Admission Requirements

Pre-Admission Requirements for all Candidates

Students interested in majoring in Special Education, Early Childhood/Special Education (ECSE), or Elementary Education/Special Education (EESE) must first gain admission to Towson University. Admission to the university, however, does not guarantee admission to the Special Education, Integrated EESE or ECSE majors. Students must complete a Declaration of Intended Major Form available online through the Registrar's Office, at which time they will be assigned a Special Education adviser. All students applying for admission to a Teacher Education program at Towson University are required to complete a Criminal History Disclosure Form. This form is to be notarized and sent to the Department of Special Education to be kept on file.

Screening

Special Education is a screened major. All candidates for the Special Education, Integrated Elementary Education—Special Education and Integrated Early Childhood—Special Education majors will be ranked according to cumulative GPA in all college or university courses (transfer GPA and/or TU GPA).

For consideration for admission to a special education program, a formal application with the following must be submitted. Requirements are listed on the application.

Students must meet the following requirements:

  1. GPA of 2.75 or higher
  2. possess a C or higher in all required coursework when transferring; no course lower than a 2.0 will transfer
  3. completion of 60 or more units (including units in progress)
  4. meet the Maryland State Department of Education Basic Skills Assessment Requirement

Screening occurs again for admission into student internships. Students are required to have a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher and a GPA of 3.00 or higher in the major and must have completed a minimum of 90 units. All preservice students in Teacher Education programs at Towson University whose program of study require an intensive and extensive internship experience in a public or private school setting (pre-K through 12), are required to undergo a criminal background check before beginning this experience. The criminal background check must be filed with the Department of Special Education.

Application Dates

SPRING 2020 (ECSE Only)
Program cycle will open at beginning of semester. Program application deadline is October 18, 2019 or until program is full. Interested applicants who meet the requirements may continue to apply after the deadline; they will either be accepted based on availability or may select another available program. The first round of program acceptance notifications will go out on November 1, 2019.

FALL 2020 (All Programs)
Program application cycle will open at the beginning of the semester. Program application deadline is February 21, 2020. Interested applicants who meet the requirements may continue to apply after the deadline; they will either be accepted based on availability or may select another available program. The first round of program acceptance notifications will go out on March 13, 2020.

Transfer Students

Special Education Department personnel are responsive to the transfer student and will accept those credits which are compatible with the Core Curriculum requirements, Special Education, Integrated Early Childhood/Special Education and Integrated Elementary Education/Special Education majors and state certification requirements. Please note: although credits might qualify toward graduation, only an evaluation conducted by the Special Education adviser will determine which credits will also apply toward the major. Students must first have their transcripts evaluated by the Office of Admissions before requesting a special education transcript evaluation.

The Professional Year

Special Education majors follow the school system calendar for the Professional Development School to which they are assigned as interns. The professional year starts in August when the teachers begin the school year and follows the school system spring break schedule.