University of Texas at El Paso Academic Catalog

Academic Catalog

M.Ed. - Special Education

The Department of Educational Psychology and Special Services offers a Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Special Education with concentrations in High or Low Incidence Disabilities. This program is intended for students who have concentrated their previous academic work in the field of Education and are interested in gaining knowledge and skills in preparation to meet the educational needs of learners with high or low incidence disabilities. Applicants must submit an application and participate in either a screening interview or instrument to determine if the applicant's knowledge, experience, skills, and aptitude meet program admission standards. 

Admission Requirements

A minimum 3.0 GPA on cumulative record (or 3.0 GPA in Education-Related Courses or final 60 undergraduate credit hours) prior to admission. Applicants are screened based on the quality of their application and the candidate's potential for success in the program via the assessment of the special education program admissions committee. Students must include the following in their application:

  1. Curriculum Vitae/Resume
  2. Statement of intent (including their intent for selecting their concentration)
  3. Two professional letters of reference
  4. Official undergradaute transcripts

Capstone Project

Students will be required to conduct research and develop a project relevant to their local community or schools with regard to the education of students with special needs. The research project should reflect adherence to professional ethical research standards.


  • Low Incidence Disabilities
  • High Incidence Disabilities

Degree Plan

M.Ed. - Special Education with Concentration

Required Credits: 36

Special Education Core Requirements
Required Courses:
EDPC 5310Applied Research Design for Ed3
SPED 5320Spec Ed-Historical Legal Basis3
SPED 5321Topics CLD Ed for Lrnr w/Sp Nd3
SPED 5330Early Inter Young Child/Family3
SPED 5347Wrkng/Parents Lrnrs Sp. Needs3
SPED 5361Applied Behavior Analysis3
SPED 5378Rsrch & Applications in SPED3
Select one of the following concentrations15
Total Hours36


High Incidence Disabilities

Special Education- High Incidence Disabilities
Required courses:
EDPC 5334Classroom Based Appraisal3
SPED 5337Assessment: Disability3
SPED 5340Learning Theories Across Life3
SPED 5345Interv Stud w/High Incid Disab3
SPED 5369Tch Rdng Wrt Mth/Lrns Hgh Inc3
Total Hours15

 Low Incidence Disabilities

Special Education- Low Incidence Disabilities
Required courses:
SPED 5331Altern Classroom Based Assess3
SPED 5336Motor Dev/Adapted PE3
SPED 5363Curr Trnd & Iss Addr Chall Beh3
SPED 5371Teach Student/Low Incident Dis3
SPED 5374Lang Disorders & Augment Comm3
Total Hours15