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Master of Education: Special Education (Online)

The Clemson Master of Education in Special Education is a 100% online graduate program for educators interested in enhancing the field of Special Education. Students take coursework in Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) in academics and behavior. The rich, engaging curriculum will prepare you to advance your professional standing in just 24 months.

  • Overview

    Clemson University has combined the educational excellence that we are known for with the flexibility that many teachers desire and need. The result is a completely online Master of Education Degree in Special Education. This program is open to educators who work in formal educational settings. Consistent access to students is critical to your success in the program since many courses require assignments working with children or adolescents. We will consider some informal educational settings (e.g., clinics), but suggest contacting the program coordinator prior to applying.

    Benefits of earning a M.Ed. in Special Education from Clemson University:

    • Earn a degree from a top 30 public university while anywhere in the world.
    • Experience educational excellence that Clemson University is known for at very competitive tuition rates.
    • Earn a significant pay raise in most states.
    • Increase your career options: continue as a classroom teacher or become a MTSS coordinator, behavior specialist, special education coordinator.
    • Join a community of practitioners from across the globe as you work to improve Special Education.



  • Admission Requirements

    *Applications for the Fall 2021 term will open in August.

    Admission to the Program
    The Special Education M.Ed. program admits students for a Fall entrance term. Only complete applications are considered for admission.

    Application Deadlines 
    All application materials must be submitted by the following deadlines:

    • May 1 or until the program is at capacity
      • If the program is at capacity prior to the application deadline, an announcement of closure will be posted on this webpage.

    Application Requirements 
    To be considered for the program, applicants must:

    • Currently be working in a formal or informal education setting
    • Earned a bachelor’s degree or higher in a field of education (e.g., special education, elementary or secondary education, reading education) or an education-related field (e.g., school psychology, occupational therapy, speech and language, behavior analysis)
    • Submit a Graduate School application which requires:
      • Unofficial transcripts (Official transcripts will be required if you are accepted into the program.)
      • GRE or MAT scores (The test score requirement will be waived if you received a 3.0 GPA or higher in last degree earned)
      • A current résumé
      • Three letters of recommendation (At least two letters must focus on your teaching and/or education-related experience)
      • A personal statement
        • Statement should address your desire to pursue the M.Ed. in Special Education and how you plan to use this degree to enhance the field
        • Approximate length is one page.
      • Official TOEFL/IELTS scores for international students

    Additional information concerning supporting materials can be found at:

    Test Requirements (only required if a 3.0 GPA or higher was not obtained in last degree earned)

    Official test results are required. Scores are considered official only when they are sent directly to the Office of Admissions from the testing agency. Scores older than five years are considered expired.

    GRE revised General Test

    Miller Analogies Test

  • Program Requirements

    The M.Ed. in Special Education is an entirely online degree. Students must maintain a grade-point average of 3.0 or higher in their coursework.

    M.Ed. in Special Education:

    The M.Ed. in Special Education is a 24-month program spanning six semesters. Fall and spring courses last seven and a half weeks each, allowing students to focus on one course at a time. Likewise, summer courses are also taught one at a time but in a five-week timeframe.

     Special Note

    The M.Ed. in Special Education does not lead to teaching licensure in South Carolina.

    Transfer Credits

    Transfer credits from other institutions are not accepted for this degree program.

    South Carolina is a member of the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) and Clemson University (CU) is an approved SARA institution, which means we adhere to established standards for offering post-secondary e-learning programs in all member states. Please review our state authorizations to see if this program is offered in your state and our process for student complaints against the university.

  • Online Environment

    With the support of CU Online, Clemson uses the most advanced online technology to provide a rich, supportive, seamless learning environment. Courses will be asynchronous thus allowing students to access courses when and where they need. While students have great flexibility in asynchronous learning, there are key deadlines in each course when learning modules must be completed. Students will be provided with timely support from instructors and technology personnel so that learning is maximized. Canvas, a very user friendly learning management system, is used for all courses to guide the learning experiences. An orientation module will be provided before the start of the program to allow students to become comfortable with expectations and the technologies before classes formally start.

  • Financial

    The online M.Ed. programs at Clemson University are among the most economically priced.

    Tuition and Fees

    This program is an Online Tier 5. Explore information on tuition and fees using the Student Financial Services’ tuition and fee calculator. (Be sure to choose the ‘Go to Online’ tab at the top of the page.)

    SC Teacher Incentive

    The Special Education M.Ed. offers a South Carolina Teacher Incentive reducing tuition by 10% for all in-state SC K-12 teachers/leaders.

    Financial Aid

    For information regarding Financial Aid, please contact the office of Student Financial Aid.

  • Faculty
  • Find Out More

    For more information about this program, please contact Alison Search at or Dr. Catherine Griffith at