Dec 05, 2021  
2021-2022 Graduate Bulletin 
    
2021-2022 Graduate Bulletin

Special Education, MA


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Program Code: MA_476A
CIP Code: 13.1001

Program of Study for the Master of Arts in Special Education


Advanced Licensure: Requirements for this program were designed, and have been approved by the appropriate bodies at the state level, to meet the advanced competencies as mandated in the North Carolina Excellent Schools Act for Master-level (M-level) teacher education programs ONLY for students with A-level license from North Carolina or equivalent. Graduates seeking M-level license must have A-level license at the time of application for M-level license.

Admission Requirements: Baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university; complete the application to the Graduate School ; official general GRE or MAT exam scores, unless waived.

To be considered for admission, applicants must meet the criteria for admission to the Graduate School . Meeting this condition does not guarantee admission.

Standardized Exam Waiver Eligibility: The standardized exam (GRE or MAT) requirement may be waived for applicants who:

  1. Have completed 6 credit hours of graduate coursework at Appalachian State University or other accredited institution, with a grade of “B” or better, within the last five years; OR
  2. Have three or more years of teaching experience.

Accelerated Admission Option: This program offers an accelerated admission option for undergraduate students currently enrolled at Appalachian State University.

Location: On Campus and Off Campus; Off-Campus cohorts begin periodically, and follow a part-time extended format.

Additional Information about Standardized Exam Waiver Eligibility


Any standardized exam waiver for a graduate degree program at Appalachian State requires that applicants hold a minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher in their last earned degree (undergraduate or graduate; some programs have established higher GPA requirements). No exam waiver is automatic but will require review and approval by the Graduate School upon submission of a complete application. An approved waiver request does not guarantee acceptance into the program. A denied waiver request does not mean that a candidate is denied admission to the program, only that a standardized exam score is needed to more fully evaluate the application. Standardized test scores may be required for scholarship consideration.

Course Requirements for the Master of Arts in Special Education


Total Required (Minimum 36 Hours)


Thesis Option (15 Hours)


Choose One:

With Thesis (15 Hours)


  • (3 Hours)
  • 12 hours of graduate electives chosen with the graduate advisor’s approval, see the list of Suggested Electives below

Without Thesis (15 Hours)


Other Requirements for the MA in Special Education


  • Thesis: Optional
  • Proficiency: Not required
  • Candidacy: Not required
  • Comprehensive: Not required
  • Product of Learning: R E 5525 or SPE 5525 required unless the thesis option is selected

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