Special Education (M.Ed.)

Bringing together theory, research and real-world experience, Towson University’s M.Ed. in special education offers advanced learning to certified teachers.

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Towson University offers multiple Special Education graduate programs to suit the variable needs of those looking to enter this rewarding field!

  M.Ed in Special Education
(Special Education Concentration)
M.Ed. in Special Education
(Teacher as Leader in Autism Spectrum Disorder Concentration)
Master of Arts (M.A.T.) in Special Education
Who Can Apply? Professionals with certification in education or a related field Professionals with certification in special education or a related field Those looking to become teachers
but have an undergraduate degree in an area outside of education
What is the Outcome?  A master's degree and eligibility for MSDE endorsement in special education A master's degree in special education A master's degree and eligibility for MSDE initial certification in special education
How is this Program Offered?

This program is offered entirely online.


In school district cohorts

This program may be completed entirely online or in a hybrid format. 

Through school district cohorts

Earn your degree 100% online or choose to learn in person.

Why Come to TU for your Master’s Degree in Special Education? 

  • During the last several academic years, 100% of our graduates have accepted teaching contracts upon graduation. Special education is a critical shortage area and our graduates are in high demand.
  • Our graduates are well prepared to gain special education certification, as 100% of our students successfully complete the Praxis II test in Special Education.
  • Towson University is known as a leader in preparing local teachers for the next step in their career.
  • Our faculty offer hands-on, practical application based on their experiences teaching in PreK-12 schools.
  • Towson is a smart economical option for students who are funding their own graduate degrees, and current teachers may be able to further defray these costs by seeking tuition reimbursement from their school or district.
  • Our on-campus M. Ed. program is flexible and allows students to move at their own pace. Most of our students complete the degree in 2-3 years.

What Does the Program Emphasize?

Special education graduate coursework at Towson emphasizes:

  • Effective instructional practices that support all students in diverse classrooms
  • Principles of Universal Design for Learning
  • Technology and innovation to improve teaching and learning
  • Delivery and interpretation of diagnostic and prescriptive assessments
  • Collaboration and consultation

The program allows students to tailor their coursework to areas of interest by selecting from one of three areas of special education:

  • Infant/Primary (Birth – Grade 3)
  • Elementary/Middle (Grades 1-8)
  • Secondary/Adult (Grades 6-12)

Who is Eligible for the Program?

This degree prepares learners for an endorsement in special education and the program is designed for individuals who hold a valid certificate in teaching or a related field. Because this program does not lead to initial licensure, professionals with an undergraduate degree in an area outside of education should consider the MAT in Special Education.  

why towson?

Program Advantages

  • Towson’s extensive history and reputation for advanced teacher preparation
  • programs accredited by CAEP and the Maryland State Department of Education
  • programs recognized by the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC)
  • innovative faculty with extensive research and classroom experience in a variety of special education settings
  • late afternoon and evening classes to accommodate working professionals

Convenient Off-Campus Locations

The M.Ed. in special education is also offered off-campus to employees of local school systems through the Towson Learning Network