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Welcome to Special Education in The Department of Student Development

The Special Education offers its graduate students many exciting opportunities. Special Education is one of four graduate concentrations that comprise the Student Development Department. The program is nationally accredited and recognized by the National Council of Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC). Special Education offers a Master of Education (M.Ed.), a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study (CAGS), and a Doctorate in Education (Ed.D.) through the School of Education.  An undergraduate degree in Special Education is not available. Special Education offers licensure in two areas as part of a degree program, Teacher of Students with Moderate Disabilities (preK-9; 5-12) and Administrator of Special Education (all levels).

Each year, Special Education continues to enhance its master’s- and doctoral-level programs to ensure the best preparation of special education teachers, teacher educators, administrators, and field researchers. Students who receive their professional development through Special Education have the opportunity to learn and work closely with nationally and internationally renowned faculty. Special Education’s commitment to effective teaching, excellent field supervision and support for novice special educators, innovation, research, and leadership make the University of Massachusetts Amherst a great place to begin or further a special education career.

The Special Education Concentration enjoys national recognition as a member of the Higher Education Council of Special Education (HECSE), a membership open only to doctoral degree granting institutions in the U.S.  The purpose of the organization is to enhance doctoral education.

We look forward to the opportunity to work with you in the field of special education and hope you find this site helpful.