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Special Education | MA Program

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

  • 36 credit hours of approved graduate work
    • Option to waive credit hours: Students who are fulltime classroom teachers may be permitted to waive 6 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
  • Comprehensive examination
  • Completion of Praxis II Exam prior to graduation

Course Requirements

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.

Praxis Exam Requirements

Successfully passing the Praxis CORE exams is required for admission into the Special Education program. The Praxis II exam is required for graduation from the program. Please see the ETS website or the DC OSSE website for more information about the required exams. Please have your scores sent to American University, institution code 5007.

Teacher Licensure

Applications for licensure can be obtained in Gray Hall Room 111. Please see the Teacher Licensure page to find out detailed information about licensure.