Special Education (MED)

Graduate Program (MEd)

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.


Applications are accepted throughout the year from students with a bachelor's degree and a solid academic background. You may begin the program in the summer, fall or spring term.

To apply, submit the following application materials to the Office of Graduate Admission.

  • The online graduate application
  • One official transcript sent directly from the college/university of all previous undergraduate and graduate coursework to
    Xavier University
    Admission Processing Center
    3800 Victory Parkway
    Cincinnati, Ohio 45207-5131
    Electronic transcripts to xugrad@xavier.edu
  • Official test scores from the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) are required starting in Summer 2020. If you have previously taken the GRE and want to have your scores sent to Xavier, please contact GRE at 1-888-GRE-SCORE.

Applications are processed immediately upon receiving all of the necessary materials, and you will be notified of your status as soon as possible. The admission committee considers all of the information contained in the admission application, including prior grades, test scores and evidence of potential for success in graduate study.

Test Waiver Option

*All graduate students wishing to pursue their first (initial) teaching license at Xavier University are required to take the GRE.

Applicants to Graduate Programs in the School of Education Must Have:

  • Undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited university AND
  • Admission test score

Test score may be waived under one of the following conditions:

  • State licensed teacher
  • Pursuing a M.Ed. or M.S.Ed. without licensure
  • Pursuing a principal or administration license
  • Pursuing a second license or endorsement
  • Pursuing a Montessori teaching credential only

*International students may have additional application requirements.

**This applies to all Graduate Degree Programs in the School of Education, excluding Human Resource Development and Leadership Studies.

For questions regarding the application process, e-mail the Office of Graduate Admission at xugrad@xavier.edu.

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Core Courses

Core Education courses are required for the Masters of Education in Special Education and all of the licensure options.

MEd Core Education Courses (9 semester hours):

Course Name Credit Hours
Total Core Hours: 9
EDFD 500: History and Philosophy of American Education 3
EDFD 505: Organization of Educational Systems in the United States 3
EDFD 507: Educational Research 2
EDFD 508: Educational Research Paper 1


Students are required to take seven electives (21 semester hours) from the list below.

Special Education Electives

Course Name Credit Hours
EDFD 510: Advanced Human Development and Learning 3
EDSP 500: Identification and Issues in Special Education 3
EDSP 501: Introduction to Emotionally Disturbed Children 3
EDSP 616: Philosophy and Cultural Diversity 3
EDSP 505: Foundations in Early Childhood Special Education 3
EDSP 560: Mild/Moderate Characteristics and Strategies 3
EDSP 567: social-impact-impact Skills and Behavior Management 3
EDSP 556: Resources in Transition Education and Services 3
EDSP 617: Administrative Partnerships in Special Education 3
EDSP 580: Classroom Management 3
EDSP 572: Communication Strategies and Techniques 3
EDSP 583: Resource Materials and Techniques: Gifted/Talented 3

Sample Courses

EDSP 556: Resources in Transition Education and Services - Candidate will spend 15 hours participating in supervised field experience in a transitional educational setting and 15 hours participating in supervised field experience in a transitional service setting that is designed to address the practicing skills of a transition to work specialist. During these field experiences, the candidate will attend the scheduled seminars of the course that address the students, families, community agencies' needs and coordination, future directions, leadership to promotion of programs; and, systematic processes.

EDSP 560: Mild/Moderate - Characteristics and Strategies Designed to provide students with a basic knowledge of mild to moderate disabilities. Required field experience in diverse settings.

EDSP 617: Administrative Partnerships in Special Education - Aligned with standards of the Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium (ISLLC) and the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC), this course details strategies to develop a collaborative partnership between special education staff and the school administration to facilitate the implementation of special education services.

Tuition & Fees

Tuition, per credit hour Cost
MEd and Non-Degree Licensure/Endorsement Students $570
Catholic School Rate $360
Offsite $485
Student Fee, per semester
Graduate Student Association Fee, degree seeking full-time $8
Graduate Student Association Fee, degree seeking part-time $4

The amounts listed are for the 2020-2021 academic year, and include classes from Summer 2020 though Spring 2021. For the full, official listing, please visit xavier.edu/costs. Xavier University reserves the right to correct any computational or clerical errors.

99% of Xavier's teaching licensure students pass their state exams (as of 2013).


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:
  • 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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