M.Ed. in Special Education: Adapted Curriculum

The College of Education offers a Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Special Education: Adapted Curriculum (masters + teaching license) that prepares teachers to work with students with moderate to severe intellectual disabilities, multiple disabilities and autism spectrum disorders. The program is for adults who have earned a bachelor’s degree (i.e., you are post baccalaureate), may have some professional work experience, and want to obtain teaching credentials for grades preK-12. This program is designed to meet the needs of adult learners, with courses offered in the evenings and/or offered in a blended or online format. The program of study combines course work and field experiences to prepare candidates for teacher licensure.

Candidates must possess a bachelor’s degree and complete the professional studies and endorsement course requirements in the program and demonstrate the competencies exhibited by skillful teachers and those required for Virginia licensure in both professional studies and the endorsement area. Candidates must be proficient in all competencies to be recommended for licensure.

The internship (student teaching), required for all licensure completers in the Initial Licensure Program, is a semester long field-based teaching experience in the appropriate grade level or subject area. Self-analysis and reflection on planned and implemented instruction and frequent conferences with the mentor teacher and the university supervisor are prominent aspects of the experience.  Because the internship must be a supervised experience, student teaching placements are made in schools local to the university.

Program Course Sequence

The following professional studies courses, or their equivalents, are required of all candidates in the K-12 Special Education Program, Adapted Curriculum:

  • EDCI 500 Teaching and the Development of the Learner (3 credits)*
  • EDCI 506 Foundations of American Education (3 credits)*
  • EDCI 507 Early Literacy and Language Development (3 credits)*
  • EDSE 533 Positive Approaches to Behavior Management (3 credits)*
  • EDSE 539 Characteristics of Students Accessing an Adapted Curriculum (3 credits)*
  • EDSE 541 Goals and Practices for Students Accessing Adapted Curriculum (3 credits)*
  • INDT 531 Emerging and Assistive Technologies (3 credits)
  • EDCI 550 M.Ed. Initial Licensure Internship (6 credits)*

Field experiences are embedded in the following courses: EDCI 507, EDSE 539, and EDSE 541.

Endorsement Courses

In addition to the professional studies course work outlined above, the following endorsement courses are required of all candidates seeking the Special Education Adapted Curriculum endorsement:

  • EDSE 531 Survey of Special Education: Characteristics and Legal Issues*
  • EDSE 534 Assessment, Evaluation, and Instructional Planning*
  • EDSE 535 Collaborative Consultation and Transition Planning*
  • EDSE 537 Characteristics of Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders (3)
  • EDSE 538 Methods for Teaching and Supporting Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders (3)

The following course beyond the initial licensure professional studies course work (excluding field experience credits)and endorsement course work is required of all candidates for the M.Ed. degree.

  • EDCI 589 Applied Research (3 credits)

Documents, Deadlines & Policies

Graduate Admissions


Testing Information

Program Policies: Graduate Program Catalog

Questions about the program, contact:

Dr. April Brecht
Director of Advising Center Services
Phone: (540) 286-8032
Email: abrecht@umw.edu

Dr. Jennifer Walker
Program Director of Special Education
Phone: (540) 654-1348
Email: jwalker4@umw.edu