Division of Teacher Education, Leadership, and Research

Master of Education in Special Education

The M.Ed. in Special Education is a 30–33 hour COMPLETELY ONLINE program that prepares general education and special education teachers to work as a team to effectively teach children with mild disabilities in inclusive K–12 settings. This program is designed to prepare candidates for their initial SPED license in Mississippi. Candidates are required to complete an internship in an inclusive special education setting. Additional coursework for an endorsement in severe disabilities is available. View the Online Program of Study and Careers in Special Education here.

Are you in?

Students must meet the following requirements to be admitted to the Special Education program:

  1. A baccalaureate degree from an institution fully accredited by one of the recognized accrediting agencies.
  2. An overall undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of a minimum of 3.0 or a GPA of 3.0 on the last degree earned.
  3. Passing scores on the Core Academic Skills for Educators (CASE) exam or a 21 on the ACT. Note: If you are exempt from the CASE due to your ACT score, you must have a passing writing score on one of the following writing examinations: CASE, GRE, SAT, ACT, or CAAP.

Apply to the Master of Education in Special Education program through the Office of Graduate and Continuing Studies.

Degree Requirements

A candidate for the Master of Education Degree in the College of Education and Human Sciences is required to meet the following:

  1. Fulfill the general requirements for a graduate degree at Delta State University;
  2. Complete graduate work consisting of core courses, major field hours and elective hours as At least one half of major field courses must be at 600-level or higher;
  3. Earn a grade point average of at least 0 in the major field and overall;
  4. Earn a B average on the education core courses (ELR 605, EPY 601, and CUR 608);
  5. Pass an oral and/or written examination in the candidate’s major field administered by a committee appointed by the division chair;
  6. With the consent of the advisor, a candidate may elect to write a thesis for 6 semester hours credit in the major field.

Comprehensive Exams

Summer 2022 Comps Date – June 13, 2022 (Summer I) and July 11, 2022 (Summer II)

Fall 2022 Comps Date – October 3, 2022

Program Contact

Merideth Van Namen, Ed.D.
Chair, Division of Teacher Education, Leadership & Research

Ewing Hall 384
P: 662-846-4370
F: 662-846-4309