Domestic Student Admission

The Special Education Online Hybrid program includes coursework that is primarily web-based and asynchronous, yet each course includes regular, live (in-person), synchronous sessions at Miami University’s Voice of America Learning Center in West Chester, Ohio. Given the online hybrid nature of our program, 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. The SEOH program prefers candidates whose cumulative GPAs are at least 3.0. However, it will consider applicants with GPAs as low as the Graduate School's 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.

Prospective Bermuda Applicants

We will be welcoming a new cohort of Bermuda students beginning in the spring 2020 term. Interested 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. 

Master’s degree applicants will submit all application materials 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.

Non-Degree applicants will select "Non-Degree/Non-Certificate" on page one of the application. Applicants must submit a $20 application fee to complete the Graduate School application. All other required application items should be separately emailed to the program.

Required Application Items and Submissions

The non-degree program option is only available to students who possess current teaching licenses in other teaching fields (Bermuda partnership students excluded.) 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
  • Three professional letters of recommendation addressing one’s potential for advanced graduate study

Applicants will first create an application account to submit the appropriate Graduate School Application according to one’s citizenship. Degree applicants will select that they are applying to a “Graduate Degree program” on page one of the application. Applicants not pursuing the master's degree will select that they are applying as a “Non-Degree/Non-Certificate” applicant on page one of the application.

Degree applicants will search and select “Special Education” on page two of the application as well as the application term in which they wish to begin the program. On page 3, applicants will select whether they'll be “taking courses for Licensure?” If you are pursuing licensure in addition to the degree, select “Special Education On-line Hybrid-License” from the drop-down menu. Upload the required documents and answer the remaining questions on page 3. Submit the application and pay the $50 application fee.

Non-degree seekers will click on “Non-Degree Programs” (written in large text) on page two of the application. “Non-Matriculated – CGS” will appear. Click on it and select the application term in which you wish to begin your program. Click the “Confirm Program Selection” red button and then “Next.” On page 3 of the application, select “Yes” to the question, “Will you be taking courses for Licensure?” and select “Special Education On-line Hybrid-License” from the drop-down menu. Answer the remaining questions, submit the application and pay the $20 application fee. Next, email the required application components.

Deadlines and Notification

The SEOH program admits students 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 M.Ed. program application deadline - July 1
  • Fall Licensure-only application deadline - August 1
  • Spring M.Ed. program application deadline - January 1
  • Spring Licensure-only application deadline - January 15

The SEOH program practices rolling admission. Complete applications are reviewed as they are received. Decisions are made within four to six weeks.

Tuition and Financial Assistance

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