Master of Education in Special Education

The M.Ed. 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 children 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. View Program Brochure

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

People interested in the M.Ed. in Special Education may earn this degree by completing one of the following three plans:

Contact: Lori Kimball or Dr. Michael Faggella-Luby

Special Education Interventionist Degree Program

The Special Education Interventionist 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. This program also emphasizes applied research and professional writing. Note: This program does not meet the requirements for initial  Special Education teacher certification. Prerequisite: Certification to teach EC-6, Middle or Secondary School, 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.

Coming Soon:  Special Education Degree + Educational Diagnostician Certification Program

The Master 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. The program also emphasizes applied research and professional writing.

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. Students are eligible to apply to the graduate program if they will have completed 90 hours of undergraduate coursework by the end of their junior year.

Application Deadlines

March 1st–summer and fall admission
November 16th – spring admission