Admission Requirements: Master of Education in Special Education

August 08, 2022
August 22, 2022
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Candidates who wish to apply to the Master’s in Special Education program must meet the following requirements.

  1. A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university.
  2. Undergraduate Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0 (4.0 scale).
  3. Statement of academic and professional goals, with a cover letter.
  4. Three (3) Letters of Recommendation.
  5. Unofficial transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate work.
  6. A current, valid professional teaching license.

*GRE is required if the applicant’s undergraduate GPA is below 3.0 (4.0 scale).

  • GRE Scores: All three sections of the General Test taken within the last 5 years.
    • Desired Scores: 470 Verbal; 540 Quantitative, and 4.5 Writing (old scale) OR 151 Verbal; 147 Quantitative, and 4.5 Writing (new scale).

Application Fee

  • Fall 2022: The application fee is waived, ask your Enrollment Services Advisor for more details.
  • Domestic Applicants: $65
  • International Applicants: $70

Transfer Credits

On a case-by-case basis, a student may petition to have graduate credit from an accredited college or university counted as the equivalent of another course in the curriculum and accepted as transfer credit. In such cases, a student will have to supply a course syllabus to ensure that the content in the course taken at another university is equivalent to the content of the course in the M.Ed. curriculum. A course with a similar name or the same name as a course offered at the University of Cincinnati does not necessarily mean that the content of the course is similar enough to accept it as transfer credit to our program.

Students may transfer up to nine (9) hours of graduate credit in Education courses from an accredited college or university. Special Education related graduate certificate and endorsement coursework completed at the University of Cincinnati may fully be applied towards this Master’s in Special Education. Graduate courses outside of Education will not be accepted. Courses taken outside an accredited college or university—such as non-credit professional development—will not be accepted. Only courses with grades of B or higher will be considered for transfer. No credit is given for previous work history. Courses taken more than seven (7) years prior to a student’s entrance into the program will not be accepted as transfer credit.

International Student Requirements

International students are required to submit official TOEFL, TSE, and TWE scores for tests taken within the last seven years, prior to the application deadline for the term of the application. These scores must be submitted directly to the program office.

More information about these tests can be found here.

Applicants who have earned a degree in China must submit an English-version verification report from the China Academic Degrees and Graduate Education Development Center (CDGDC) of their final transcripts and degree certificates. All verification reports must be sent to the University of Cincinnati directly by the CDGDC to be considered official. No other verification will be accepted. Applicants with Chinese transcripts must contact the CDGDC after their degree is completed and request that their degree verification report be submitted directly to the University of Cincinnati. Students who request a verification report prior to degree conferral will be required to submit a second report after conferral.

Verification reports can be ordered at the following websites:

After Being Accepted

Once an applicant has been extended an offer of admission to the University of Cincinnati and has accepted the offer, s/he must submit an official transcript showing conferral of a baccalaureate degree or higher as soon as possible to the address below. The university defines “official” transcripts as transcripts that have been received from a secure, authenticated issuing institution and bears validation (e.g., a seal, logo, or watermark), including a date, and an appropriate signature. Official transcripts MUST be sent forward in their original, sealed envelope. Students will NOT be allowed to complete a full semester without providing verification of an earned baccalaureate degree or higher. Any discrepancy later found between student-provided unofficial transcripts and official transcripts will be grounds for dismissal. The absolute final deadline for submission of official transcripts is one week before the start of the student’s first semester.

Official Transcripts should be sent to one of the following addresses:
Regular U.S. Postal Mail
Graduate School University of Cincinnati
110 Van Wormer Hall P.O. Box 210627
Cincinnati, Ohio 45221-0627

Delivery via Parcel Delivery Service (FedEx, DHL, UPS, etc.)
Graduate School University of Cincinnati
2614 McMicken Circle 110 Van Wormer Hall
Cincinnati, Ohio 45221-0627

UC Alumni

Students who have received degrees from the University of Cincinnati do not need to submit official paper copies of their UC transcripts.

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