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The Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Exceptional Children and Youth degree program is designed to develop professional educators committed to careers that involve children, youth, and adults with disabilities. Graduates are prepared to work as special education teachers, education consultants, and educational technology specialists.

The traditional degree only track is appropriate for teachers with a teaching certificate in either general or special education who wish to develop advanced knowledge and skills. The degree track also may be suitable for individuals who are not teachers but have other experience in the disabilities field and wish to pursue an advanced degree only. For previously certified teachers, the traditional degree track also may be a path to a second certificate in special education.

The degree plus initial certification track, Master’s Plus Certification Program (MPCP), is appropriate for individuals who seek to acquire advanced knowledge and skills while also obtaining their first teaching certificate.

Current UD undergraduate students can be considered for admission to the 4+1 BS in Early Childhood Education/MEd in Exceptional Children and Youth, the 4+1 BS in Elementary Teacher Education/MEd in Exceptional Children and Youth, or the 4+1 BS in a secondary education major/MEd in Exceptional Children and Youth.

Program Concentrations:

  • Elementary Special Education
  • Secondary Special Education
  • Special Education Technology
  • Severe Disabilities/Autism

UD Tuition:

The University of Delaware published graduate student tuition base rate for graduate credit in 2016-17 is $1,720 per credit hour. UD Deans may offer adjustments to students in specific programs that may reduce the per credit costs.

DE Resident: $625


Application Deadline:

April-01 Final deadline to apply

November-01 Final deadline to apply

February-15 Final deadline to apply, Priority consideration for funding
April-01 Final deadline to apply

April-01 Final deadline to apply for MPCP track admission

DECEMBER 15 Deadline: 4 plus 1 program

Master’s Plus Certification Program, MPCP track, is the only track that has summer admission.

Exceptional Children & Youth Online — Application DEADLINE: July 1 for Fall admission (online option only)


For more about this program contact:
School of Education
109 Alison Hall West
Newark, DE 19716
(302) 831-2396 • Email >



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