Jun 16, 2024  
Xavier University Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog 2023-2024 
Xavier University Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog 2023-2024

Special Education, M.Ed.

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Master of Education in Special Education

The M.Ed. program in Special Education is intended for those who wish to obtain an advanced degree with general emphasis in course work connected to special education.  Although a degree program can be arranged to support teacher licensure, this degree does not provide all the preparation needed to achieve teacher licensure.  Please contact the Special Education Program for guidance.

Requirements for the M.Ed. in Special Education

The Master Degree in Education in Special Education allows a student to advance their professional development with a focus on specific areas of special education.  With the assistance of a special education advisor, a student will plan a 30 hour degree program that consists of the 9 hour Education M.Ed. core and 21 hour concentration of special education courses. 

21 hour concentration in Special Education

Students with an advisor from the Special Education Programs will plan an 21 hour concentration of special education courses for the Master in Education Degree.  These courses may come from the following special education licensure programs.

Licensure/Endorsement Areas in Special Education

  • Intervention Specialist License:  Mild/Moderate, Moderate/Intensive, Primary Intervention Specialist (P-5), Gifted/Talented
  • Endorsements: Pre-Kindergarten Special Needs, Gifted Talented, Transition to Work

Comprehensive Exam Requirement

Finally, a student’s Master of Education degree will be awarded only to candidates who have passed an extensive comprehensive examination of the education core and concentration courses.  Students may schedule this exam during their last semester of course work.  Should the student fail the comprehensive exam, it may be repeated only once.


Graduate Level Licensure Areas for Special Education

The Special Education graduate teacher preparation programs are theory based with continual field application experiences.  Students complete the licensure program with competencies in student centered learning/development interventions.  Students must possess a bachelor’s degree and must meet the Special Education Program requirements for admission.  Student must consult with the Program Director of Special Education for program advising.  Each licensure, we will work with you, and endorsement area has its own unique requirements as indicated by the State of Ohio guidelines.  It is recommended that those interested in a licensure or endorsement to contact the Special Education Programs for licensure and endorsement advising.


The University is not obliged to recommend licensure of any type on the basis of the completion of a Master of Education degree or specific course work in education, Students must also meet leadership, communication, and character requirements and pass the required Ohio Assessment for Education and Teacher Performance Assessment tests of the State of Ohio Department of Higher Education for each specific license.

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