Domestic Student Admission

The Special Education graduate program includes coursework that is primarily web-based and asynchronous, yet each course includes regularly scheduled live synchronous Saturday sessions. Given the online program format, international students, with the exception of students participating in our Bermuda Partnership, are not eligible for admission.

Applicants for graduate study must have earned a US equivalent 4-year baccalaureate (bachelor's) degree from an accredited institution with a minimum grade point average of 2.75. Students are admitted as a cohort to begin the program each fall or spring semester.

Applicants seeking their first teaching license must apply for the master’s degree program. Their coursework will include the courses necessary to earn an intervention specialist’s license. Applicants who have teaching licenses in a field other than special education may choose to apply for the master’s degree or the licensure-only option. Licensed intervention specialists are also welcome to apply for the master’s degree in special education. The master’s degree curriculum for all students includes the requisite coursework for K-12, Mild-Moderate Intervention Specialist licensure.

Required Application Items and Submissions

In addition to the Graduate School application and fee, the other required items for program admission include:

  • College transcripts
  • Copy of teaching license (licensure-only applicants)
  • Personal statement describing reasons for pursuing a career in special education and one's ability to complete online coursework
  • Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  • Two professional letters of recommendation addressing one’s potential for advanced graduate study

Degree Applicants

All application materials will be submitted to the Graduate School online. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable for admission consideration. However, official transcripts must be received by the Graduate School prior to enrollment. Applicants will first create an application account to submit the Graduate School Online Application.

Degree applicants will select “Graduate Degree (Online Programs)” application. homepage. Next:

  • Complete the Student Information, Academic History, and Recommendations sections.
    • Select "Special Education (online)" as the program to which you are applying. Next, select "Master of Education," then your preferred start term and "Part-time Study" as this program is only offered part-time. Indicate your election for licensure. If you are pursuing the K-12 Mild/Moderate license in addition to the degree, select "Special Education" for your licensure election.
      • Recommendations: provide your recommenders' contact information and request a letter of reference through the application system. Applicants will not upload letters themselves.
    • Review your application and submit it.
  • Supplemental Materials
    • Once you have submitted your application, you will then be able to upload your resume and statement of purpose. In addition to outlining your academic interests, professional goals, and reasons for selecting this graduate program, please share any familiarity with and ability to complete online coursework.

Non-degree applicants

The non-degree application option is only available to students who possess valid teaching licenses in other teaching fields (unless applying as a Bermuda partnership student.) The application and fee will be submitted to the Graduate School. All other required application items will be separately emailed to the SEOH program. Applicants will first create an application account before submitting the Graduate School Application.

Applicants seeking the K-12 Mild/Moderate Intervention Specialist teaching license but not pursuing the master's degree will select “Graduate Non-Degree” on the application homepage. Next:

  • Complete the Personal Background page.
  • Admissions Information page
    • Select "Non-Degree" as the program to which you are applying. Next, select "CGS" degree, choose only the fall or spring terms and then "Part-time Study" as this program is only offered part-time with fall or spring starts.
  • Licensure page
    • Select "Yes" to pursue the K-12 Mild-Moderate Intervention Specialist license and then choose "Special Education" program.

Answer the remaining questions and submit the application and $20 application fee. Though you may receive admission notification from Miami's graduate school after submitting the fee, this does not indicate that you are admitted to our licensure program. You must email the remaining required application materials (transcripts, copy of teaching license, personal statement, resume and 2 letters of recommendation) to the Special Education program office for admission review.

Prospective Bermuda Applicants

Prospective Bermuda Partnership applicants are encouraged to submit an inquiry form and resume for consideration. Formal program application recommendations will be made after receipt of the form.

Deadlines and Notification

Students are admitted in the fall and spring terms only. All application materials should be received by the date corresponding to the program type and term below for admission consideration.

  • Fall semester application deadline: August 1
  • Spring semester application deadline: February 1

Applications are processes as received. Decisions are made within a few weeks of receipt.

Tuition and Financial Assistance

Miami University strives to help students afford a graduate education. Program tuition and fees are dependent upon residency, term, partnership and course of study. Please visit the One Stop website for details regarding tuition and fees.