Special Education

Master of Arts in Special Education (GEC0)


Dr. Debra Lockwood
Jenkins Hall 112

Website: https://www.marshall.edu/coepd/special-education/

Areas of Emphasis Offered: Autism* | Deaf and Hard of Hearing* | Multi-Categorical Special Education* | Preschool Special Education | Teaching Visually Impaired*


Curriculum:36-45 credit hours.

Normal time to complete for full-time student: 2 years minimum.

Program Highlights

A master’s degree may be earned with a specialization in any of the Areas of Emphasis. Students without a background in education must acquire certification in regular education prior to endorsement in Special Education, or they can enter the Alternative Certification Program (see Graduate Catalog). The Preschool Special Education endorsement is exempt from this requirement.

Program Objectives

This program provides candidates with the tools to help special education students realize their potential to succeed.

Jobs Related to this Program:

For more information,  please click on the links below to the O*NET website supported by the U.S. Department of Labor.

  • 25-2052.00 Special Education Teachers, Kindergarten and Elementary School     Bright Outlook
  • 25-2051.00 Special Education Teachers, Preschool
  • 25-2053.00 Special Education Teachers, Middle School
  • 25-2054.00 Special Education Teachers, Secondary School
  • 25-2059.00 Special Education Teachers, All Other
  • 25-2059.01 Adapted Physical Education Specialists

Admission Requirements

For full admittance into the graduate level program for Special Education, candidates must:

  1.  Have an undergraduate grade point average of 2.5 or better;
  2. Take either the Graduate Record Exam and earn 286 or better; or the Miller Analogies Test and earn 378 or better.

An exception is made regarding the GPA for candidates who apply to Marshall with a Master’s degree already. A minimum GPA is waived.

Application deadline for Admission: Fall enrollment: August 1; Spring enrollment: December 1; Summer enrollment: May 1

GRE or other test required: GRE or MAT

Program location

*Courses needed for the areas of emphasis in Multicategorical and Autism are also offered at the Erma Byrd Higher Education Center in Beckley.
*Courses needed for the area of emphasis in Deaf and Hard of Hearing and Teaching Visually Impaired are the only ones in the state, operate on a cohort basis, and have live meetings at the most central location in the state for the majority of cohort participants.