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Special Education : Distance Learning

What is Special Education : Distance Learning?

As a field, special education provides direct and indirect services for individuals with disabilities. Some services provided by people in the field of special education include K-12 education, rehabilitation for occupational development and daily independence, community-based case management, disability advocacy, school and individualized consultation services and various other services related to individuals with disabilities and their families. Through education, community awareness and ecologically-based service delivery, the focus of special education is to enhance and better the lives of all individuals with disabilities. The master’s program focuses on providing teacher-leaders in the area of special education.

Success Factors

Candidates who succeed in special education demonstrate:

  • a history of academic success
  • the ability to collaborate with others, including those from diverse populations
  • leadership characteristics
  • responsible, caring, fair, honest and ethical behavior
  • a commitment to social justice and a diverse society
  • a history of good critical thinking and problem solving
  • enthusiasm for working with children and adults with disabilities
  • a commitment to equity and the betterment of individuals with disabilities

Career Possibilities

In general, graduates of the special education masters degree program work as intervention specialists (teachers) in various K-12 education settings, including schools, hospitals, vocational training facilities and other institutions providing educational services for individuals with disabilities. Some graduates of the special education program work as advocates and/or case managers for social agencies.

Curriculum Guides

Advising

All academic advising is conducted by program representatives that will work with each individual student to develop an appropriate academic plan according the students interests. Students have the option to complete this program in a part time or full time format.

Freshman Admission Requirements

Admission requirements include:

  • A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university
  • Complete application package including University of Cincinnati online graduate school application.
  • Statement of academic and professional goals, with a cover letter
  • Resume of professional skills, educational background, and relevant work experience
  • Three Letters of Recommendation
  • Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate work
  • GRE scores – all three sections of the General Test taken within the last 5 years (Desired scores: 470 Verbal; 540 Quantitative, and 4.5 Writing or on the new scale 151 Verbal; 147 Quantitative, and 4.5 Writing) must be submitted if Undergraduate GPA is below 3.0 (4.0 scale)
  • Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 (4.0 scale)

Application Deadline and Procedures

Prospective students will complete the on-line application for their requested program by the posted application deadline. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that all required materials and support documents are successfully submitted. Incomplete applications will not be processed or reviewed.

Transcripts:

Providing academic records during the application process. All applicants are required to upload their unofficial transcripts during the application process. The university defines “unofficial” transcripts as transcripts that have been in the hands of students, are typically printed on plain paper, and do not have a college seal or registrar's signature. Applicants should NOT send official transcripts as part of the application process.

Providing academic records after admission. Once an applicant has been extended an offer of admission to the University of Cincinnati and has accepted the offer, s/he must submit an official transcript showing conferral of a baccalaureate degree or higher as soon as possible to the address below. The university defines “official” transcripts as transcripts that have been received from a secure, authenticated issuing institution and bears validation (e.g., a seal, logo, or watermark), including a date, and an appropriate signature. Official transcripts MUST be sent forward in their original, sealed envelope. The absolute final deadline for submission of official transcripts is one week before the start of the student’s first semester. Students will NOT be allowed to complete a full semester without providing verification of an earned baccalaureate degree or higher. Any discrepancy later found between student-provided unofficial transcripts and official transcripts will be grounds for dismissal. Official Transcripts should be sent to one of the following addresses:

Regular U.S. postal mail: Delivery via parcel delivery service (FedEx, DHL, UPS, etc.):
Graduate School
University of Cincinnati
110 Van Wormer Hall
P.O. Box 210627
Cincinnati, Ohio 45221-0627
Graduate School
University of Cincinnati
2614 McMicken Circle
110 Van Wormer Hall
Cincinnati, Ohio 45221-0627

UC Alumni

Students who have received degrees from the University of Cincinnati do not need to submit official paper copies of their UC transcripts.

Students with degrees received in China

Applicants who have received degrees in China will upload their unofficial transcripts during the application process. The university defines “unofficial” transcripts as transcripts that have been in the hands of students, are typically printed on plain paper, and do not have a college seal or registrar's signature. Unofficial transcripts do NOT need to be verified at this stage of the application process.

After being accepted to join a graduate program

Applicants who have earned a degree in China must submit an English-version verification report from the China Academic Degrees and Graduate Education Development Center (CDGDC) of their final transcripts and degree certificates.  All verification reports must be sent to the University of Cincinnati directly by the CDGDC to be considered official. No other verification will be accepted. Applicants with Chinese transcripts must contact the CDGDC after their degree is completed and request that their degree verification report be submitted directly to the University of Cincinnati. Students who request a verification report prior to degree conferral will be required to submit a second report after conferral.

Verification reports can be ordered at the following websites:

Verification reports are due to the Graduate School one week prior to the start of the student’s first semester. Failure to submit verification reports on time will result in a student being placed in non-matriculated status and loss of his/her student visa status. Verification reports should be sent to one of the following addresses:

Regular U.S. postal mail: Delivery via parcel delivery service (FedEx, DHL, UPS, etc.):
Graduate School
University of Cincinnati
110 Van Wormer Hall
P.O. Box 210627
Cincinnati, Ohio 45221-0627
Graduate School
University of Cincinnati
2614 McMicken Circle
110 Van Wormer Hall
Cincinnati, Ohio 45221-0627

Transferring to UC Requirements

On a case-by-case basis, a student may petition to have graduate credit from an accredited college or university counted as the equivalent of another course in the curriculum and accepted as transfer credit. In such cases, a student will have to supply a course syllabus to ensure that the content in the course taken at another university is equivalent to the content of the course in the M.Ed. curriculum. A course with a similar name or the same name as a course offered at the University of Cincinnati does not necessarily mean that the content of the course is similar enough to accept it as transfer credit to our program.

Students may transfer up to 9 hours of graduate credit in Education courses from an accredited college or university. Graduate courses outside of education will not be accepted.  Courses taken outside an accredited college or university—such as non-credit professional development—will not be accepted. Only courses with grades of B or higher will be considered for transfer. No credit is given for previous work history. Courses taken more than 7 years prior to a student’s entrance into the program will not be accepted as transfer credit.

International Student Requirements

International students are required to submit official TOEFL, TSE, and TWE scores for tests taken within the last seven years, prior to the application deadline for the term of the application. These scores must be submitted directly to the program office.

More information about these tests can be found here.

Graduation Requirements

Before a candidate can graduate, he or she must meet the following requirements:

  1. Be registered for at least one credit in their program in the academic year, after having met minimum degree course requirements to be considered a graduate candidate throughout the academic year.
  2. Have all NG, N, I, UP, SP and F grades removed for degree courses.
  3. Posting of satisfactory grades for the term of graduation.
  4. Satisfactory completion of all applicable College and program requirements is provided by the major advisor filling out the Checklist for Completion of College/Departmental Requirements for Graduation and sending it to the Graduate School.
  5. The final requirement for graduation is the completion of a master’s research project. Specifically, the Candidate must complete a final research project as the culminating experience for the master’s program. The project is completed as part of the Master’s Project Guidance courses. Below is a description of the master’s project and the project guidance courses.

Master’s Project Guidance is an online seminar course completed during a Candidate’s final year of the program. These courses facilitate participants’ development of skills related to critical self-reflection as individuals and as professional educators. The purpose is to support candidates in generating the first portion of a research validated (evidence-based) project that supports the academic, life-skill, occupational, and/or social/emotional development of students. The design and implementation of the master’s project is one of the main outcomes of the course, including a well organized literature review reporting on the current status of literature-based knowledge about a topic. Candidates implement and collect data on the evidence-based practices in a classroom or a service-delivery context. Candidates build the necessary skills to conduct an applied evidence-based Master’s project.

Application Deadlines

Admission Term

Application Deadline

Notification By

Fall

7/1

8/1

Spring

11/15

12/15

Summer

4/1

4/15

Accreditation

The University of Cincinnati and all regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Quick Facts

Master of Education Degree in Special Education : Distance Learning

Full-Time Program Duration

1 Years

Location

Uptown Campus West

Admission Criteria

Open

Contact

PO Box 210014
Cincinnati, OH 45221
Phone: (513) 556-6308
Office of Recruitment
cechrecruit@uc.edu