University of Montana Catalog 2023-2024

Teaching and Learning M.Ed. - Special Education

Master of Education - Teaching and Learning; Special Education Concentration


Core Courses18
Directed Courses30
Total Hours48

Degree Specific Credits: 48

Required Cumulative GPA: 3.0

  • All requirements for the degree must be completed within six years, including successful completion of a departmental comprehensive examination.
  • Please contact the Department of Teaching and Learning regarding the current availability of this degree pathway.


Foundation of Education - Complete one of the following courses:3
Philosophy of Education
History of American Education
Developmental & Learning Sciences
Complete all of the following courses:
EDU 501Curriculum Design, Implementation, & Evaluation3
EDU 514Education Across Cultures3
EDU 515Computer/Technological Application in Education3
EDU 518Inclusion and Collaboration3
EDU 520Educational Research3
Directed Courses - Complete all of the following courses:
EDU 438Literacy Assessment, Diagnosis, & Instruction3
EDSP 403Introduction to Early Childhood Special Education3
EDSP 405Assessment of Students with Exceptionalities3
EDSP 426Introduction to Transition & Community3
or EDSP 526 Transition & Communication Support
EDSP 454Advanced Academic Interventions3
EDSP 456Introduction to Methods for Low Incidence Disabilities3
or EDSP 556 Methods of Low Incidence Disabilities
EDSP 461Positive Behavior Supports3
EDSP 462Special Education Law, Policy, and Practice3
EDSP 495Student Teaching: Special Education6
Total Hours48

Minimum Required Grade: C