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2023-2024 General Catalog [Current] 
2023-2024 General Catalog [Current]

Special Education (M.Ed.)

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Program Overview

The Master of Education in Special Education is designed to prepare high-quality special educators to teach students who have mild to moderate disabilities in grades K-12. Students successfully completing this degree program will receive a Master of Education and, if necessary, a Utah professional teaching license in mild/moderate disabilities for grades K-12. Licensed teachers, administrators, and other school professionals, as well as teachers who are seeking alternate routes to licensure, are encouraged to apply.

In order to earn an initial Utah professional teaching license in mild/moderate disabilities, students must either:

  • Hold a current elementary or secondary Utah teaching license
  • Be enrolled in the APPEL-SPED program through Utah State Board of Education.

Note: Initial Utah professional teaching license cannot be earned through this program.

Program Admission

See Admissions Requirements  for this program.

Program Information

  • Graduate students must complete their program within six (6) years of matriculation.
  • All required courses must be passed with a “B” (3.0) or better to be counted in the degree. If a student earns a “B-” (2.7) or below in a course, the course must be retaken. NO OTHER courses may be taken (even concurrently) until the grade has been raised to the minimum “B.” Failure to raise the grade in two (2) subsequent attempts will result in the student being dropped from the program. Students dropped from the program may apply for readmission after a period of five (5) years has passed.
  • Graduate students must earn a 3.0 GPA each semester. If the overall GPA falls below 3.0, the student will be placed on probation for one (1) semester. At the end of the probationary semester, if the GPA is not at or above 3.0, the student will be dropped from the program.

Special Education Curriculum (30 Credits)

Capstone Requirements (6 Credits)

Electives (0-6 Credits)

  • May be selected from graduate-level endorsement courses or from other SUU graduate programs with approval of the M.Ed. Program Director.
  • SUU undergraduate students who have already taken SPED 6120  and/or SPED 6160  at the undergraduate level will select 3 or 6 credits of electives in place of those courses.

Total Credits, M.Ed. Degree: 30


Licensure Notification

This program typically leads to licensure/certification and was designed to meet such qualifications for the state of Utah. Students who are or may be planning to pursue licensure/certification in any other U.S. state or territory may need to meet additional education requirements. This is not a reflection of SUU’s accreditation or quality, as each state and territory regulates their own education requirements for occupational licensure.

Students enrolled in a teacher preparation program may potentially be able to use a Utah educator license to obtain licensure through reciprocity. Additional information may be found through the Department of Teacher Education’s reciprocity table.

An overview of all of SUU’s programs that lead to licensure/certification and the programs’ current determination statuses may be found at

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