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Master of Education in Special Education

Texas Tech University's online Master of Education in Special Education allows you to choose from one of seven different areas of emphasis allowing you to choose an area of study that meets your career goals and personal interests.

Program Overview

Areas of emphasis:

Applied Behavior Analysis
  • 36 credit hours
  • Prerequisite: bachelor’s degree, Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
  • Coursework is completed online.
  • Contact the Behavior Analyst Certification Board, Inc., for information about national certification requirements. The course sequence approval number for Texas Tech University is CS118.
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Deaf Education
  • 36 credit hours
  • Prerequisite: bachelor’s degree, Graduate Record Examination (GRE), initial teaching certificate
  • Coursework is completed online.
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Educational Diagnostician
  • 36 credit hours
  • Prerequisite: bachelor’s degree, Graduate Record Examination (GRE), initial teaching certificate, two years of teaching experience
  • Coursework is completed online.
  • A master’s degree is required at the time of certification testing.
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Orientation and Mobility
  • 42 credit hours
  • Prerequisite: bachelor’s degree, Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
  • Coursework is completed primarily online. Two courses require one weekend each of on-campus instruction. Two courses are only offered in face-to-face format during the summer.
  • A master’s degree is required at the time of certification testing.
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Visual Impairment
  • 36 credit hours
  • Prerequisite: bachelor’s degree, Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
  • Coursework is completed primarily online. Three courses require one weekend of on-campus instruction each.
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Just want a certificate? Consider a certificate program in Autism or Dual Sensory Impairments or choose a program to prepare you to sit for state or national certification exams in Educational Diagnostician, Deaf Education, Orientation and Mobility or Visual Impairments.

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Application Process

Although there is no application deadline, potential students are encouraged to submit all application materials at least two months prior to projected initial enrollment. Learn more.

  1. Complete the ApplyTexas application.
    • Apply as a master's student. All M.E. in Special Education students must choose an area of concentration, which you will indicate at the time of application.
    • Be sure to select the degree program listing that correctly corresponds with the location from which you plan to pursue the program.
  2. Complete additional admissions requirements as outlined by the Texas Tech University Graduate School.
    • The initial application fee is $60. Each subsequent application is $50.
    • Students who plan to pursue a Master of Education in Special Education with any area of emphasis, must submit Graduate Records Exam (GRE) scores to the Graduate School. Scores must be less than five years old at the time of application.
    • Applicants must have official transcripts from all colleges and universities previously attended sent to Texas Tech University Graduate School.
    • International students must also submit a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score to the Graduate School.
    • The admissions process is viewed holistically by the College of Education and the Graduate School, so there are no stated minimum GRE or GPA requirements. Learn more.
  3. Apply to Texas Tech University's College of Education. Be sure to choose the application that corresponds with your chosen area of concentration.
  4. Apply for financial aid and/or scholarships and College of Education Graduate Scholarships.
    • Financial aid is distributed based on full-time enrollment and several other eligibility requirements. Your enrolled hours as of the 12th day of class in the fall and spring semesters determines your enrollment status for the semester, and financial aid is disbursed accordingly. Attending less than full-time could mean a reduction in aid. Learn more.
  5. Upon your acceptance into the Graduate School and the College of Education, you will work with a faculty advisor to develop a degree plan. If you receive notification of rejection, you may contact the Associate Dean of Graduate Education and Research, 806.742.1998, ext. 436, for advisement regarding the admissions appeals process.
    • The Graduate School and the College of Education will notify you of your admissions status by updating the Applications tab in your Raiderlink.

Interested in taking only one or two courses? Use Texas Tech University's Graduate Temporary Status to apply and take as many as 12 credit hours without completing the application process to a degree program.

Program Requirements

  1. Tool Subjects and Foundations Requirements - 6 hours
    • EPSY 5379 Introduction to Educational Research
    plus 1 of the following:
    • EPSY 5310 Philosophy of Education
    • EPSY 5314 The History of Education in the United States
    • EPSY 5323 Cultural Foundations of Education
    • EPSY 5331 Human Development in Education
    • EPSY 5332 Educational Psychology
  2. Basic Special Education Core - 6 hours
    • EDSP 5300 Exceptional Children and Youth
    • EDSP 5307 Problems and Trends in Special Education
  3. Students have a choice of a 30-semester-hour program with a master's thesis or a 36-hour non-thesis program with a comprehensive evaluation and/or comprehensive evaluation paper. Some specializations require more than 36 hours.

  4. During the last semester of study, students are required to pass a comprehensive evaluation which will consist of a written exam, or an approved research paper, or by completion of the Master's thesis. Contact your program of study graduate advisor early in your matriculation for guidance to complete your degree requirements.

  5. Specializations and Certifications
    • The number of hours required for the specializations and certifications may vary according to the area of specialization. Learn more about the areas of specialization available online.