Master of Education in Special Education

This program prepares you to make positive contributions in the lives of people with disabilities. The curriculum addresses the complexities of the challenges faced by these persons as well as the services and support needed in order to assist them as they strive for independence.

Learning experiences are structured so you develop a comprehensive knowledge of the multifaceted nature of special education.

Dr. Gena Barnhill
Dr. Gena Barnhill, program director for the MEd in Special Education, is a recognized expert in the field of Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Our 36 -hour program offers:

  • Multiple program options. You choose one or more of these five areas of study:
    • Special education - general curriculum (focusing on students with learning disabilities, emotional and behavioral disorders, and intellectual disabilities)
    • Early childhood special education
    • Autism spectrum disorder
    • Special education - adapted curriculum (significant disabilities)
    • Applied behavior analysis
  • Online options for early childhood special education courses

Research and Scholarship

We also offer special education graduate certificates program including:

The certificate program in autism spectrum disorder is recognized by the Virginia Autism Council (VAC).

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Program Director

Dr. Gena Barnhill
Associate Professor of Education and Human Development

Special Education Textbook Classic

The book Strategies for Teaching Learners with Special Needs, by Dr. Edward Polloway, dean of graduate studies, and others, is now in its 10th edition. Learn more about this valuable text on teaching learners with special needs.

Impacting Her Community

"On my return home, I am looking forward to the opportunity to impact and influence change among the population of students with disabilities."
2012 graduate
Jean Thomas-Jeremy

Read her full account of her LC education on the Dominica News Online website