Program Overview

Master of Arts in Education (M.A.Ed.)
Department Chair Name
Nelly Hecker
Troy Terry

What is a master of arts in education – special education?

An M.A.Ed. in Special Education is a master’s program for educators who are seeking focused training to help diverse students with special needs including those with ADHD, dyslexia and other learning and behavioral disabilities.

Why pursue an M.A.Ed. in Special Education at Furman?

In intentionally small classrooms and through a mix of delivery modalities, students in the special education master’s program learn tools to improve the educational outcomes and quality of life for children and adolescents with exceptionalities. Research-based, high-leverage practices in relating to students with special needs give candidates foundational skills to become better educators, adding to a solid teaching certification.

Backed by more than 100 years of experience, Furman’s Department of Education, boasting South Carolina’s first teacher residency program, is nationally recognized. Partner with some of the most respected and caring professors and practitioners in education. Learn more about graduate studies in education and how to apply.

How will you learn?

For teachers, the Master of Arts in Education with a concentration in Learning Disabilities or Emotional/Behavioral Disorders is designed to prepare candidates to address a specific area of special education through courses and practica dealing with the nature of a particular disability. Teachers pursuing the master’s degree learn even more specialized intervention techniques and strategies to deal appropriately with children and adolescents with special needs, while respecting the dignity and worth of all students. In the final practicum, candidates apply their skills and knowledge in a real-world setting.

  • 14.4 %
    U.S. students (ages 3-21) in special education, 2019-2020
  • 13.7%
    South Carolina students in special education, 2019-2020
  • 12.3%
    Increase in special education students in the U.S. in the last decade
  • 17:1
    Student to special education teacher ratio in the U.S. based on 2019-2020 data
What our students say
“This program has encouraged me to push boundaries within myself as a teacher and think more thoughtfully about the diverse students in my class. I have experienced great successes through the support of wonderful professors who encouraged me to try new things and ask questions.”
– Katie Taylor ’21, M’22, 5th grade teacher, Roebuck Elementary School, Spartanburg District 6

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Our faculty

Your academic advisor will help you explore your passions, define your interests and achieve your goals. You’ll tap into a widespread network of community and alumni mentors to help you on your individual educational path – and to the opportunities at the end of it. Pair theory with practice under the expert guidance of faculty who have worked in and led schools at all levels. Furman’s education faculty represent decades of study and real-world expertise. Learn more about graduate studies in education and how to apply.

Judy Stuart

Associate Professor, Education; Coord., Special Education; Human Development
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Education Master of Arts – Special Education F.A.Q.