Master of Education in Special Education

The M.Ed. with a major in Special Education prepares educators to work directly with students who have disabilities and collaborate with families, other professionals, and administrators. The College of Education works with its two campus laboratory schools: Starpoint School for children with learning differences and the KinderFrogs School for toddlers with Down syndrome and other developmental delays. These schools create exceptional opportunities for TCU students pursuing the special education master’s degree.

The program is designed for students who are already certified teachers or those who have extensive experience with students with disabilities.

Program details and course requirements can be found in the TCU Online Catalog.

The M.Ed. in Special Education may be earned through two plans:

Contacts: Dr. Lindy Crawford, and Dr. Michael Faggella-Luby

Traditional Degree Program

The Special Education graduate degree focuses on evidence-based practices proven to be effective for K-12 students with disabilities. With this knowledge, students will be able to establish themselves as teacher-leaders in their respective schools and districts. Note: This program does not meet the requirements for Special Education teacher certification. Prerequisite: Certification to teach EC-6, or experience working with diverse populations in K-12. Students will complete 12 hours of core research courses and 24 hours of courses designed to increase pedagogical knowledge, skills in managing challenging student behavior, and educational assessment.

Degree + Diagnostician Certification Program

The Masters of Special Education with Educational Diagnostician Certification prepares students to work as master teachers in the field of special education as well as diagnosticians recognized by the Texas Education Agency. Courses prepare educators to diagnose learning problems, differentiate learning disabilities from language differences and develop educational plans to support all students to achieve at their highest level.

Courses focus on the cognitive, academic, and adaptive testing of students in grades K-12; prepare students to be classroom-based interventionists who know and can apply evidence-based practices; and emphasize applied research and professional writing and publication.

In addition to traditional M.Ed. in Special Education coursework, students will complete the following classes:

EDSP 60333 Academic Achievement and Evaluation
EDSP 60533 Culturally Responsive and Language-Based Assessment
EDSP 60723 Cognitive Assessment and Adaptive Behavior

Accelerated Master’s in Special Education

Available only to TCU undergraduates, the Accelerated Master’s Option allows outstanding students to combine a Bachelor’s degree with the Master of Education (M.Ed.) in only five years.

Students intending to pursue an accelerated option should make their plans known as early as possible to their faculty advisor and mentor in the College of Education to ensure proper advising. If admitted to the Accelerated Option, students complete up to 12 semester hours of the M.Ed. program during the fourth year of undergraduate study. Candidates must work with their undergraduate advisors to determine how the courses will apply to the undergraduate degree. During their senior year, they complete the following classes:

EC-6 Undergraduate Major
EDSP 60513 Practicum in Education
EDUC 60313 Educational Assessment
EDSP 50663 Motivating and Managing Students in the Classroom
EDUC 60023 Analyzing Professional Literature and Writing Professionally

Middle/Secondary Undergraduate Major
EDMS/EDSE 50663 Motivating and Managing Students in the Classroom
EDMS/EDSE 51103 Educational Assessment
EDUC 60980 Internship (6 hours)

At the end of the fourth year, assuming that all other graduation requirements are met, the student earns the baccalaureate degree. During the fifth year, including summer, the student completes the remaining semester hours toward the M.Ed. degree.

Note: No more than 15 hours of 5000 level classes may be applied toward a master’s degree.

Admission Deadlines

March 1–last day to complete applications for summer and fall admission.