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Special Education (Z905)   

Program Title and Classification

Special Education

Graduate Certificate Program

College: Education


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. 

Admissions Information

General Requirements:

Program-Specific Requirements:

  • Letters of Recommendation (2)
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
  • CV/Resume

For more admissions information or to apply to the program, please visit our Graduate School website:

Application Deadlines

Type of Applicant Fall
Domestic Applicants:
US Citizens and Permanent Residents
15 Jun
International Applicants:
F (student) or J (exchange visitor) visas
A,E,G,H,I and L visas and immigrants.
15 Mar

Other Deadlines: Please visit the program website at

Degree Requirements

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

Total CreditsCore Requirements

60 credits required

The candidate for the AGS certificate must have a master's degree or its equivalent earned at the University of Maryland or another accredited institution. 

Coursework includes:

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)

Electives approved with advisor (18 credits)

Credits applicable from Master's program approved by advisor (30 credits)





Carol Scott, Coordinator

MD, 20740

Telephone: (301) 405-2858


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