Masters in Special Education

Special Education | Graduate

Overview & Purpose: Preparing World-Class Teachers for an Interdependent World

The 36-credit Master of Education program in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, with a concentration in Special Education consists of a curriculum that meets state and professional standards and prepares candidates for certification as K-12 special education (non-categorical) teachers. The program is grounded in cutting-edge empirical research and best practices for addressing the educational needs of underserved children and youth, especially African American and other children of color in urban and other diverse settings. Core components of the program include: (a) an interdisciplinary approach that highlights human development sciences and an asset-focused approach to teaching culturally and linguistically diverse children; (b) an emphasis on strong content and sound pedagogical practices; and (c) extensive field-based experiences. Full-time students may complete the program in one year.


James Jackson, PhD

Program Coordinator
Associate Professor

Katherine Norris, Ed.D

Department Chair
Associate Professor

Program Details

  • Degree Classification: Graduate
  • Related Degrees: M.Ed.
  • Program Frequency: Full-Time
  • Format: In Person

Admission Requirements

Admission Criteria

Undergraduate GPA of 2.7 or higher

Bachelor’s Degree

*Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators (Core) Reading 156 or higher

*Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators (Core) Writing 162 or higher

* Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators (Core) Mathematics 150 or higher

Personal Statement

Biographical Sketch

Three letters of recommendation


* Test score requirements are subject to change per the Office of State Superintendent (OSSE) requirements. Visit OSSE’s teacher licensure page for approved substitutes (

Note: Fully certified teachers will complete a modified plan of study, in consultation with an assigned advisor, to pursue additional interests.

Degree Requirements

The Masters in Special Education requires 36 credit hours. Please reference the Plan of Study for complete listing of program requirements.

Caution to Prospective Students

The Board of Trustees of Howard University on September 24, 1983, adopted the following policy statement regarding applications for admission: "Applicants seeking admission to Howard University are required to submit accurate and complete credentials and accurate and complete information requested by the University. Applicants who fail to do so shall be denied admission. Enrolled students who as applicants failed to submit accurate and complete credentials or accurate and complete information on their application for admission shall be subject to dismissal when the same is made known, regardless of classification."