M.Ed. Special Education - General Curriculum


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 36 credit-hour master’s degree program in six semesters (two years). 

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 in Special Education: General Curriculum prepares candidates to serve students with disabilities in inclusive settings in P-12 schools. Three electives are included in the program to provide content delivery for candidates’ individual interests (e.g., autism, preschool special education, reading, and English to speakers of other languages). Upon completion of the program, graduates will be prepared to serve students with disabilities in a variety of teaching and leadership roles.

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. The program provides initial certification in special education for experienced educators in other fields and prepares teachers to educate an increasingly diverse population of students in Georgia through inclusive practices.

The program of study in the M.Ed. in Special Education - General Curriculum begins with an inclusive core of course work in curriculum development, collaborative practices and content area teaching strategies in reading and writing. Upon completion of the program, individuals majoring in Special Education - General Curriculum may also become eligible to receive an endorsement in Reading or ESOL, or a graduate certificate in Autism Spectrum Disorder. Successful candidates complete the program of study in approximately 24 months. The M.Ed. in Special Education has been approved by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission.

Program of Study

Summer I

  • INED 7710: Foundations of Special Education (3 Credit Hours)
  • INED 7761: Instructional Approaches I (3 Credit Hours)

Fall I

  • INED 7730: Assessment for Diverse Learners (3 Credit Hours)
  • INED 7762: Instructional Approaches II (3 Credit Hours)

Spring I

  • INED 7720: Positive Behavior Intervention Supports (3 Credit Hours)
  • INED 7780: Collaborative Practices (3 Credit Hours)

Summer II

  • INED 7742: Data-Based Inquiry (3 Credit Hours)
  • Elective (3 Credit Hours)

Fall II

  • INED 7752: Explicit Approaches to Literacy Instruction for P-12 Students with Disabilities (3 Credit Hours)
  • Elective (3 Credit Hours)

Spring II

  • INED 7900: Capstone in Special Education (3 Credit Hours)
  • Elective (3 Credit Hours)

TOTAL: 36 Credit Hours

Admission Requirements

To complete the Master's in Special Education, you must

  • Complete a minimum of
    • 27 credit hours of required core coursework; and
    • Nine credit hours of elective courses.
  • Meet KSU's requirements for satisfactory graduate student performance and graduation, as outlined in the Academic Policies section of the KSU Graduate Catalog.
  • The faculty and staff are here to support and assist you in making your experience individualized and meaningful for a long career Kennesaw State is THE place in Georgia for innovative and supportive teacher training.
  • The following are requirements beyond the general Graduate Admissions requirements.
    Online Graduate Application-There is a non-refundable $60 application fee. 
  • Transcripts-Official transcripts from EACH College and/or University you have attended. Must be in sealed envelopes from the institution.
  • Evidence of teaching Certification in any P-12 area or departmental approval.
  • Personal Statement-Your statement can be uploaded into the online application. The statement 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.  
  • Personal Resume-Your resume can be uploaded into the online application. It should document education, teaching experience, community service, and your record of leadership.
  • Two Personal Letters of Recommendation-Please do not use the online recommendation system. Your letters should be on letterhead and from sources that can address your success in teaching and ability for success in graduate study and commitment to student achievement.
  • Interview-A personal, phone or SKYPE interview may be required. Candidates will be contacted by the program if an interview is needed. 

* Please note: International Students (Visa and Green Card Holders) Please visit KSU’s International Graduate Admissions site for additional requirements.


April 1 for summer admission.

Contact Us

For more information please call (470) 578-6043 or Email us at educ_grad@kennesaw.edu.