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Professor

Beckman, Paula J., Full Member

Burke, Philip J., Full Member

Leone, Peter E., Full Member

Lieber, Joan, Full Member

McLaughlin, Margaret J., Full Member

Neubert, Debra Ann, Full Member

Associate Professor

De La Paz, Susan C., Full Member

Kohl, Frances L., Full Member

Silverman, Rebecca, Full Member

Taboada Barber, Ana, Full Member

Assistant Professor

Cummings, Kelli Dawn, Full Member

Wexler, Jade, Full Member

Research Associate

Page-Voth, Leslie V., Adjunct Member

Research Assistant Professor

Yakubova, Gulnoza, Adjunct Member

University Affiliate

Mallory, Sarah B., Non-Member

Professor Emerita

Moon, Sherril M., Full Member

Associate Professor Emeritus

Egel, Andrew L., Full Member

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Special Education (EDSP)   

Program Title and Classification

Special Education

Graduate Degree Program

College: Education

Abstract

Graduate programs in special education are designed to prepare highly qualified teachers, to provide graduate level content, and to prepare researchers, teacher educators, and leaders in the field of special education. We offer the following graduate program options:

* M.Ed. in Special Education with Elementary/Middle age based certification

* M.Ed. in Special Education with Elementary/Middle age based and severe disabilities certification

* M.Ed. in Special Education with severe disabilities certification only

* M.Ed. in Specialty Program (30 credits)

* M.A. in Special Education (36 credits)

* Advanced Graduate Specialist Certificate (30 credits beyond the master’s degree)

* Ph.D. program

Note that, as of 2012, the EDSP graduate programs are part of a new department, the Department of Counseling, Higher Education, and Special Education. The EDSP degree programs were previously housed in the Department of Special Education.

Admissions Information

M.A. and Ph.D. admissions requirements

M.Ed. admissions requirements

For the M.Ed. programs, students must submit scores on the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators test (meeting the State of Maryland passing scores) prior to admission into the program and have an undergraduate 3.0 GPA. The Master’s of Arts program requires a 3.0 undergraduate GPA and the submission of the Miller Analogies Test or the Graduate Record Examination test scores at or above the 40th percentile rank. The AGS program requires a 3.0 undergraduate GPA, a master’s GPA of 3.5, and submission of scores on the MAT, GRE, or Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators test. Admission to the Ph.D. program requires: 1) Master’s degree or equivalent in Special Education or a related field from an accredited institution with a GPA of 3.5 or better; 2) An undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or better; 3) A score on the Graduate Record Exam placing the student at or above the 50th percentile on verbal, quantitative, and analytic subtests; 4) Two years of research or work experience with exceptional populations; 5) Three letters of recommendation from individuals who have direct knowledge of the applicant’s academic capabilities, work experience, and professional characteristics; 6) A statement of academic and research goals including intended area of study, research interests, and plans for future employment; 7) Evidence of writing skills shown in the statement of academic and research goals; 8) EDMS Research Methods I or equivalent. Students pursuing teacher certification in special education are required to take courses required by the Maryland State Department of Education which lead to certification in the State of Maryland. Programs for the Master’s specialty program, the AGS, and the Ph.D. are planned individually by the students and advisor to reflect each student’s background and goals.

A TOEFL score of 100 is required for international students who are not native speakers of English.

  1. GRE for Ph.D., Miller Analogies or GRE for M.A., Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators for M.Ed., MAT, GRE or Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators for A.G.S. (at State of Maryland cut scores)
  2. Three Letters of Recommendation
  3. Statement of Goals
  4. Transcripts from all previously attended colleges and universities
  5. Interview required for Ph.D. and M.Ed. with teacher certification

See http://www.education.umd.edu/CHSE/admissions/admission_criteria/ for more detailed information.

For more admissions information or to apply to the program, please visit our Graduate School website: www.gradschool.umd.edu/admissions

Application Deadlines

Type of Applicant Fall
Domestic Applicants:
US Citizens and Permanent Residents
1 Mar (M.Ed./Certification), 15 Jun (M.Ed./Non-certification) / 1 Feb (M.A. and Ph.D.)
International Applicants:
F (student) or J (exchange visitor) visas
A,E,G,H,I and L visas and immigrants.
1 Mar (M.Ed./Non-certification) / 1 Feb (M.A. and Ph.D.)


Other Deadlines: Please visit the program website at http://www.education.umd.edu/CHSE/SE_overview.html

Degree Requirements

Certificate of Advanced Study (C.A.S.)

The Advanced Graduate Specialist certificate in special education is available to students who wish to take graduate courses beyond the master's degree. The minimum number of graduate hours is 60 (of which no more than 30 credits can be applied from another institution). The core of the program consists of special education courses in addition to other coursework within the university as approved by the student's adviser and the special education graduate faculty. The College of Education awards the certificate.

http://www.education.umd.edu/CHSE/academics/degree_programs/agsEDSP.html 

 

Master of Education (M.Ed.)

Core Requirements
The Master of Education Non-Certification option requires 30 credits. 

 

Students complete the following courses:

EDSP 600: Issues and Trends in Educating Individuals with Disabilities (3 credits)

Two of the following: EDMS 645: Quantitative Research Methods I (3 credits); EDSP 670: Single Subject Research Designs (3 credits); EDSP 671: Qualitative Methodologies in Special Education (3 credits)

One of the following: EDSP 673: Evaluating Evidence-Based Practices in Special Education (3 credits); EDSP 625: Seminar on Severely Handicapping Conditions (3 credits)

Remainder of coursework approved by advisor (18 credits)

The Master of Education with Certification one-year option requires 38 credits. The two-year option includes Severe Disabilities Teacher Preparation and requires 50 credits. 

 

Regardless of whether students choose the one-year or two-year option, all certification students must complete the following courses:

EDSP 470: Introduction to Special Education (3 credits) 

EDSP 443: Language and Literacy Acquisition in Children with Disabilities (3 credits)

EDSP 613: Behavior and Classroom Management in Special Education (3 credits)

EDSP 615: Evaluation and Measurement of Exceptional Children and Youth (3 credits)

EDSP 616: Reading and Writing Instruction in Special Education I (3 credits)

EDSP 652: Curriculum and Instruction: Elementary Special Education (3 credits)

EDSP 683: Assessment and Instruction in Mathematics in Special Education (3 credits)

EDSP 687: Family Partnerships in Special Education (3 credits)

EDSP 690: Teacher Candidate Research Seminar in Special Education (3 credits)

EDSP 692: Graduate Internship I: Elementary/Middle Special Education (2 credits)

EDSP 695: Graduate Internship II: Elementary/Middle Special Education (3 credits)

 

Students enrolled in the master's program in special education may earn the Master of Arts degree which requires a thesis or the Master of Education degree which may or may not include teacher certification.

http://www.education.umd.edu/CHSE/academics/degree_programs/agsEDSP.html

 

Master of Arts (M.A.)

Total CreditsCore Requirements

Thesis option only: 36 credits required

Students complete the following courses:

EDSP 600: Issues and Trends in Educating Individuals with Disabilities (3 credits)

EDSP 799: Master's Thesis Research (6 credits)

Two of the following: EDMS 645: Quantitative Research Methods I (3 credits); EDSP 670: Single Subject Research Designs (3 credits); EDSP 671: Qualitative Methodologies in Special Education (3 credits)

One of the following: EDSP 673: Evaluating Evidence-Based Practices in Special Education (3 credits); EDSP 625: Seminar on Severely Handicapping Conditions (3 credits)

Remainder of coursework approved by advisor (18 credits)

 

Students enrolled in the master's program in special education may earn the Master of Arts degree which requires a thesis or the Master of Education degree which may or may not include teacher certification.

 

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D. )

Core Requirements

Doctoral students are required to complete 60 credits, including 12 credits of EDSP 899: Doctoral Dissertation Research. Course requirements are as follows:

Students are required to complete 5 of the following courses:

EDSP 600: Issues and Trends in Educating Individuals with Disabilities (3 credits)

EDSP 675: Legal and Policy Foundations for Individuals with Disabilities (3 credits)

EDSP 798x: Special Problems in Special Education (3 credits)

EDSP 872: Theory and Empirical Design in Educational Research (3 credits)

EDSP 888: Apprenticeship in Special Education (3 credits)

EDSP 670: Single Subject Research Designs (3 credits)

Required Research Methodology and Design courses:

EDMS 646: General Linear Models I (3 credits)

EDMS 651: General Linear Models II (3 credits)

Three additional courses approved with advisor (9 credits)

Remaining coursework:

EDSP 898: Pre-Candidacy Research (3 credits)

Electives (15 credits)

 

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree in Special Education prepares researchers, teacher educators, and leaders who will advance the education of children and adults with disabilities. The program is intended for full-time students and requires a minimum of 60 post-Master's credits in courses that address special education issues and trends, policies, current research and practice as well as research methods and design. Doctoral students will, with their advisor, identify a sequence of courses and experiences to advance their knowledge in an area of specialization. Students pursuing the doctoral program in special education must have completed a Master of Arts degree or the Master of Education degree in special education or a related area. Students should consult the Department website on Graduate Programs for more information.

http://www.education.umd.edu/CHSE/academics/degree_programs/EDSP_PhD.html

 

Facilities and Special Resources

The Special Education program provides an unparalleled setting for graduate study. The program’s proximity to outstanding public schools in Maryland provides students who wish to pursue teacher certification the chance to gain experience with a culturally and linguistically diverse student population in urban, suburban, and rural settings.

Additionally,, students pursuing a doctoral degree can have experiences in advocacy and professional organizations, government agencies, including the US Department of Education in addition to the coursework they take at the University.

Financial Assistance

A limited number of fellowships, assistantships and/or grants are available to qualified applicants.

Contact Statement

For additional information and application procedures, please visit our web site: www.education.umd.edu/EDSP/

Website

http://www.education.umd.edu/CHSE/SE_overview.html

Contacts

Svetlana Wright, Graduate Assistant

3214 Benjamin Building

Department of Counseling, Higher Education, and Special EducationUniversity of MarylandCollege Park,

MD, 20742

Telephone: (301) 405-2858

Fax: (301) 405-9995

edspgrad@deans.umd.edu">edspgrad@deans.umd.edu

 

Carol Scott, Coordinator

University of Maryland

College Park MD, 20742

Telephone: (301) 405-8384

Fax: (301) 405-9995

edspgrad@deans.umd.edu

 

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