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M.Ed. in Special Education

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As of May 2021, the standardized testing admissions requirement (GRE) is under review. If you would like to submit a GRE waiver request, please complete this form as you are completing all the other required materials for your graduate admissions application. For questions, please email soeinfo@vcu.edu.

The M.Ed. in special education prepares scholars for faculty and leadership roles, and provide aspiring educators with the tools they need to make a difference in the lives of children, youth and adults with disabilities through research, teaching and service.

Successful completion of our degree programs can lead to endorsement in areas such as early childhood special education, special education: general education curriculum or special education: adapted curriculum.

The M.Ed. in special education with a concentration in general education can also be pursued as part of the Richmond Teacher Residency program, an innovative graduate teacher residency that pairs candidates with an experienced mentor in Richmond Public Schools.

The early childhood concentration works collaboratively with our Child Development Center as well as has a variety of grant funding opportunities listed through the link below.

In addition to the instruction from our nationally-recognized faculty, our master’s students in our severe disabilities concentration are part of a Virginia consortium program that supports professionals across the state.

Major Maps and Handbooks

Current VCU undergraduate students can use the individualized Major Map for the M.Ed. in special education to maximize their undergraduate program to prepare for their future School of Education masters program.

Current and future provisional special education, general education teachers, please see the NEW Course Finder tool to plug in your VDOE requirements to identify courses at VCU School of Education that fulfill these requirements.



How to apply: Graduate application
Semester of entry: Fall, spring, or summer
Application deadline: March 15 (fall/summer); Nov. 1 (spring)
Late applications reviewed on a case-by-case basis
Application checklist [PDF]



Program Concentrations

The School of Education (SOE) degree programs that lead to professional licensure are designed to prepare students to meet the requirements for professional licensure in the Commonwealth of Virginia as outlined by the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE). The SOE has determined that the curriculum includes applicable educational prerequisites for the following professional licensure(s) and/or certification(s) as outlined on this page of our website.

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Jenna Lenhardt, Ph.D. [View Image]

Contact Dr. Lenhardt with initial inquiries.

Kimberly McKnight, Ph.D. [View Image]

Contact Dr. McKnight for RTR program application.

Contact Dr. Spence for Early Childhood concentration inquiries.

Contact Dr. Chen for General Education concentration inquiries.

Contact Dr. Mehtaji for Severe Disabilities concentration inquiries.

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