Help Every Student Reach Their Full Potential
Marymount University’s master’s in Special Education degree is designed for those dedicated to teaching children and teens with diverse learning abilities in a K–12 classroom setting.
Our program combines real-world experience, research, theoretical application, and the tools and resources to ready the next generation of Special Education teachers for rewarding academic careers.
- Work with faculty who are experts in Special Education and content areas including literacy, math, history, and science
- Gain hands-on experience from start to finish at a public, Catholic, or independent school in the metro D.C. area
- Learn new skills and perspectives during immersive study abroad semesters in countries like Colombia, Panama, New Zealand, and Uganda
- Pursue innovative research that contributes to advancements in the field and develops practices that can improve learning outcomes
- Courses are offered in late afternoons or early evenings, in a hybrid format, or fully online
- Most students complete the licensure program in just 2 years, and some finish in as little as 12 months
- 36 credit hours
- 12 months or longer depending on your timeline
- Accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP)
- Additional certification available in Elementary and Secondary Education, and Administration and Supervision
In addition to the University-wide graduate admissions requirements, applicants to the M.Ed. program must submit:
- Graduate application
- Professional résumé
- Proof of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum 2.75 GPA or 3.25 in the last 60 credit hours, or 3.0 in the endorsement area
- 2 recommendations that speak directly to academic and interpersonal skills
- Submission of all undergraduate transcripts
- Passing scores on the Virginia Communication and Literacy Assessment (VCLA) or math competency.
- Common math competencies include SAT/ACT/GRE scores, Praxis math scores or college-level math classes.
- For questions on any of the competency requirements, please reach out to an Education faculty member or feel free to contact us.
Program Curriculum Snapshot
ED 509: Special Education — Foundations and Characteristics of Exceptional Learners
This course is designed for students to become knowledgeable in the foundations of special education in relation to students with federally recognized disabilities labels. This includes historical perspectives, legal aspects, regulatory requirements, models, theories, philosophies, ethical issues, and trends that provide the basis for educational implications in school and home settings. The course also covers developmental characteristics of individuals with high-incidence disabilities, including but not limited to cognitive, linguistic, physical, psychomotor, social, medical, and emotional development.
ED 523: Diagnostic and Corrective Literacy Instruction
This course teaches students who are preparing to be special education teachers about language acquisition and the causes of literacy and reading disabilities. Also addressed are ways to prevent reading failure and strategies for the collection and analysis of reading behavior. Students will learn the process of developing instructional reading programs for individualized correction.
ED 545: Transition and Family Issues for Individuals with Disabilities
Designed to provide educators with a broad overview of the rationale for career and transition programming critical to the development of children and youth with disabilities and to present the various program options that are currently available. The knowledge and understanding of the importance of counseling and working with families of students with disabilities will be explored. The availability of community resources to assist both parents and children with disabilities will also be discussed.
Career and Salary Possibilities
Marymount’s Special Education degree program fully prepares you to teach in preschools, elementary, and secondary schools as a K–12 special education teacher in Virginia. Marymount’s Special Education master’s program also qualifies you for employment in a variety of careers throughout Maryland, Virginia, and the Washington, D.C., area. These include:
- Assistive technology specialist
- Curriculum specialist
- Special education attorney or advocate
- Central office administrator
The job outlook for special education professionals is especially strong. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projects an 8% job growth rate for special education teachers between now and 2029. The special education profession should see 14,300 new special education jobs in that time frame.
Meet Our Faculty
We are a dedicated community of dynamic teacher-scholars who are not only experts in the field, but also passionate and innovative educators creating learning experiences that ensure all students succeed. Our faculty and staff have advised, nurtured, and inspired students for many decades. We prepare educational leaders and caring practitioners for diverse learning communities with a focus on service, global perspectives, and academic excellence. Our programs are well known for their small class sizes and for the personalized attention students receive from expert faculty. Graduates of our programs gain the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to make a difference in the lives of others, across the nation, and the world.
Please feel free to contact us with any questions or if you wish to receive additional information about our programs, resources, or activities. Join our vibrant community which affords limitless opportunities for both your professional and personal development. We all look forward to welcoming you to our School of Education!
Join us in making a difference!
Dr. Lisa Turissini
“Marymount’s Special Education teacher education program gave me the confidence, knowledge, and strategies to truly make a difference in the classroom. I love the School of Education faculty, and their passion for the field is contagious. I had the opportunity to learn and grow in a variety of classroom field experiences from almost day 1. The offerings of experiential learning, workshops, peer mentoring summits, and global experiences in Jamaica have changed my life!” – Keri M., M.Ed., Class of 2022