time graduate study. You are not required to complete the prerequisites prior to being accepted to the graduate program. Once admitted, you will meet with an academic advisor to develop an individualized program of study. With consideration of past academic and life experiences, the advisor will determine what, if any, prerequisites courses or experiences are required before you may begin the program courses. You may demonstrate completion of prerequisite coursework at the undergraduate or graduate level. In addition, you may complete a school-based internship or meet experiential requirements through teaching, volunteering, or working in other capacities with typical elementary/middle school age children, as well as those with special needs. You will need to demonstrate appropriate computer skills for success in graduate study. Students who have not met all of these criteria upon admission to the program will take the appropriate courses and/or complete the appropriate experiences before beginning program coursework.

Program Requirements

The degree program in Secondary Special Education leads to the Master of Education from Loyola and eligibility for Maryland certification to teach students with special needs in grades 6-12. Requirements include 39 credits of course work and practica with a focus on children in middle and high school grades. The two required practica provide supervised teaching experiences in different settings serving students with mild and moderate disabilities. These placements require extended daytime availability and are noted with an asterisk (*) below.

Prerequisites: Several courses and experiences are intended to provide key foundational knowledge and skills for all students, particularly those who are not currently certified in an area of education. If needed, prerequisite courses may be taken at the graduate or undergraduate level. Observation and participation, if required, may be met through a variety of classroom experiences or via a supervised semester-long internship. Prerequisites do not count as credits completed toward the degree requirements.

Prerequisite Courses: Introduction to Teaching Reading in the Content Area (RE 733); Reading, Writing, and Study Skills in the Content Area (RE 744); Child and Adolescent Development (SE 720); Introduction to Special Education (SE 761).

Prerequisite Experiences/Requirements: Observation and Participation in Special Education and General Education can be satisfied through semester-long internship; Technology Usage for Research and Writing.

Degree Program

Phase I Courses:

  • ED 600 Foundations of Research in Education
  • SE 901 Advanced Behavioral Programming
  • SE 902 Reading Methods for Students with Mild and Moderate Disabilities
  • SE 905 Characteristics of Learners with Mild and Moderate Disabilities
  • SE 907 Developmental, Remedial and Corrective Mathematics
  • SE 911 Assessment, Diagnosis and Evaluation of Learning and Behavior Problems
  • SE 912 Instructional Planning, Adaptations and Learning Strategies for Students with Special Needs
  • SE 913 Comprehensive Classroom Management for Teachers of Students with Special Needs
  • SE 914 Communication, Collaboration and Consultation with Parents and Professionals Serving Students with Disabilities
  • SE 916 Promoting Successful Transitions to Postsecondary Settings for Students with Mild and Moderate Disabilities
  • SE 917 Instruction in Secondary Content Areas for Students with Mild and Moderate Disabilities

Phase II

  • Praxis II Exam #20353 Education of Exceptional Students: Core Content Knowledge
  • SE 918 Practicum I: Teaching Students with Special Needs *
  • SE 919 Practicum II: Teaching Students with Special Needs *
  • Praxis II Exam #10352 Special Education: Application of Core Principles Across Categories of Disability

*Students currently working with in a state-approved school serving secondary students with mild to moderate disabilities may be able to complete one practicum at their current workplace. Students must pass Praxis II: Education of Exceptional Students: Core Content Knowledge to register for practica.