Special Education

Welcome to the Special Education Program
Bailey Hall
Welcome to the Abilities and Disabilities Studies Program

The Master of Science in Special Education is designed for people teaching exceptional children, whether new to the profession or already having experience. The Special Education master's provides:

  • courses and internships for initial teacher certification in teaching students with mild to severe disabilities,
  • coursework in various specialty areas such as teaching students who are gifted and talented and students on the autism spectrum, and
  • preparation to collaborate effectively in school-wide, multi-tiered systems of support, e.g., Response to Intervention (RTI).

Current general education teachers, specialty area professionals such as occupational therapists, special education teachers, paraeducators, and people with a bachelor's degree seeking a new teaching career in special education are among those for whom the program is intended.


The Special Education Department will no longer accept applications to the Teacher of Students with Severe Disabilities: 286 Certification Concentration.

Scholarships Available for SPY 627 Course for Spring

Reading Matters to Maine is offering a limited number of scholarships for those enrolled in SPY 627. Are you working in a K-5 classroom? Click here for information on how to apply.