Special Education, General Curriculum (M.Ed.)

Marymount University

Program Description

Special Education, General Curriculum (M.Ed.)

Marymount University

Special Education, General Curriculum (M.Ed.)

Marymount is one of the leading teacher education programs in the greater Washington, DC, area. Marymount alumni are teaching in public, private, Catholic, and independent schools. Marymount graduate students participate in dynamic field experiences in a variety of school settings and are prepared for the challenges in today’s classrooms.

M.Ed. programs are offered in:

  • Elementary Education with teaching licensure for grades preK-6
  • English as a Second Language with teaching licensure for grades K-12
  • Special Education, General Curriculum, with teaching licensure for grades K-12
  • Secondary Education with teaching licensure for grades 6-12

Marymount graduate students are prepared and ready to enter the teaching profession. Students have over 100 hours of field experience connected to coursework before the student teaching semester.

Marymount’s teacher preparation programs are accredited by the Division of Teacher Education and Certification of the Virginia Department of Education and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

All courses are taught by full-time or adjunct faculty who have taught in the field or discipline and have a terminal degree such as a Ph.D. or Ed.D. Classes are collegial, with 25 students or fewer, which leads to meaningful engagement between students and faculty.

All programs are offered on the Main Campus in a self-paced traditional format. The Elementary and Secondary Education programs are also offered through a part-time weekend cohort at Marymount’s Reston Center. Classes in the traditional format program are scheduled in late afternoon and evening. Most students complete the Main Campus program in two to three years.


This program will prepare you to be a Virginia-licensed teacher in one of the following:

  • Elementary Education, grades PK-6
  • Secondary Education, grades 6-12 teaching Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Earth Science, English, History and Social Science, Mathematics, or Physics
  • English as a Second Language, grades PK-12
  • Special Education, General Curriculum, grades K-12

Though area school systems continue to experience budget cuts, Marymount students continue to be hired as contracted teachers upon graduation, particularly in the areas of elementary education, special education, and secondary math and science.

In 2010-11, an overwhelming majority of graduates secured jobs in the metropolitan DC area, including northern Virginia.

Degree Requirements

39 credits

  • ED 503 Curriculum: Theory and Practice
  • ED 509 Special Education: Foundations and Characteristics*
  • ED 511 Psychoeducational Assessment and Instructional Programming
  • ED 519 Current Research, Trends, and Legal Issues in Special Education
  • ED 522 Reading, Language Development, and Remedial Strategies
  • ED 523 Diagnostic and Corrective Literacy Instruction
  • ED 529 Collaboration and Consultation in Special Education Settings
  • ED 539 Instructional Implementation of the Individualized Education Program
  • ED 545 Transition and Family Issues for Individuals with Disabilities
  • ED 549 Assessments, Techniques, and Interventions in Behavior Management
  • ED 558 Elementary Math Methods
  • ED 570SE Student Teaching: Special Education General Curriculum (K-12)

*A course in Human Growth and Development for Kindergarten-age students through adolescents is required before enrolling in ED 509.

This school offers programs in:
  • English
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
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Sept. 2019
2 - 3 years
Full time
USA - Arlington, Virginia
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