Through application-based projects and practitioner-friendly assignments, you will learn to be an inclusive special educator who provides engaging and differentiated instruction to learners with diverse learning abilities. Upon completing the program, you will have enhanced knowledge and skills as a special educator ready to make a difference in the classroom for all students.
Choose a Concentration and Make a Difference
Special Education: General Curriculum K-12
This concentration leads to a master’s degree and eligibility for a license to teach special education in kindergarten through grade 12.
Special Education: Adapted Curriculum K-12
In this concentration, you will take up to 39 hours of coursework in education and adapted curriculum and 6 hours of internship to obtain initial licensure in special education, adapted curriculum.
Early Childhood Special Education, 0-5 years old
This option prepares graduates to work with and advocate for infants and young children with developmental delays and disabilities birth to five and their families in a variety of early intervention, home and school settings.
Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Pre-K-12
This concentration prepares teachers to work with deaf and hard of hearing students of all ages. You are exposed to the various communication and instructional approaches.
Visual Impairment, Pre-K-12
This concentration is for individuals interested in a master's degree in special education with visual impairments. Only one additional course in educational research is required beyond the full licensure program.
Why Study Special Education at Radford?
- All courses are offered online
- Tuition assistance is available with grant funding for many eligible students seeking licensure
- Our faculty are supportive of the academic and professional development of our students
- We are the only university in Virginia to offer licensure coursework in all five (5)areas of special education endorsement
How do students from Radford do professionally post-graduation?
- 100% employment rate
- Graduates learn how to collaborate with elementary, middle and secondary school teachers
- You will be able to help meet the needs of every child in the classroom
- Graduates are highly recruited by school administrators
What’s the career outlook for Special Education?
- Special education ranks at number 2 on the 2022-2023 Ten Critical Shortage Teaching Endorsement Areas in Virginia (Cline, 2022)
- The demand for special educators is expected to increase by 4% from now through 2031 (Bureau of Labor Statistics, Department of Labor, 2022)
A combination of factors including GPA, personal essay, current resume, 3 professional references, official transcripts, and teaching experience will be used for determining acceptance to the graduate program in special education.
There are opportunities to conduct research in classrooms that can result in publishing peer-reviewed journal articles or books and presenting at professional conferences with faculty.
The Certificate in Autism Studies is another option requiring 12 credit hours. The Masters Only program is available for those interested in a non-licensure route.
The Five-Year program is for full-time students who immediately want to get their master’s degree after completing their bachelor’s degree.
99% acceptance rate
5 special education concentration areas
99% of students pass their comprehensive exam on the first try
We have options for licensure or non-licensure paths
We offer licensure and non-licensure program options, courses for adding another licensure area to an existing license, and a five-year program where undergraduates complete one more year as full-time students to end with a master’s degree.