Miami University offers part-time graduate program options in special education for practicing educators and persons wanting to transition into the field of education. Our program is well-suited for students wanting to develop expertise in designing and implementing special education services for K-12 students with mild to moderate disabilities.

Developed for working professionals, this online program includes coursework that is primarily web-based and asynchronous, yet each course also includes regularly scheduled online synchronous Saturday sessions  Aside from the student teaching that is required for some students, all other associated field experiences can be managed while working either in or out of the field of education.

You will be trained as an Intervention Specialists who can:

  • Identify and support learners with all types of developmental differences in the Mild to Moderate range
  • Collaborate effectively with students, family members, colleagues and community members for best outcomes for students
  • Interpret assessment data effectively and pair this with personal knowledge of students as individuals to design the best educational instruction, strategies and supports that optimize learning outcomes and social interactions
  • Advocate for socially just practices in schools with a deep awareness of issues of dis/ability, race, class, gender and sexuality and the ways in which they may impact identification of and/or service delivery for children
  • Demonstrate leadership in the field for promoting productive changes consistent with social change and growth

What Our Alumni Say

Clayton Adams, M.S. '19

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• Intervention Specialist, Cincinnati Public Schools
• Community Outreach Chairperson for the Cincinnati Federation of Teachers
• Co-chair for Aiken High School’s Instructional Leadership Team and Transition Coordinator

“Miami’s program offered an accelerated course of study which meant I was able to obtain my master’s degree quickly. I was able to find a teaching job as an Intervention Specialist immediately upon graduation. When I considered the affordable cost as well as the accelerated course of study, it was a no-brainer to enroll in Miami’s Special Education graduate program.”

Chelsea Myers, M.S. '21

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• Elementary School Teacher, Milford Exempted Village School District

“Miami truly puts education first and makes it available to everyone! I also coach a robotics club, running club for the entire school, and Girls on the Run. Miami's program allowed me to continue volunteering and enhance my own education. Every bit of what I learned was/is usable. The professors were amazing!”

What Our Faculty Say

Attractive Features

  • Structured to quickly and efficiently license intervention specialists to alleviate shortages in the field of special education
  • Primarily web-based, asynchronous coursework coupled with live, synchronous Saturday online course meetings
  • Pathway to license and degree available to students without previous teacher education training
  • Faculty offer a mix of exceptionally strong commitment to teaching with extensive special education practitioner experience

Miami's grad degree completion rate is on average 20% higher than other Ohio universities


Tan background with red "#1" with black text reading "More Ohioans earn their special education master's degree from Miami than from any other Ohio University. Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2019