Special Education Concentration

Preparation for Certification

This program is for those who currently hold a Maryland teaching license in general education. At the completion of this program and after passing the required MSDE Praxis II tests, graduates will be eligible to receive an endorsement in special education.

The program provides the skill development and knowledge base established by the Council for Exceptional Children's Standards for Beginning Special Educators. Completion of course requirements meets the Maryland State Department of Education's Special Education Generic Certification in:

  • Infant–primary (birth-grade 3), or
  • Elementary–middle (grades 1-8), or
  • Secondary–adult (grades 6-12+) levels.

The program emphases are:

  • inclusive practices,
  • collaboration and consultation,
  • translation of effective instruction,
  • assessment,
  • research into practice, and
  • cross-categorical disability approach.

Flexible Formats

Classes are offered at convenient on-campus and off-campus locations in evenings or late afternoons to accommodate working professionals. In addition, Towson Learning Network (TLN) partners with local school districts to provide complete M.Ed. programs at locations within their districts. 

Apply Your Skills in the Classroom

Upon completion of content courses students are required to complete a semester-long internship experience. Students requesting placement will work with the Center for Professional Practice (CPP) to secure an internship. Students who are currently teaching may request an on-the-job internship placement.

Course Descriptions

View course descriptions in the Graduate Catalog.