Admissions at a Glance

Entrance Semesters
Fall, spring, summer.
Application Deadlines
Fall priority admissions, March 1; applications on a rolling basis until August 1.
Spring priority admissions, November 1; applications on a rolling basis until December 1.
Summer admission: May 1
Additional Requirements
Statement of Purpose
Transcripts
2 Letters of Recommendation
Resume
Praxis Core scores (Passing scores by DC standards on Praxis Core exam: Reading 156, Writing 162, Math 150).
Application
Online Application

Sample Programs of Study

  • One Year / Three Semesters

    Fall
    EDU 645: Learning Disabilities I
    EDU 671: Foundations of Reading: Diagnosis and Remediation
    EDU 605: Psycho-educational Assessment for Learning Disabilities
    EDU 654: Methods of Managing Pupils with Behavior Disorders
    EDU 792: In Service Training Project (1 credit)


    Spring
    EDU 645: Learning Disabilities I
    EDU 671: Foundations of Reading: Diagnosis and Remediation
    EDU 605: Psycho-educational Assessment for Learning Disabilities
    EDU 654: Methods of Managing Pupils with Behavior Disorders
    EDU 792: In Service Training Project (1 credit)


    Summer
    EDU 643: Foundations of Special Education for Exceptional Children
    EDU 620: Theories of Educational Psychology and Human Development
  • Two Years / Five Semesters

    Fall
    EDU 645: Learning Disabilities I
    EDU 671: Foundations of Reading: Diagnosis and Remediation

    Spring
    EDU 646: Learning Disabilities II
    EDU 606: Theories & Methods in Diagnostic and Prescriptive Math

    Summer
    EDU 643: Foundations of Special Education for Exceptional Children
    EDU 620: Theories of Educational Psychology and Human Development

    Fall
    EDU 605: Psycho-educational Assessment for Learning Disabilities
    EDU 654: Methods of Managing Pupils with Behavior Disorders
    EDU 792: In Service Training Project (1 credit)

    Spring
    EDU 607: Research Seminar in Special Education: Learning Disabilities
    EDU 644: Language Development and Remediation
    EDU 792: In Service Training Project (1 credit)

Special Education: Learning Disabilities (MA)

Offered by the School of Education, College of Arts and Sciences.

Admission to the Program

In addition to meeting the minimum university requirements for graduate study, applicants must earn a satisfactory score on Praxis CORE set by the District of Columbia.

Degree Requirements

  • 32 credit hours of approved graduate work
    • Option to waive credit hours: Students who are fulltime classroom teachers may be permitted to waive 2 credit hours of internship (EDU-792) without replacement. The waiving of credit hours and the specific number of credit hours to be waived are determined and approved by the program director upon admission to the program
  • Electronic professional teaching portfolio
  • Completion of Praxis II Exam prior to graduation

Course Requirements

Required (32 credit hours)

Online Special Education: Learning Disabilities (MA)

The online Special Education: Learning Disabilities (MA) program affords candidates with the opportunity to engage in the program components through online courses guided by AU faculty which include synchronous with discussions and activities and asynchronous readings lecture presentations. Candidates will spend one week in Washington, DC at the Lab School of Washington in an immersion with the program faculty and Lab School staff to build underlying understandings of learning disabilities and the program components. Admission, degree, and course requirements are the same as for the on-campus program. Courses are offered in the traditional fifteen-week semester. Students are expected to take two courses each semester and complete the program within a twenty-month period. Students must be accepted into the online program to enroll in online classes.

Combined Bachelor's Degree and Special Education: Learning Disabilities (MA)

American University offers students the opportunity to earn both undergraduate and graduate degrees through its combined bachelor's/master's programs. See Combined Bachelor's and Master's Degrees  for more information.

In addition to meeting the minimum university requirements for combined bachelor's/master's programs:

  • Applicants must have a grade point average of 3.00 or higher in major and minor courses
  • Students seeking the combined BA/MA option must complete both degrees on-campus