The Master of Education in special education is a degree focusing on 1) the broader concepts of exceptionality - learning, instruction and development and 2) an in-depth preparation for one area of exceptionality. Exploration of theory and research and advanced application in instruction and assessment with selected populations are integrated throughout the program.
The Master of Education in special education degree is designed to provide students advanced training and expertise in a chosen area of concentration. The areas of concentration offered within the M.Ed. in special education degree program at Oakland University are:
- M.Ed. in special education with a concentration in specific learning disability
- M.Ed. in special education with a concentration in emotional impairment
- M.Ed. in special education with a concentration in autism spectrum disorder
- M.Ed. in special education with a concentration in applied behavior analysis
Note: Applicants for the M.Ed. with a concentration in ABA should contact the Special Education Coordinator, Dr. Janet E. Graetz, for additional information.
Admission terms and application deadlines
Before an applicant’s file can be reviewed for full program admission, all application documents must be received in Graduate Study and Lifelong Learning by the semester deadlines listed below. Incomplete applications will not be sent to departments for admission review.
Beginning FALL 2017 Semester
- February 15 (early) April 15 (regular) and July 15 (late) for fall semester
- October 1 (early) and November 15 (regular) for winter semester
- March 1 (regular) for summer semester
- International applicants
To be considered for graduate admission, applicants must submit all Graduate Application Requirements and additional department requirements by the published application deadlines:
- Additional department application requirements
- Supplemental Program Form
- Requirements for recommendations
The recommendation forms must be from individuals who can attest to the applicant’s potential for successful graduate study
- Copy of current (or most recent) teaching certificate or verification of pending certificate is required for ASD concentration
- Teaching Certificate is NOT reqired for ABA concentration.
- Interview may be required for candidates under consideration, with a written response to one or more questions posed during the interview process.
- Goal statement, which includes the reason for application, the intended focus of graduate study, a description of professional experiences and accomplishments, and professional and career goals
Admission review and assessment
Admission to graduate study at Oakland University is selective. In making admission recommendations to Graduate Study and Lifelong Learning, each department assesses the potential of applicants for success in the program by examining their undergraduate records, goal statement, letters of recommendation, prerequisite courses and any other admission requirements established by the academic department.
To be admitted to the M.Ed. in special education degree program in full standing, the applicant must have an undergraduate cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or above. Applicants with an undergraduate GPA less than 3.0, but with an appropriate academic background and strong letters of recommendation, may be considered for admission in limited standing. Students who qualify for this admission classification must complete a maximum of 12 credits of graduate coursework with a grade of 3.0 or above in each course within the first three academic terms from the time of initial enrollment.