Special Education - Research Emphasis (MSEd)

Make a difference as a leader and as a special educator.

Old Dominion University's Master's degree in Special Education with Research Emphasis is designed to provide fully licensed special educators with an advanced professional degree and competencies beyond endorsement. This online master's degree includes a focus on scholarly research, advanced instructional strategies, and the foundations of special education leadership. 

Why ODU for Special Education - Research?

The ODU Master's degree in Special Education with Research Emphasis features:

  • Interactive instructional technology
  • Select cohort of students
  • Participation in an online community
  • Professional development using Council for Exceptional Children Advanced Program and National Board for Professional Teaching (NBPTS) standards
  • Synchronous and asynchronous components
  • Experiences congruent with National Board Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) certification requirements

The research emphasis also will serve as the prerequisite course work to the PhD concentration in special education, thereby facilitating entry into the PhD program for master educators seeking terminal degrees.

Curriculum

This graduate program is an online, interactive master’s degree that will include a focus on scholarly research, advanced instructional strategies, and the foundations of special education leadership. It will provide professional development using Council for Exceptional Children Advanced Program and National Board for Professional Teaching standards to a cohort of well-qualified distance learners.

A list of required and elective courses is available on the department's web page.

Calculating Cost

Graduate Distance Learning Tuition Classification Cost per credit hour
Virginia residents (with Virginia domicile) $412
Students living outside of Virginia $412
* In Virginia but without Virginia domicile $1048


Rates are effective Summer 2013 and subject to change. Please visit the Admission & Financial Aid web site for complete tuition details.

* For questions about domicile or “in-state” status as it applies to tuition rates, please visit the University Registrar.

Special Education - Research Careers

The Master's degree in Special Education with Research Emphasis may lead to the following advanced positions:

  • Team Leader
  • Instructional Specialist
  • Special Education Coordinator
  • Professional Development Trainer
  • Mentor
  • Educational Consultant

Note for students in Washington State from the SAC:

"Eligibility for initial education certification in Washington is based on completion of a state approved educator preparation program. This program is approved in Virginia and is authorized for field placements in Washington by the Professional Educators Standards Board. Even though you may be residing in Washington while in this program, your application for educator certification in Washington will be processed as an out-of-state application. Go to http://pathway.pesb.wa.gov/outofstate for more information. Teachers are advised to contact their individual school districts as to whether this program may qualify for teacher advancement."

Learning Environment

Courses in this program may be offered in these technologies:

Online synchronous: Access course material online from any location and participate in live, regularly scheduled online class meetings.

Online Asynchronous: Access course materials online from any location using ODU's learning management system. These courses require little to no synchronous (same-time) scheduled class meetings, but assignments and exams are scheduled by the instructor. All courses follow ODU's regular academic calendar.

Admission Information

Admission to the graduate program in special education is granted by the department's graduate program director in conjunction with special education faculty. More information is on the program's web page.