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Special Education (M.Ed.)

Master of Education: Special Education with certification in General Special Education

Earn NH state certification in General Special Education or go beyond with a master’s in Special Ed from a college renowned for its Education faculty and strong ties with public schools throughout the region.

Complete a master’s in one year, full-time, or in two years, part-time. The 32 to 38-credit M.Ed. makes the most of a student’s expertise and leadership potential in Special Education. The 20 to 26 credits of certification coursework can be completed within a single year, with a schedule designed for working teachers.

Benefits of a Keene State M. Ed. degree in Special Education
  • Convenient schedule. Certification courses are scheduled predominantly for after-work convenience in late afternoons or weekday evenings. Education Research classes are mostly held on weekends.
  • On-the-job internships, including practical field experience
  • One-on-one, in-person collaboration with faculty. Allows for accelerated, experiential learning and school-based research. Two 400-hour internships, one in the fall and one in the spring.
  • An M.Ed. in one year. Start in the summer term and complete your master’s degree the following May.
  • Certification only option. Earn K-12 General Special Education certification in one year
  • An exceptional tuition value. Tuition and fees competitive with and lower than surrounding schools with a minimal premium for non-residents
  • A highly regarded faculty. Classes are held in one of New Hampshire’s most comfortable, friendly, and exciting small cities
  • Certification that follows you. After graduation, Keene State College’s Educator Preparation Office assists with paperwork to help you obtain certification in other states.
  • Individual attention from admissions interview to graduation and beyond
  • We want to hear your unique story. Every applicant receives an interview, setting the tone for an educational relationship with faculty mentors who take explicit interest in their students’ goals and their self-expression. These mentorships continue as graduates enter the field.
Already Part-Way There: KSC Seniors and Granite State College Students

Graduates from the KSC early childhood, elementary or secondary education programs who seek certification in General Special Education (K-12) are encouraged to apply to the M.Ed. Special Education Option during their senior year. Graduates of the KSC early childhood, elementary or secondary education programs who have completed designated coursework in special education foundations have already addressed some of the fundamental certification competencies. If accepted into the M.Ed. Special Education program, these students will be required to complete fewer credits (see below).

Granite State College (GSC) students who complete an approved post-bachelor's teacher certification program may transfer up to 26 credits into the M.Ed. Special Education or Curriculum & Instruction options. See our worksheet for Granite State transfers.

Coursework Breakdown
Term Coursework
Term 1 Summer Foundations in Special Education *
Curriculum and Instructional Design *
Positive Behavior Supports *
Education Research Foundations
Term 2 Fall Assessment and Evaluation in Special Education *
Internship in Special Education I *
Educational Research Design
Term 3 Spring Transition Planning and Programming *
Internship in Special Education II *
Educational Research Capstone

* Indicates graduate certification courses

Admission Requirements
  • Application fee is waived for KSC Alumni, current students and professional educators
  • Bachelor’s Degree or higher with 2.50 GPA or GRE scores at or above the 50th percentile
  • GSC students: One year of fulltime teaching experience (preK-12)
  • KSC seniors/recent alumni: no teaching experience required
  • Passing Praxis scores or current teacher certification
  • Three professional references
  • No GMAT or GRE required
Tuition and Fees
2014-15 RatesIn-stateOut-of-stateFees
Part-Time Matriculated, Credit$480$530$98
Continuing Education, Credit$480$530$29

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