Special education remains one of the perennial critical shortage areas in teaching. Mary Baldwin’s master of education (MEd) concentration affords certified, general education teachers the opportunity to add an endorsement in special education to their license. The 11-course sequence can be completed in 15 months.
Additionally, the 12-course higher education track for the MEd is designed for those interested in working in student affairs, enrollment management, academic administration, technical education, or other fields that provide opportunities to adult learners, and can be completed in 18 months.
“The two programs we are offering are designed to attract students who want to pursue a graduate degree at a highly competitive rate and with an aggressive timeline toward completion,” said Dean of the College of Education and Associate Professor of Education Rachel Potter.
Courses vary in format — some are completely online, some meet in-person a few times a semester with coursework online (hybrid), and others meet on a regular basis. No matter the situation, students and their advisors work together to best meet the students’ needs.
“Both of these programs offer online coursework as well as practical experience through quality fieldwork and internships,” Potter said.
Note: The special education track for the MEd, unlike Mary Baldwin’s master of arts in teaching (MAT) in special education, is for currently licensed teachers who want to add a special education credential. The MAT program is for those who want to obtain an initial license to teach.