M.Ed. In Special Education


Program Overview

The fully online M.Ed. in Special Education: General Curriculum program enrolls a new cohort of experienced general education teachers each summer. It is structured so cohort candidates complete the 30 credit-hour master’s degree program in five semesters. Upon completion of the program, graduates will be prepared to serve students with disabilities in a variety of teaching and leadership roles. 

No on-campus attendance is required. Online coursework is taught by graduate faculty utilizing technology to provide synchronous and/or asynchronous content delivery, feedback, and supervision as candidates complete field experience at their current work setting. 

The online master’s degree prepares candidates to serve students with disabilities in inclusive settings in P-12 schools using the Special Education - General Curriculum. The program of study is built on a course work sequence in curriculum development, collaborative practices and content area teaching strategies in reading and writing. 

Two electives are also included in the program to provide content delivery for candidates’ individual interests (e.g., gifted, autism, dyslexia, or English for speakers of other languages endorsement certificates). 

The program meets the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) standards. The Master of Education in Special Education degree prepares practicing educators to be teacher-leaders in Special Education - General Curriculum. Completion of the M.Ed. in Special Education meets the requirements to obtain a level upgrade to a PSC issued teaching certificate. This program is for experienced educators with a certification in special education or another teaching field. Individuals not holding a certificate in a special education field will need to pass the Special Education General Curriculum GACE exams before the PSC will issue an upgrade to the certificate.  

Program of Study

Summer I

  • INED 7710: Foundations of Special Education (3 Credit Hours)
  • INED 7742: Data-Based Inquiry (3 Credit Hours)

Fall I

  • INED 7621: Assessment for Learners with Dyslexia (3 Credit Hours)
  • INED 7762: : Designing Curriculum and Instruction for All Learners (3 Credit Hours)

Spring I

  • INED 7611: Evidence-Based Instruction/Intervention for Learners with Dyslexia and Other Learning Disabilities (3 Credit Hours)
  • INED 7631: Evidence-Based Instruction/Intervention for Learners with Dyslexia and Other Learning Disabilities (3 Credit Hours)

Summer II

  • INED 7775: Introduction to Autism – Theory and Instructional Practices (3 Credit Hours)
  • Elective (3 Credit Hours)

Fall II

  • INED 7955: Capstone in Special Education (3 Credit Hours)
  • INED 7720: Positive Behavior Intervention Strategies (3 Credit Hours)

TOTAL: 30 Credit Hours

Admission Requirements

Must possess the following beyond the general KSU Graduate College Admission Requirements: 

  • Degree – Bachelor’s degree.
  • Certificate – Uploaded to graduate application. Current clear, renewable Georgia Teaching Certificate, out-of-state equivalent, OR Inclusive Education Department Chair/Program Coordinator approval. To print a copy of your clear, renewable Georgia teaching certificate, you may log into your MyPSC account. 
  • Résumé or Professional Vitae – Uploaded to graduate application. Should document education, teaching experience, community service, and your record of leadership.  
  • Recommendation Forms (2) – Forms and their directions are in the online graduate application. May submit letters of recommendation or utilize online evaluation process that may be completed via the graduate application. The KSU Graduate College will send electronic evaluation forms to these sources. Two evaluations must be submitted for this admission requirement to be noted as complete. These recommendations must come from an educational professional who has taught or supervised your work and who can write with authority about your abilities as an educator.
  • Personal Statement – Uploaded to graduate application. Should be 1-2 pages and address your professional training and interests, the nature of your professional experiences and specific issues you plan to address during the pursuit of your master’s degree.  
  • Interview – An interview may be required. If so, you will be contacted by the program to set up an interview. 

* Please note: International Students (Visa and Green Card Holders) Please visit KSU’s International Graduate Admissions site for additional requirements. Additionally, KSU’s International Student and Scholar Services provides assistance. 


The deadline for applications is May 1 for summer admission. 

Contact Us

For more information, please email Dr. Vidya Munandar at ined-info@kennesaw.edu.