Master of Education in Special Education

Xavier's master's program provides the educational theory and coursework needed to fully prepare licensed Special Education teachers, so that all children of every grade level get the education they need and deserve.


of Xavier's teaching licensure students pass their state exams (as of 2013).



The Department of Secondary and Special Education is the most popular of Xavier's education programs, but with about 700 students overall, it's still small enough to guarantee personal attention.


The master's program in Special Education requires 30 credit hours of coursework, consisting of 9 credit hours of core and 21 credit hours of approved courses for the Special Education concentration.


All students seeking licensure in Special Education experience at least 15 weeks in supervised student teaching in local classrooms.

Special Education Program Design

  • Xavier University's Special Education program provides a strong foundation in liberal arts education and emphasizes the importance of the individual, educational growth and professional development.
  • We support our students in their pursuit of lifelong learning and career advancement.
  • Licensure or endorsement concentrations require additional course work and can be planned as part of the degree program.
Intervention Specialist licensure areas:
  • Mild/Moderate
  • Moderate/Intensive
  • Early Childhood
Endorsement areas:
  • Pre-Kindergarten
  • Gifted/Talented
  • Transition to Work

Core education courses are offered at five Cincinnati area locations, making it even easier for students to take courses. The locations include:

  • Covington Catholic High School in Northern Kentucky.
  • Middletown Fenwick High School north of Xavier.
  • Wilmington High School, northeast of Xavier.
  • Oak Hills High School west of Xavier.
  • Amelia Middle School east of Xavier.
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