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Special Education

Graduate Advisor
Dr. Brenda Scheuermann
bs10@txstate.edu
512.245.2157
Education Building,
Room 3012

Department of Curriculum and Instruction
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The program is respected for comprehensive, rigorous instruction, with both entry-level and advanced studies programs available. Faculty in special education, widely known for research excellence and leadership in their fields, value student mentoring and provide students with opportunities to work together on clinical and field-based research.

Master's Degree Programs

Degree Concentration Hours Thesis Option Minor Option
M.Ed. Autism/Applied Behavior Analysis* 36 hours Non-Thesis Cognate–Special Ed Autism required
M.Ed. Behavioral Disorders/Positive Behavior Supports* 36 hours Non-Thesis Cognate–Special Ed BD/PB required
M.Ed. Career Alternatives in Special Education 36 hours Non-Thesis Minor required
M.Ed. Learning Disabilities/Inclusion* 36 hours Non-Thesis Cognate–Special Ed LD/IN required

*Texas State Certificate
The Department of Curriculum and Instruction also offers a Texas State Certificate (autism/applied behavior analysis, behavioral disorders/positive behavioral support, or learning disabilities/inclusion) that corresponds to each concentration. If you would like to apply to both programs, choose the "Special Education (M.Ed. with Certificate)" option when you select your major in ApplyTexas. An additional $10 certificate fee will be required.

Master's Degree + Initial Teacher Certification (CASE) Program 

Degree Certification Program Hours Thesis Option Minor Option
M.Ed. EC-12 Special Education 36 Non-Thesis Minor required

Certification Plan Information
If you are admitted to the CASE program, please contact the Office of Educator Preparation for your certification plan. If you are seeking teacher certification without a master's degree, please review the stand-alone teacher certification information.

Deadlines U.S. Citizen International
Fall - Priority February 15 February 15
Fall - Standard June 15 June 1
Spring Semester October 15 October 1
Summer I April 15 March 15
Summer II June 1 No Admission

Application Deadline
This program has a flexible deadline.

Funding Information
Applications must be complete by the priority deadline to be considered for funding.

Decision Timeline
This program reviews applications on a rolling basis.

Application Requirements

The items required for admission consideration are listed below. International applicants, please visit our international web pages for additional requirements.

ApplyTexas Application

  • completed online ApplyTexas application

  Review the instructions for submitting your ApplyTexas application.


Application Fee(s)

  • $10 nonrefundable certificate fee (if applicable)
  • $40 nonrefundable application fee
  • $50 nonrefundable international evaluation fee (if applicable)

  Review the instructions for submitting your application fee(s).


Transcripts & GPA

  • baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited university
  • a copy of an official transcript from each institution where course credit was granted
  • minimum 2.75 GPA in your last 60 hours of undergraduate course work (plus any completed graduate courses)

  Review the instructions for submitting your transcripts. Official transcripts will be required if admission is granted. 


GRE Scores

  • official GRE scores required with a preferred minimum of 300 (verbal and quantitative sections combined) with no less than 151 in the verbal section and 149 in the quantitative section

  The GRE may be waived if you hold a master's or doctoral degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution. If you hold a master's or doctoral degree (or the equivalent thereof) from an accredited international institution, the GRE may be waived on an individual basis.

  For the Fall 2018 term and beyond: 

  • GRE scores not required

  Review the instructions for submitting your official test scores.


Documents

  • copies of certifications or licensures (if applicable )
  • resume/CV (include licenses or certificates and all previous teaching or other education-related experiences)
  • statement of purpose stating career goals
  • two letters of recommendation from persons familiar with your professional work, including at least one supervisor

  Review the instructions for using the Graduate Admissions Document Upload tool (GADU) to submit your documents. You will have access to GADU after you submit your ApplyTexas application and activate your Texas State NetID.


TOEFL scores for CASE applicants

Non-native English speakers who do not qualify for an English proficiency waiver:

  • official TOEFL iBT scores with minimum individual scores of
    • 19 listening
    • 19 reading
    • 26 speaking
    • 19 writing

This program does not offer admission if the scores above are not met.

  Review the instructions for submitting your official test scores.

TOEFL or IELTS scores for non-CASE applicants

Non-native English speakers who do not qualify for an English proficiency waiver:

  • official TOEFL iBT scores required with a 78 overall
  • official IELTS (academic) scores required with a 6.5 overall and
    • minimum individual module scores of 6.0

This program does not offer admission if the scores above are not met.

  Review the instructions for submitting your official test scores.