RMU's Special Education (MEd) program is for currently certified teachers who are looking to gain the skills, knowledge, and competencies necessary to meet the needs of students with disabilities in multiple settings.
Students learn to utilize research-based, effective instructional strategies and diagnostic tools to enable candidates to develop a thorough understanding of child development and appropriate diagnostic and instructionally adaptive strategies for all learners.
In addition, graduates of the program are able to demonstrate knowledge and competence in the areas of academic, social, and emotional growth and implement that knowledge to maximize a student's capabilities.
The Special Education (MEd) program can be completed in two years. Courses will be offered in the fall, spring, and summer terms. The graduate courses are offered one evening per week from 6-10 p.m. for eight weeks.
Currently there are only two other private universities in the region that offer a similar degree.
A unique component of the program is its practicum, which is designed to engage students in 90 hours of field-based, directed study experiences under the supervision of a mentor. The students will provide documentation of their knowledge and skills according to the Standards for the Preparation of the Special Education Teachers developed by the Council for Exceptional Children.
Most of our graduate programs can be completed in 27 months or less, through in-class, online or hybrid study. Take classes one night a week through your course of study. Admission is rolling and classes start fresh every eight weeks. You can also choose to pursue your degree full- or part-time.
Through learning opportunities that are continually improved and updated, we provide enhanced opportunities to clear the way for our students’ success. In addition, our academic departments and programs have close ties with professional communities, providing valuable connections for our students.
Our programs support the intellectual, social, and personal development of students. They also prepare individuals through the integration of technology, effective communication skills, and the application of theory into practice. Overall, students will experience a dynamic combination of in-class and exciting engagement opportunities that fully prepare them for the many challenges that classroom teachers and applied psychology/social science working professionals manage on a daily basis.
The School of Education and Social Sciences faculty is comprised of caring individuals who accept the responsibility for educating the "whole" student at RMU. Consequently, our faculty members are specialists in their areas of expertise who effectively implement sound instructional practices when teaching and just as importantly, they engage students in a variety of purposeful enrichment activities outside the classroom setting. As all faculty possess related work experience as practitioners in the field, such as principals, superintendents, teachers, researchers, authors, psychologists, counselors, etc., students learn from them first-hand what it takes to succeed.
One strength of the Education programs at RMU is the many faculty who are experts in Special Education: