Special Education

Master of Education

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Plymouth State’s General Special Education certification programs are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and aligned with the national Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) Standards.

Coursework in special education address competencies in such areas as classroom management, survey of exceptionalities, human development, foundations, assessment, and teaching strategies. Our experienced faculty will address issues such as development and characteristics of learners, learning differences, instructional strategies, special education law, and language.

Our Special Education programs offer the following options:

  • MEd in Special Education, non-certification
  • MEd in Special Education, K-12 General Special Education Certification
  • K-12 General Special Education Certification Only
  • One-Year Intensive MEd in Special Education, K-12 General Special Education Certification
  • MEd in Special Education, K-12 Special Education Administrator Certification
  • K-12 Special Education Administrator Certification Only
Curriculum Requirements
Admission Requirements
The MEd in Special Education programs require the following materials to be submitted through our online application

  • 3.0 or better GPA in undergraduate coursework
  • Official transcripts from any/all college level work
  • Three professional recommendations
  • Current Resume
  • Statement of interest
  • NH Residency Verification form (NH residents only)
  • $75 application fee

Additional requirements for the One-Year Intensive program

  • Successful completion of undergraduate degree in K-3, K-8, K-12, 5-12, or 7-12 teacher certification or related educational field
  • Interview with program coordinator
  • Application deadline of April 15 for cohort that begins in early June

Additional requirements for the Special Education Administrator Certification

  • Previous certification in K-12 General Special Education
  • Three years teaching experience
Admission Deadlines

Students pursuing Special Education can apply for admission to any of the upcoming semesters. Here are the deadlines for 2020:

  • Summer 2020 – Extended to April 30, 2020
  • Fall 2020 – August 1, 2020
  • Spring 2021 – December 1, 2020

*We suggest submitting your documentation at least two weeks prior to the posted date to ensure your application is complete and can be reviewed by the deadline. 

Summer & Fall Registration Opens April 13

Preview course schedule starting March 27

Did you know PSU allows you to take up to 12 credits of graduate coursework before applying to most programs? So whether you are admitted to a program or just want to try a class, you can get started today!

Search for classes – the Office of the Registrar handles the course registration process – more information is available by visiting their website where you can check out the current course schedule by clicking on the “Browse and Register for Courses” option on the left side. Simply select the current term from the drop down menu which will then allow you to search for classes in a variety of ways.

Register Online – Registration can be completed online through the myPlymouth portal if you are a current/active student or have been admitted to a graduate program. Be sure to have your user name, password, and the course number and title handy. At the end of the registration process you will be notified of your billing due date. Specific instructions for completing the online registration can be found on the Registrar’s website under the “How to Register” tab.

New to PSU? If you are taking your first graduate class at PSU and have not been admitted to a graduate program, you will need to complete the paper registration form which can be found under the “Registration Forms” tab. Completed forms should be submitted directly to the Office of the Registrar via email to psu-registrar@plymouth.edu or faxed to 603-535-2724.

Graduate Tuition Rates – Tuition for graduate coursework is calculated on a per credit rate based on residency status. Click here to see the current tuition costs.

  • Understand theories of child and adolescent development and principles of learning.
  • Have the ability, as a member of the educational team to develop the Individualized Education Plan/Individualized Family Support Plan and to identify, design and promote individualized supports, strategies, accommodations and modifications that meet children’s educational needs.
  • Understand and demonstrate knowledge of federal and state laws and local policies that pertain to individuals with disabilities.
  • Have the ability to identify and utilize evidence-based practices to maximize student learning outcomes for students with disabilities.
  • Understand and demonstrate knowledge of how significant variations in development impact learning.
  • Have the ability to identify and use appropriate instructional methods curriculum and technologies that support children with disabilities: a-access information, b-communication skills, c-interact with peers, adults and their environment, d-demonstrate learning.
  • Demonstrate competency in collaboration, advocacy, coordination of family and school educational efforts and case management.
  • Have the ability, in collaboration within a team, including parents to facilitate the development of social, behavioral and academic skills in students and work in partnerships with families to promote their full participation in the educational process.
  • Understand and collaboratively solve ethical and legal dilemmas that arise in the education of students with disabilities.
  • Design, implement and evaluate a variety of strategies including positive behavioral supports and interventions.
  • Have the ability to administer, as a member of the educational team, appropriate assessments to: a-determine eligibility for special education, b-develop the Individualized Education Plan/Individualized Family Support Plan, c-plan instruction, d-evaluate progress, e-review and revise programs and f-communicate educational results to others.
  • Display conduct characteristic of developing professionals.
  • Have knowledge of differential characteristics of individuals with various types and natures of disabilities, as well as the implications for the development and implementation of programs and services.
  • Have the ability to organize and help groups accomplish objectives and bring about change as well as collaborate and engage in shared decision making with building and agency administrators to support appropriate programs for students with disabilities.
  • Have the ability to lead effective planning, implementation and review of improvement processes.
  • Have knowledge of systems and organizations and their management theories.
  • Have the ability to manage personnel practices including recruitment, selection, performance evaluation and improvement plans.
  • Have knowledge of current issues, principles of adult learning and models of effective professional development in educational settings; and the ability to design and implement professional development opportunities at district, building and individual levels to improve results for students with disabilities.
  • Have the ability to plan, develop and monitor budgets, audit fiscal reports and procure reimbursement from any state or federal sources which are available.
  • Have the ability to make decisions which reflects a thorough knowledge of current federal law and regulations and state law and rules for students with disabilities as well as the ability to locate, use and cite New Hampshire laws and rules pertaining to the operation of schools.
  • Have the knowledge of a wide array of curriculum and instructional practices designed for students with disabilities to promote the development of critical knowledge and skills and the ability to develop and implement service-delivery programs based on effective practices which address the range of students with disabilities.
  • Will understand theories of child and adolescent development and principles of learning.
  • Have knowledge of principles of assessment of students with disabilities including valid evaluation tools and their use in eligibility determination, development of individualized education plans and monitoring student progress.
  • Display conduct characteristic of developing professionals.

“How much will my graduate program cost?” and “How will I pay for it?” are two of the most common questions asked when considering continuing your education. Here is some basic information about tuition, financial aid, scholarships and Graduate Assistant opportunities. We encourage you to click the links on this page for additional information and resources.

Graduate Tuition and Fees

Tuition for graduate level courses is assessed on a per credit basis, and differs slightly for NH residents and non-residents. Please note, the per credit rate varies depending on the level of the program to which you are admitted.

2019-20 ESTIMATED Rates for New Hampshire Residents

Program Level Tuition Mandatory Fees Per Credit Total
Master’s $535 $40 $575
CAGS $565 $40 $605
EdD $625 $40 $665

2019-20 ESTIMATED Rates for Non-Residents

Program Level Tuition Mandatory Fees Per Credit Total
Master’s $760 $40 $800
CAGS $670 $40 $710
EdD $750 $40 $790

More information is available through the Student Account Services Office.

Financial Aid

Graduate students are eligible for financial aid in the form of student loans only. You will need to complete the FAFSA at least 30 days prior to the start of the semester you wish to begin taking classes. International students are not eligible for federal financial aid – please review our international admission requirements to learn more.

More information can be found on the Financial Aid webpages.


Each year, Plymouth State offers a limited number of merit-based scholarships to admitted graduate students. Selection criteria include academic and professional achievements, commitment to graduate study, and achievement or pursuit of personal or professional goals. Visit the PSU Scholarship Opportunities webpage for additional information.

Graduate Assistant positions

Graduate assistants are an important part of Plymouth State’s collaborative learning community. They work alongside faculty, staff, and students to help achieve the University’s goals, while gaining valuable experience as assistants, researchers, and teachers.

Graduate Assistant positions are available on a limited basis to highly qualified graduate students who’ve been fully accepted into a graduate program at Plymouth State. Applications for assistantships should be returned to the Office of Academic Affairs by April 1 for the upcoming year.

We would be happy to provide you with more information about our graduate programs – here are a few ways to learn more!

INQUIREComplete a brief inquiry form and we will connect you with the program coordinator and provide you with additional information about the curriculum, admission requirements, faculty information, and more.

VISIT We hold information sessions and campus visits throughout the year, or we can schedule an in-person advising appointment – come check out our beautiful campus in Plymouth, NH

EMAIL Have a quick question about our wide array of graduate programs and certificates? Send us an email at forgrad@plymouth.edu

CHATWe would be happy to chat with you – just submit a question to one of our admissions advisors.

Want an answer right away? Give us a call – the Admissions Office is open Mon-Fri from 8:00am-4:30pm at 603-535-2237 or 800-FOR-GRAD.

Graduate Admission Team – Whether you are just graduating with your bachelor’s degree or have been out of school for a while, we are here to help guide you through the application process, assist in getting you registered for your first semester of classes, and provide you with “next steps, information, and resources on campus.

Program Coordinator/Advisor – Once you have been admitted into a graduate program, you will be assigned an academic advisor who will be your go-to person for class scheduling, program and/or curriculum questions, and academic guidance.

Office of the Registrar – can assist with course registration, transcript requests and degree conferral information

Student Account Services – please contact them with questions regarding your bill, employer reimbursement, or financial holds on your account.

Financial Aid Office – is here to assist financial aid, student loans, or other financial related questions.

SE Course Offerings 2019-21
This course planning matrix shows a tentative schedule of when Special Education classes will be offered. Please note this is subject to change.