Jun 16, 2024  
2023-2024 Graduate Bulletin 
    
2023-2024 Graduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Special Education, MA


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Program Code: MA_476A_1
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 these criteria does not guarantee admission.

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

  • 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
  • Have three or more years of teaching experience.

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

Additional Standardized Exam Waiver Eligibility Information


Standardized exam (GRE, GMAT, MAT) waiver eligibility for graduate degree programs at Appalachian State varies by program. No exam waiver is automatic and 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. More complete information about standardized exam waivers can be found in the Admissions Requirements section of this Bulletin .

Accelerated Master’s Program


This program offers an Accelerated Master’s  option for undergraduate students currently enrolled at Appalachian State University.

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: LIT 5525  or SPE 5525  required unless the thesis option is selected

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