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M.Ed in Special Education - General Curriculum Online

Complete Coursework in 18-24 months Credit Hours: 36 Tuition: $13,860 plus fees.


The Master of Education in Special Education – General Curriculum online program at Columbus State University will help you explore the most advanced ways to help students thrive. You will learn from some of the most recognized leaders in special education and earn a degree from one of the top-ranked special education programs in the U.S.

What you'll gain:

  • Expertise in studies of content, pedagogy, research, reading and psychological foundations
  • The required knowledge and proficiency to apply for an upgrade of your state certification level
  • Skills to acquire information in the field related to specific disabilities as they occur

Columbus State's field-seasoned faculty will help you develop a deeper understanding of your students' unique learning needs. You'll have the confidence and skills to help students with unique educational and functional needs become as independent and accomplished as possible.

Online Courses

The course work for the M.Ed. in Special Education – General Curriculum online degree program is accelerated, and is based on 7-week terms to provide flexibility for the student and to help shorten average time to completion. This program includes instruction on research methods, assessment, instruction, and a practicum for applying learnings in an appropriate educational setting. To see the full list of courses for the M.Ed. in Special Education online program, View courses


Tuition for the M.Ed. in Special Education – General Curriculum online program is competitive, and the tuition cost is the same for both Georgia and non-Georgia residents. To help make the program tuition costs more manageable, enrolled students can pay by the course while progressing through their online program. Related fees can also be paid per 7-week term, or per semester, as applicable. Financial aid may also be available for those students who qualify. To learn more about tuition for this online master of education program, View tuition


To apply to the Master of Education in Special Education – General Curriculum online program, you must file an official application and all related, required documents, including official transcripts, GRE test scores or teaching license and applicable exam scores, as well as a minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.75. To learn more about all the admission requirements specific to this master of education online program, View admissions


The academic calendar for the M.Ed. in Special Education – General Curriculum online program is arranged to offer maximum start date flexibility for online students, allowing for two starts per fall or spring semester. Additional flexibility is built in with a document deadline that extends beyond the application deadline, to allow for receipt of a completed application. To see our calendar, including upcoming start dates and important deadlines for this master of education online program, View calendar

Online Courses

For the M.Ed. in Special Education – General Curriculum online program, students must complete the following course work, which includes a field experience in an educational setting appropriate to the program.

The interrelationship between motivation, learning and teaching, including critical thinking skills, with emphasis on application to the needs of diverse learners.
Introduction to qualitative and quantitative research methods and statistical procedures. Emphasis on systematic teacher inquiry and data-driven decision making to improve student achievement.
Seminar designed to enhance understanding of professional educators regarding the interrelated roles of school personnel; a collaborative teaching strategy employed to better prepare teachers, counselors and leaders for the job of improving student academic success and achievement. (Course fee required).
This course is designed to provide an introduction to information processing techniques in special education. The course will present an information processing model emphasizing the initial components of that model, namely methods and techniques for locating, accessing, organizing and manipulating text and media source material as well as field-based information. Students will apply the model by analyzing information needs, accessing materials, and organizing information related to current issues and trends in the field of special education.
Prerequisite: SPED 6785. This course is designed to prepare the special educator to use information to form judgments, make decisions, substantiate positions, persuade others and/or to demonstrate and explain to others. The process will be directly related to a variety of special education problems and/or issues identified with students' professional context. Students will learn to apply the processes through demonstration, guided instruction, small group activities, individual assignments and class projects. Special Education content domains targeted by this course include parent relations, collaboration, community resources, advocacy, interdisciplinary concerns, classroom instruction and in-service training.
The nature and interrelatedness of factors that affect reading performance, instruments and techniques for assessment and diagnosis of reading performance and evidence-based reading instruction are explored. Required clinical; case study. Aligned with the International Reading Association Standards and the National Reading Panel.
Prerequisite: 5205G. This course examines the principles of behavior management as related to academic and nonacademic behaviors of learners with disabilities. General and specific methods for generating, strengthening, and maintaining desirable behavior and methods for weakening behavior are presented.
This course is intended to provide a study of the characteristics and needs of children, youth, and adults with mild and moderate disabilities, including the history, current laws, and identification procedures, eligibility requirements, educational issues, theoretical framework, specific program models and strategies. The social, psychological, and educational implications of mild and moderate disabilities as well as the historical and political perspectives will be included.
The emphasis of this course is on basic psychometric concepts related to theory and interpretation of test results and psychological reports. Special attention is given to the diagnosis of students based upon psychometric data. The selection of remedial education programs related to these test results as well as recent issues in testing are discussed. This course emphasizes the selection of standardized test batteries and norm-referenced and criterion-referenced assessment techniques. (Course fee required.)
This course is designed to provide specific information, exposure, and experience related to a variety of ways that current and emerging technology may be used to improve the education and lives of learners with disabilities. (Course fee required.)
A study of the application of research validated practices in the areas of educational placement, instructional and transitional planning, data management and materials utilization for students of school age who require intermittent and limited supports beyond those provided by regular education.
This final field experience is open only for special education graduate students who have completed all of their special education endorsement requirements. It will consist of full-time intern teaching in an appropriate educational setting, serving students with mild and moderate disabilities. Students will participate in all phases of the school program to which they are assigned. (S/U graded; course fee required).
This course is designed to provide in-depth exploration of current issues in the field of special education and in the various specific areas of exceptionality. Issues relating to the interface of general and special education will also be explored. Using skills acquired in SPED 6786, students will be expected to review, evaluate and present information on the various topics considered.


Columbus State online tuition is the same—both in-state and out-of-state, and is conveniently payable by course.

Program Per Credit Hour Fees
Master of Education in Special Education - General Curriculum $385

$132.50 institution fee per 7-week term

$39.50 tech fee per 7-week term

$33.50 Activity Fee per 7 week term

$38 per course instructional fee

$149.50 Tk20 fee—see below

$50 application fee


Students must purchase a Tk20 account when accepted into the program. A Tk20 account can be purchased for $149.50 through the CSU bookstore. Purchase Tk20

Admission Requirements

Master of Education in Special Education – General Curriculum

Here's a checklist of what you'll need to begin the admissions process for your Columbus State M.Ed. in Special Education – General Curriculum:

  • Minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.75 (regular admission) or 2.50 (provisional admission) on all undergraduate work at an accredited United States institution in fulfillment of the requirements for a baccalaureate degree
  • A clear renewable teaching license or documentation of eligibility for certification (approved program completion and applicable licensure exam scores).
  • The successful applicant must not have a criminal record or discharge from the armed services that would prevent recommendation for related teacher certifications.

Out of State Students

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Education Programs


The academic calendar for the Master of Education in Special Education – General Curriculum online program offers the flexibility and convenience of multiple start dates per year, as well as other important dates for students.

Semester Start Date Application Deadline Deadline for Receipt of All Documents Needed for Admission Registration Deadline Tuition/Fees Deadline
Summer 1 Semester 2018 June 13, 2018 May 13, 2018 May 27, 2018 June 12, 2018 June 13, 2018
Fall 1 Semester 2018 August 20, 2018 June 30, 2018 July 15, 2018 August 19, 2018 August 20, 2018
Fall 2 Semester 2018 October 11, 2018 September 11, 2018 August 28, 2018 October 10, 2018 October 11, 2018*

*This tuition/fees deadline applies only to students who were NOT enrolled in the previous session

Additional Important Dates

Semester Start Date Schedule Adjustment Period (DROP ONLY) Last Day to Withdraw without Academic Penalty Last Day of Classes
Spring 2 Semester 2018 March 13, 2018 March 13, 2018 March 27, 2018 May 7, 2018
Summer 1 Semester 2018 June 13, 2018 June 13, 2018 June 27, 2018 July 31, 2018
Fall 1 Semester 2018 August 20, 2018 August 20, 2018 September 3, 2018 October 9, 2018
Fall 2 Semester 2018 October 11, 2018 October 11, 2018 October 24, 2018 December 10, 2018
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Top Reasons to Enroll:

  • U.S. News & World Report ranks Columbus State in the Top 60 Best Online Graduate Education Programs for 2015
  • Ranked #9 in the Top 25 Most Affordable Online Master's in Special Education 2016
  • The College of Education and Health Professions is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) formerly known as the National Council for Accreditation for Teacher Education (NCATE).
  • CSU is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC™) to award associate, baccalaureate, master's, education specialist and doctoral degrees
  • Instruction from highly accomplished faculty—the same faculty who teach on campus
  • 100% online—flexible and convenient
  • Multiple start dates—start when you're ready