Master of Education (M.Ed.) Programs

The Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Special Education is a professional graduate degree that serves experienced teachers who have obtained an undergraduate degree and a Standard Professional 1 (SP1) Professional Educator’s License and who wish to be collaborative instructional leaders who are knowledgeable, effective, reflective, and responsive to equity and diversity.  Upon completion of the 33 credit hour program, graduates will qualify for the North Carolina Standard Professional 2 (SP2) Professional Educator’s License.

There are two majors for the M.Ed. in Special Education:  (1) Special Education or (2) Academically or Intellectually Gifted.  For the major in Special Education, a bachelor’s degree with a major in Special Education and a Standard Professional 1 (SP1) Professional Educator’s License in Special Education from the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (or its equivalent from another state) are required.  For the major in Academically or Intellectually Gifted (AIG), a bachelor’s degree and a Standard Professional 1 (SP1) Professional Educator’s License in any content area from North Carolina or its equivalent from another state is required.
 

M.Ed. in Special Education, Major in Special Education

The M.Ed. in Special Education, Major in Special Education program is designed for professionals who already hold a Standard Professional 1 (SP1) Professional Educator’s License in Special Education.  If you do not currently have a special education teaching license, please refer to the M.A.T. program.  This 33 credit hour program consists of 21 required and 12 elective hours.  

To see a program planning sheet, refer to the link on the left-hand side of this page.   For more information on the M.Ed. in Special Education, Major in Special Education, contact Dr. Wendy Wood (Special Education Graduate Program Director) at 704-687-8854 or wmwood@uncc.edu.

For application materials, please visit gradadmissions.uncc.edu.

Admission Requirements for the M.Ed. in Special Education, Major in Special Education

  1. A bachelor’s degree with a major in Special Education from an accredited institution
  2. A copy of a North Carolina Standard Professional 1 (SP1) Professional Educator’s License in Special Education or its equivalent from another state
  3. Official transcripts of all previous work beyond high school documenting an overall grade point average of at least 3.0 (based on a 4.0 scale)
  4. Official agency reports of satisfactory GRE or MAT test scores (30th percentile or above)
  5. At least three evaluations from professional educators familiar with the applicant's personal and professional qualifications
  6. An essay of one to two pages describing the applicant's experience and objective in undertaking graduate study

 

Application for Graduation
The Application for Graduation must be completed via the online form available on the Graduate School Clearance for Graduation webpage by the date designated on the University Academic calendar.

Clinical Field Experiences
Most courses require students to apply the knowledge learned in classes to public/private school classrooms.

Capstone Experiences
The capstone experience is fulfilled by completing a Master’s Research Project.   

Elective Courses
The Major in Special Education includes 12 elective hours in a Specialty Track.  These hours enable students to add-on an additional North Carolina teaching license in Adapted Curriculum or General Curriculum, or students may select an individualized set of courses for their Specialty Track  requirements with approval by their advisor.

Advising
Upon acceptance into the program all students are assigned an advisor.  Students are expected to meet with their advisor each semester to discuss their coursework.

Licensure
Successful completion leads to the North Carolina Standard Professional 2 (SP2) Professional Educator’s License in Special Education.

Committees
Each student will have a committee of two graduate faculty members who will provide guidance through their research project. 

Research Opportunities/Experiences
The Special Education faculty continuously achieves regional, state, and national recognition in scholarship, teaching, and research. As a result students will have the opportunity to become involved in an applied research project.

Program Accreditation/Approval
All teacher education programs at UNC Charlotte are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.  The M.Ed. in Special Education, Major in Special Education has been approved by the North Carolina State Board of Education.

 


M.Ed. in Special Education, Major in Academically or Intellectually Gifted (AIG)

The M.Ed.  in Special Education, Major in Academically or Intellectually Gifted program is designed for professionals who already hold a Standard Professional 1 (SP1) Professional Educator’s License in any content area from North Carolina or its equivalent from another state.   

To see a program planning sheet, refer to the link on the left-hand side of this page.  For more information on the M.Ed. in Special Education, Major in Academically or Intellectually Gifted, please see distanceed.uncc.edu/programs/med-special-education-academically-or-intellectually-gifted or contact Dr. Michael Matthews (Academically or Intellectually Gifted Program Director) at 704-687-8623 or michael.matthews@uncc.edu.  

For application materials, please visit gradadmissions.uncc.edu.

Admission Requirements for the M.Ed. in Special Education, Major in Academically or Intellectually Gifted

  1. A bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution
  2. A copy of a North Carolina Standard Professional 1 (SP1) Professional Educator’s License in any content area or its equivalent from another state.
  3. Official transcripts of all previous work beyond high school documenting an overall grade point average of at least 3.0 (based on a 4.0 scale)
  4. Potential students who are applying directly for admission to the M.Ed. in Special Education – Academically or Intellectually Gifted (AIG) should provide official agency reports of satisfactory GRE or MAT test scores (30th percentile or above).  Applicants who previously have received a grade of A in three (if the fourth course is in progress at the time of application) or all four of the 4 Graduate Certificate courses in AIG at UNC Charlotte may waive the GRE/MAT score requirement.  Students who have received one or more course grades below A in UNC Charlotte graduate certificate courses in AIG are not eligible for this waiver and must provide GRE or MAT scores with their application to the M.Ed. 
    (NOTE:  Waiver requests should be sent to the AIG Graduate Program Director.)
  5. At least three evaluations from professional educators familiar with the applicant's personal and professional qualifications
  6. An essay of one to two pages describing the applicant's experience and objective in undertaking graduate study

 

Clinical Field Experiences
Most courses require students to apply the knowledge learned in classes to public/private school classrooms.

Capstone Experiences
The capstone experience is fulfilled by completing a Master’s Research Project.

Elective Courses
The Major in Academically or Intellectually Gifted has no elective hours. 

Advising
Upon acceptance into the program all students are assigned an advisor.  Students are expected to meet with their advisor each semester to discuss their coursework.

Licensure
Successful completion leads to the North Carolina Standard Professional 2 (SP2) Professional Educator’s License in Special Education:  Academically or Intellectually Gifted.

Committees
Each student will have a committee of two graduate faculty members who will provide guidance through their research project. 

Research Opportunities/Experiences
The Special Education faculty continuously achieves regional, state, and national recognition in scholarship, teaching, and research.  As a result students will have the opportunity to become involved in an applied research project.

Program Accreditation/Approval
All teacher education programs at UNC Charlotte are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.  The M.Ed. in Special Education, Major in Academically or Intellectually Gifted has been approved by the North Carolina State Board of Education.