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Special Education, M.Ed.

College of Education

This master's program is for current certified teachers who want to be special education teachers for students with disabilities and meet the demand for these positions.

Graduates also may apply for an add-on S.C. certification in special education to teach PK-12 students with disabilities in their chosen area of specialization, either multi-categorical special education with expertise across disabilities or severe and multiple disabilities with expertise for students requiring high support.

Program Highlights

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    Online Option

    Students who select the multi-categorical specialization will take courses and complete the program 100% online.

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    Work That Matters

    Special educators are in demand and promote the learning and well-being of individuals with exceptional learning needs.

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    Special Tuition Rates

    Certified S.C. teachers pay reduced tuition rates and online out-of-state students pay in-state tuition rates.

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    Expert Faculty

    Our outstanding faculty are well-versed in teaching methods for students with various support needs.

What You’ll Study

Build a foundation in areas important to the special education profession, including assessment, instructional planning, implementation and evaluation. Understand how to select, adapt and use instructional strategies to promote positive learning and to modify learning environments that meet individual needs.

Building Skills

Gain the professional and personal intelligence it takes to have a successful career.

  • Cultural Awareness

    Learning about and respecting diverse cultures and beliefs

    Interpersonal Skills

    Communicating and interacting effectively in a variety of social and professional situations

    Problem Solving

    Identifying, analyzing and resolving problems or challenges using creative and effective strategies

  • Teaching

    Foster learning by conveying knowledge, skills and concepts to students


    Understanding and sharing the feelings of others, and demonstrating compassion and support


    Being accountable for one's actions and decisions and fulfilling obligations and duties

Using your degree

Make your college experience the foundation for a successful future.

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Potential Careers

  • Special Education Teacher

Job Titles of Alumni

  • Special Education Teacher
  • Teacher
  • Education Associate
  • Coordinator
  • Board Certified Behavior Analyst
  • Director of Special Education

Workplace Settings

  • Education
  • Services

Employers of Alumni

  • Richland School District Two
  • Lexington County School District One
  • Richland School District One
  • South Carolina Department of Education
  • Charleston County School District
  • Autism Spectrum Therapies

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