Take your desire to make a difference in the lives of children into the classroom. Earn your Master of Education in Elementary and Special Education degree, and gain the skills and professional licensure you need to start your teaching career.
Successful completion of this full-time, New Hampshire-based elementary and special education degree program prepares you for a rewarding new career and leads to New Hampshire state licensure in elementary education, teaching grades K-6 or K-8, and special education, teaching students in grades K-12.
This clinical M.Ed. with Dual Certification in Elementary Education and General Special Education will prepare teacher candidates for certification and will ensure that the beginning educators have the required skills, competencies, knowledge, and dispositions specifically needed to support the development and learning of students in elementary grades (K-8) and general special education (K-12). This competency-based, iterative program will provide evidence-based research and clinical opportunities that will be analyzed, evaluated, and refined during the Clinical Experiences I, II, III, and IV, for a total of 44 weeks of clinical experience.
The M.Ed. in Elementary and Special Education degree combines theory with hands-on, practical experience in a real classrooms. As you work toward earning your initial teaching licensure, you will explore a wide variety of vital topics, including:
As a private, nonprofit university, SNHU has one mission - to help you see yourself succeed. The benefits of earning your master's in elementary education at SNHU include:
SNHU requires an undergraduate Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.75 (or equivalent) for admission. If you are an international student in need of a visa to study on campus, please see our international admission requirements.
Acceptance decisions are made on a rolling basis throughout the year for our three 16-week graduate terms. You can apply at any time and get a decision within two weeks of submitting all required materials. To apply, simply complete our online application form.
Careers in elementary and special education are experiencing healthy growth. Kindergarten and elementary school teacher positions are expected to grow 7% through 2024, while special education teacher positions are expected to grow 8% through 2026, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. With a M.Ed. in Elementary Education and Special Education, careers in education can be enhanced and broadened.
This program is approved by the New Hampshire State Department of Education for Teacher Certification as leading to an endorsement in New Hampshire. Southern New Hampshire University cannot guarantee licensure, certification, endorsement or salary benefits. View disclosure information.
In addition to meeting all degree requirements, students seeking certification must meet all testing requirements for their specific certification area as required by the New Hampshire Department of Education. Students will not be recommended for certification until all requirements are met.
SNHU requires a passing score on the Praxis II Elementary Education: Multiple Subjects Exam for students seeking a recommendation for certification in General Special Education, even if the exam is not otherwise required by the NH Department of Education.
The master's in elementary and special education curriculum is a full-time, 36-credit, competency-based iterative program involving 44 weeks of clinical experiences and completed in 15 months. Students are required to complete the Teacher Certification Program (TCP) Application during Gateway I. This includes successful completion of EDU 609, EDU 611, EDU 631, criminal background check, and passing PRAXIS CORE scores.
Total Credits: 36
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