William and Mary School of Education

Special Education - K-12 General Curriculum

Helping those who need it the most

The master's degree program in Special Education: General Curriculum (K-12) prepares special education teachers to work in a variety of educational settings. Graduates of this program will be qualified for licensure or endorsement to teach K-12 students with varying disabilities (e.g., learning disabilities, emotional disabilities, intellectual disabilities, attention deficit hyperactivity disorders, autism spectrum disorders) whose individual education programs are based on the general curriculum of the school district.

Students who have an undergraduate degree in arts and sciences, elementary education, or secondary education may apply to this program.  Successful applicants to this program will demonstrate the dispositions, experiences, and commitment to teaching students with disabilities in inclusive settings.

Candidates in the special education program enroll in two sections of student teaching and spend ten weeks student teaching at one level of education (elementary or middle/high school) and another eight weeks at a different level during a second semester to meet program requirements for K-12 internships.

Note: Applications for full-time study are considered with the January 15th application deadline date, and applications for part-time study are considered with the October 1 and January 15th deadline dates.

First Aid , CPR and AED Training Licensure Requirement

Students seeking licensure in Virginia will need to complete training in emergency first aid, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, and the use of automated external defibrillators.  Students will need to provide documentation of completion of this training, which is usually an official card.  Training courses are offered by the American Red Cross and the American Heart Association.

M.A.Ed. Special Education Program of Studies [pdf]

Additional Requirements:

  • (a) earn at least a B- grade in designated “methods” courses (CRIN X51, X56, and X52 or X86);
  • (b) complete all courses and requirements from previous semesters; and
  • (c) earn an overall GPA of at least 3.0 for completed courses prior to being allowed to register for and complete their second student teaching experience. Students are also required to successfully complete their program portfolio prior to graduation.
Licensure Testing Requirements

Students are required to achieve passing scores on assessments prescribed by the VA State Board of Education, both for program completion and for licensure. Information about testing requirements can be found on the Office of Teacher Education and Professional Services website.

Program Contact:

[[shdefu, Dr. Sharon deFur]]
757-221-2150