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 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.

M.A.Ed. in Special Education courses: What will you study?

Sample courses include:

  • 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

Our faculty

Judy Stuart

Associate Professor, Education; Coord., Special Education; Human Development

Kay Goodwin

Associate Director, Graduate Studies

Patricia Hensley

Adjunct, Educatiion
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Education Master of Arts – Special Education F.A.Q.