M.A. in Special Education
Candidates will be selected based on the following three factors:
- Letters of Recommendation: Two letters of recommendation, one or both of which from individuals who have observed you teaching (e.g., student teaching cooperating teacher, University supervisor, principal); the second letter may be from a former professor able to address your academic potential. Please refer to the application rubric to note what your letter writers should address in their letters. Character references are not appropriate.
- Personal Statement: In this statement you will discuss why you want to become a special education teacher and your strengths in this area. Also, state why you are pursuing a graduate degree in special education, and discuss any coursework, research, or direct service experiences you have had that involved individuals with disabilities. Finally, discuss your personal goals in this degree program and any issues/problems you would like to address in your studies.
- Interview: Each applicant will meet with program faculty on an individual basis to respond to a set of questions pertinent to the graduate degree.
How to Apply
To apply, students submit the following materials, as noted on the online application.
*International students: please see special information for international applicants.)
- A completed online application for admission through the URI Graduate School
- Application fee of $65.00 (online payment preferred)
- Personal Statement (included in the online application)
- Two official college transcripts (sent by the institution).
Note: To apply to the special education program, you must have at least a 3.0 undergraduate GPA, based on a 4 point scale. Transcripts should go to Ms. Marsha Mott.
- Two letters of recommendation included in the online application
- If you are claiming RI residency, an official certificate of residency (to Ms. Marsha Mott).
In addition to the above, please submit the following materials in a single packet to Ms. Marsha Mott (Room 705, Chafee Social Science Building, URI Kingston Campus).
- A current license in elementary education or be completing an elementary education program and be eligible for licensure by August 15 (as indicated by the official transcript), if you are applying to the elementary education program
- A current license in secondary education or be completing a secondary education program and be eligible for licensure by August 15 (as indicated by the official transcript), if you are applying to the secondary special education program
- Clear background check
- A resume
*** Note: GRE or MAT scores are not needed.
Students will be admitted to the program once a year. Review of applications will begin in the Spring Semester. A cohort of 12 students will be admitted each spring/summer to the elementary special education program and a cohort of 12 students will be admitted each spring/summer to the secondary special education program. Applications will be accepted until each cohort is filled. After students are interviewed, a list of recommended students goes to the URI Graduate Admissions Office for formal approval.