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Master of Science in Education in Special Education

237 Gooch Hall

537 University Street

Martin, TN 38238


(731) 881-7128


(731) 881-7975


Deborah J. Gibson

Master of Science in Education in Special Education

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Advance your career while impacting the lives of others with a Master’s of Education in Special Education. Using evidence and research based practices you will learn the skills needed to help to develop an identified student with disabilities fullest potential by providing them specialized instruction that is designed to meet their learning needs.

Program Highlights:

  • 100% Online
  • NO GRE Required
  • Complete the program in as little as 12 months.
  • 7 week courses
  • 30 credit hours
  • View Current Tuition Information

  • Transfer Credits accepted

A Teaching license is required to pursue this degree

Angela Justice, Special Education, class of 2018

Angela Justice

Angela Justice decided to pursue a Master of Science degree in education with a special education endorsement in order to better help children with special needs understand the world around them. She says her favorite part about being an educator is “those ‘lightbulb’ moments when you see a child discover something for the first time, when they are able to accomplish something they have been struggling with, when a nonverbal student says their first word. Those amazing moments in time when you see them grow academically and socially.”


While she originally chose the UT Martin program because of its proximity to her home, she has since left the area and found her education to be applicable in a new school system. “My master’s (degree) from UTM was able to help me find a job in a new school district where we moved. It’s a notable university that has a great reputation for training quality teachers.”

Program of Study

LIBS 755 Children and Adolescent Literature - 3 Credit Hours

SPED 680 Strategies for Differentiation in the Inclusive Classroom - 3 Credit Hours

SPED 635 Special Education Assessment and Procedures - 3 Credit Hours

SPED 660 Behavior Strategies and Interventions - 3 Credit Hours

SPED 710 Advanced Practicum in Special Education - 3 Credit Hours

READ 700 Foundations of Literacy Development - 3 Credit Hours

SPED 634 Literacy Interventions for Students with Disabilities - 3 Credit Hours

SPED 730 Current Topics in Special Education - 3 Credit Hours

EDFN 720 Multicultural Issues in Education and Counseling - 3 Credit Hours

EDEV 761 Educational Tests and Measurement - 3 Credit Hours


Total Minimum hours required for M.S. Degree - 30

Why UTM?

We greatly value our relationships with our students and it is our goal to foster a sense of community between our students, faculty, and community partners. This begins with the first contact between advisor and student. Your advisor is the person who will work with you to understand all of the requirements of the program, help you develop your plan of study, answer questions about registration, and guide you toward your career goal. This is an important relationship that we hope will make you feel more comfortable in our program as well as provide you with information. The advisor- student connection is vital in your personal and professional development. As faculty members, we enjoy this time we spend getting to know and mentor you. Our hope is that you continue to feel a part of our program even after you graduate, keeping us up to date on your personal and professional milestones.


To further promote our sense of community we have established a Facebook group page for current students and alumni. When you are accepted into the program you will be sent an invitation via email to join our Facebook group and we hope you will accept. On this site we post news about the program, important information about the profession of counseling, and share updates about students and alumni. We hope those of you still on Facebook will accept our invitation!




Admission Requirements

1. GPA requirement

  • Cum GPA—a 2.50 cumulative GPA on all work attempted prior to completion of the baccalaureate degree, or
  • SrYr GPA—a 3.00 GPA on the last 30 semester hours attempted in the baccalaureate degree (all work will be computed for the number of semesters necessary to total the last 30 semester hours), or
  • a 3.00 GPA on the SrYr plus any post-baccalaureate upper-division and/or graduate courses. (Any courses included in the SrYr calculation may be repeated to raise the GPA to 3.00).

$40 Application Fee

Special Education Endorsement Option

For additional information on the Special Education Endorsement Option, click here.


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Contact Us

Our office is available to provide more information on the program, admission requirements, student life, and anything else you’re wondering about.


We look forward to hearing from you!

Dr. Clinton Smith

Dr. Clinton Smith

SPED Faculty Coordinator

(731) 881-7143


Deborah J. Gibson

Deborah J. Gibson

Coordinator, Education Graduate Student Services Coordinator

(731) 881-7128




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