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M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction: Special Education

The Master’s in Curriculum and Instruction with a focus in Special Education is comprised of four areas of Special Education.  Degrees are offered in Mild/Moderate, Early Intervention, Academically Gifted, and Educational Diagnostician.  Each degree is comprised of 36 hour of course work. These degrees are offered online and prepare special education teacher candidates to meet the academic, social, and emotional needs of students with disabilities and/or gifts.  

Regular Status for Admission:

  1. Applicants who are regularly admitted to the Graduate School satisfy at least TWO of the following requirements:
  2. Minimum Graduate Record Examination (143 verbal + 138 quantitative) score of 283
    or Graduate Management Admission Test score of 450
  3. Minimum cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 2.5 (based on a 4.0 scale)
  4. Minimum formula score of 707.5 (2.5 GPA x 283 GRE) or Minimum formula score of 1000 (GPA x 200 + GMAT)

Conditional Status

  1. Applicants may be admitted on conditional status with undergraduate deficiencies and/or GPA or GRE scores that fall below the minimum for regular admission. In the latter case, the minimum requirements for conditional status are both:
  2. Minimum cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 2.2 (based on a 4.0 scale) 
    Consideration of all previous coursework, even if below a 2.2 GPA, if 2.5 GPA was received on the last 60 undergraduate hours attempted from a regionally accredited college or university.
  3. Minimum formula score of 622.6 (2.2 GPA x 283 GRE) or for MBA applicants only, 1050 (GPA x 200 + GMAT) applies to all students being considered for Graduate School admission.

Minimum Requirements:

 A candidate for the specialization in Special Education must hold a valid teacher’s certificate in a field complimentary to graduate specialization issued by the Louisiana State Department of Education or its equivalent. A total of 36 semester hours must be earned for the degree. Successful candidates in this program also earn their endorsement for Teacher Leader. See degree plan for specific course requirements.

Degree Plans


Jobs in this Master’s include:

A degree in Mild/Moderate Special Education certifies candidates to teach students in grades 1-12 with mild or moderate disabilities. They are prepared to teach in self-contained special education classrooms, special education resource rooms, as well general education settings as an inclusion teacher. 

A degree in Early Intervention certifies candidates to teach birth to 5 year-old-children with special needs in various setting including school based and home environments.  

Candidates obtaining a degree in Academically Gifted certify them to K-12 students identified as Academically Gifted. 

The Educational Diagnostician degree is an advanced degree that certifies candidates to work on a Pupil Appraisal Team in the school setting or private practice settings.  Educational Diagnosticians conduct educational evaluations as part of the team. The Pupil Appraisal Team mission is to identify students with special needs as outlined in the federal Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA) and Louisiana Department of Education's Bulletin 1508. 



  Sherlyn Powell, Ph.D.
  Associate Professor
  Program Coordinator
  (318) 342-1272