Master of Education in Special Education

The M.Ed. in Special Education is designed for students who hold a bachelor’s degree and want to become certified in special education.They may also hold a certification in early childhood, elementary, or secondary education. This degree prepares graduates to teach students in a program or classroom setting.

By combining classroom and field experiences to connect coursework with practical school-based applications, students develop the professional knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to effectively educate and accommodate students with behavioral needs.

Program of Study
The curriculum is designed to comply with New Hampshire Department of Education (NHDOE) standards for special education certification. This is a 39- to 48-credit program, which includes either a capstone project or internship(s). Click the View Curriculum icon above for prerequisites and required courses.

Certification, specialization, and endorsement options include:

  • General Special Education: Initial Certification
  • General Special Education: Autism Specialization
  • Emotional and Behavioral Disabilities: Endorsement
  • Specific Learning Disabilities: Endorsement

Courses are offered in 7-week or 14-week terms. There are a total of six 7-week terms per year (two terms in each of the fall, spring, and summer semesters). 14-week terms are offered once per semester in the fall, spring, and summer. Late afternoon and evening classes accommodate working students’ schedules.

Facilities and Resources
Rivier’s Education Center is one of the finest facilities of its kind in northern New England. The Education Center houses the Cho Educational Resource Center, an extensive K-12 curriculum library with recently published textbooks, educational software, a parenting resource center, a children’s literature collection, videos, and more. The Education Center also includes counseling rooms with one-way observation windows.

Regina Library offers access to reference materials such as journals and online databases to support student research and learning outside the classroom.

Students seeking teacher certification must apply to the Professional Educator Program (PEPP) after successfully completing 12 credits, receiving positive Professional Disposition reports from a cooperating practitioner and a college professor, and maintaining a minimum 3.0 GPA.

Department of Education
Rivier's high-quality, hands-on bachelor's and master's programs prepare students for leadership roles in a global environment. For more information, visit the Department of Education.

Careers Special Education graduates can pursue leadership roles as:

  • Special education teachers
  • Autism services program directors
  • Behavior coaches
  • Intellectual disabilities case managers
  • and other related positions

Rivier’s Career Development Center (CDC) provides professional advising, assistance with resume development and career planning, and job search information. For a complete list of CDC resources, .