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School of Education

M.Ed in Exceptional Children and Youth 4+1 Track: Elementary Special Education Concentration

Program Coordinator: Bridget Duda

The Elementary Special Education concentration in the 4+1 track of the M.Ed in Exceptional Children and Youth program is for current UD undergraduate secondary education majors and elementary teacher education majors in the ESL, middle school, or urban education concentrations. This five-year program combines undergraduate and graduate coursework. Students will earn a bachelor’s degree in their major at the end of four years and a M.Ed. in Exceptional Children and Youth in one additional year. Students who complete the M.Ed. requirements during the +1 year are eligible for teacher certification in special education.


Students apply to the M.Ed. in Exceptional Children and Youth by December 15th of their junior year and are admitted as seniors.

Information about how to apply to the M.Ed. in Exceptional Children and Youth is available online. Some application requirements specific to this track are:

  • One of the three letters of reference must be from a UD professor.
  • The personal statement must specify the intention to pursue the 4+1 track with an Elementary Special Education concentration.

Course Requirements

Students complete 33 graduate credits for the M.Ed. in Exceptional Children and Youth program. During the senior year, students complete 9 graduate credits (which may be in lieu of 9 undergraduate credits) and complete all remaining undergraduate requirements. During the +1 year, students complete 18 credits of graduate coursework plus 6 credits of a graduate special education teaching internship in a local elementary school.

  • EDUC 653: Assistive Technology: High Incidence Disabilities
  • EDUC 673: School-to-Adult Life Transitions and Disability
  • EDUC 679: Special Education Instruction and Curriculum: Advanced
  • EDUC 680: Educational Evaluation: Exceptional Children and Youth
  • EDUC 681: Techniques for Behavior Change and Positive Behavior Support
  • EDUC 682: Special Issues in Special Education
  • EDUC 745: Collaborative Teaming in Special Education
  • EDUC 750: Graduate Teaching Internship (6 credits)
  • EDUC 754: Special Education Instruction and Curriculum: Elementary
  • EDUC 757: Diagnosis and Instruction in Literacy: Grades 4-12

Course Schedules

Internship Requirement

To fulfill the 6-credit internship requirement, students are placed for 16 hours each week for 9 months in a local partnership elementary school as a special education teacher intern. Students receive supervision from UD and elementary school staff.

Exit Requirements