Special Education

Welcome to the Abilities and Disabilities Studies Program
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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.


Graduate Studies Open House

Monday, April 6, 2015
4:30 - 6:00 PM
Abromson Center Second Floor Mezzanine
USM Portland Campus

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