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General Special Education Studies

The Master of Science in General Special Education Studies provides an individualized 36-39 credit program of study for individuals working in school and community organizations that support children, youth, and adults with disabilities.This program accepts certified special educators, and related services and community based professionals. Applicants must possess an academic background in special education or closely related field, and have experience working with individuals who have cognitive and/or developmental disabilities.

With the approval of an adviser, students may apply credits earned in two of the following graduate certificate programs towards a Master of Science in Special Education degree with a concentration in General Special Education Studies. Current graduate certificate program offerings include:

Advanced Methods for Differentiated Instruction and Inclusive Education
Early Intervention/Preschool Special Education Specialist
Education of Students with Autism and Other Pervasive Developmental Disorders
Gifted Education

Students must apply for the master's program and the graduate certificates concurrently. All programs requirements must be completed within five years.

Note: Some graduate certificate options require that students hold initial certification or licensure in special education or a related field. As part of the admissions process, applicants are required to submit proof of their initial state teacher certification or licensure.

Admissions Requirements
Special Education Milestone Dates


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Dr. Laurie deBettencourt

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Camilla Mika-Simms
(410) 516-9760

Josh Fernandez Special Ed Teacher

“Johns Hopkins School of Education (SOE) provided me with an invaluable, relevant, and diverse education through my master's program. As a special education teacher in Montgomery County Public Schools, I‘ve  benefited greatly from the  knowledge and experiences gained from my time with JHU. I fully recommend JHU SOE to all prospective or rising special educators."

Josh Fernandez
Special Education Teacher
Montgomery County Public Schools