Master of Education (M.Ed.)

Special Education

K-12 Virginia Endorsement Track

Online 34 major credits * 24, 28 or 32 months*

Affordable Tuition


*if using financial aid

How to Pay
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Program Highlights & Benefits

Learn the skills needed to helps students with disabilities or special needs reach their full potential

24, 28 or 32 months* completion time, including holiday breaks

No GRE or admission tests

No weekend classes

What You Learn

The mission of Averett University is to prepare students to serve and lead as catalysts for positive change. Averett fulfills this mission by educating students from diverse backgrounds, cultures, and nations through liberal arts-based undergraduate and graduate programs in a personal, collegial, interdisciplinary environment. Graduates of this program will be equipped to assess special needs students and apply appropriate instructional strategies to help them meet educational goals. Students will engage in critical analysis of current research in special education and pursue in-person coached field experiences at local schools.

How You Learn

Online Format: The M.Ed. in Special Education K-12 Endorsement Track is presented in an accelerated cohort based format that allows you to earn your Special Education Endorsement over 24, 28 or 32 months*. You’ll take no more than two classes at a time in six- to 12-week blocks for intense study of each concept. Small classes allow productive discussions, participation in projects and personal attention from your instructor. You will have local field experiences embedded in the coursework throughout the program. Students will be required to meet online with the university supervisor.

Career Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, students will have earned an M.Ed. in Special Education and be eligible to add a K-12 Endorsement in the area of Special Education to his/her VA teaching license.

Degree Requirements

Course Title Hours
ED 518 Orientation to Graduate Education Programs 1
ED 501 Research in Education 3
ED 502 Adolescent and Child Psychology 3
ED 504 Philosophy of Education 3
ED 508 The Exceptional Student 3
ED 515 Internship/Seminar in Special Education 6
ED 516 Transition Planning and Services 3
ED 569 Classroom Mgmt and Positive Behavioral Supports 3
ED 571 Curriculum & Instruction for Students with Learning Disabilities 3
ED 573 Practicum in Special Education 1
ED 576 Collaboration in General and Special Education 2
ED 579 Assessment of Learning 3
Total Credit Hours: 34
Please Note:

Program and course requirements are subject to change.

In lieu of a thesis, students will complete a Comprehensive Exam by responding online to a set of essay questions over the space of a weekend.

*The 24 month option is available to students starting in a spring semester only.