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Special Education (MEd, Guided Studies – Individualized) (hybrid)

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Degree Overview

The Guided Studies Individualized Concentration is designed to meet the needs of students who are not seeking a teaching license. Candidates in this program may already hold standard or professional licensure in special education or come from a related field (e.g., occupational or physical therapy) and want to develop their individual interests and skills. Students in this concentration work with an advisor to identify and receive approval for three goal areas that they wish to address through curriculum offerings. The advisor will work with the student to develop a plan of study to meet the identified goals.

Requirements and Curriculum

Individualized Concentration
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The learning experience in the Guided Studies program was well beyond my satisfaction. The program provides a quality and outstanding education tailored to my needs in enhancing the learning needs of my students with disabilities in adapted physical education. The classes were interesting, challenging and informative. It gave me an opportunity for personal growth in the field of Special Education.
– Susan Crotch, 2011

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Program at a Glance


Completed applications are reviewed on a rolling admission basis. Admissions requirements are as follows:

  • Official transcript of a Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Professional resume
  • Official transcripts of graduate level course work from a regionally accredited institution (if applicable)
  • Graduate application and fee
  • An essay, no more than one page in length, in response to one of the following questions:
    • Tell us about a positive situation in which you helped a person and made a significant difference in that person’s life.
    • What are the most important factors in establishing a long-term working relationship with students, friends, etc.?
    • Tell us about a significant event that involved you in a teaching or helping mode.
      • Describe the situation as it occurred at the time.
      • What did you do in that particular situation?
      • How did you feel about the situation at the time you were experiencing it?
      • How do you feel about the situation now?
      • What would you change, if anything?


This is a hybrid program, with limited Saturday sessions for select classes designed to facilitate interaction and collaboration.

Total Credits

39 credits

Program Cost

Tuition and fees

Time Frame

While you can complete the program in as few as 2 years, you have 6 years to complete the program.

Program Highlights

Candidates may complete all five courses in the BCBA program as part of their individualized plan of study.

Career Opportunities

People come to this program from very different backgrounds, but most stay in their positions:

  • Special Education
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Adapted Physical Education

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