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Special Education Generalist Master's or Endorsement – Courses & Requirements

Designed for the schedule of a working professional

This program leads to preparation for the Special Education Generalist endorsement (you will be prepared to take the Generalist PLACE exam). You can choose the endorsement-only option (27 credit hours) or the master's degree (33 credit hours). Master's degree students have eligibility for federal financial aid and the benefits of master's degree completion for their career.

  • Content coursework is completed in two years. Students in the Denver program will also complete their practicum field experience within two years. Most online program students will complete their practicum just after the two years of coursework.
  • If you are not a licensed teacher, you will also need to take 12 additional credit hours of Professional Teacher Education Program (PTEP) courses for state licensure. Please visit the PTEP page for more information.

Course of Study

To see a typical list of courses per term, visit an example Current Program Students page:

Required Courses

Master's degree students will take all courses below. Endorsement-only students will take all courses except for the two courses marked with "** MA-only." If you are also seeking initial teacher licensure, see the PTEP course information in the link above.

EDSE 510 Foundations of Special Education (3)

EDSE 511 Learning Environments and Cultural Considerations (3) ** MA-only

EDSE 512 Assessment, IEP Development and Instructional Planning (3)

EDSE 613 Applied Assessment (3)

EDSE 614 Behavioral Interventions (3)

EDSE 616 Scientifically Based Literacy Interventions (3)

EDSE 617 Mathematics and Content Area Learning for Students with Disabilities (3)

EDSE 618 Educating Students with Significant Support Needs (3)

EDSE 619 Secondary Services (3)

EDSE 693 Practicum in Special Education (3)

SRM 600 Introduction to Graduate Research (3) ** MA-only


For full details, see the official program listings in the UNC Graduate Catalog:

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Credits Required:
Endorsement: 27
Master's: 33 (45 if you need teacher licensure)
Time to Completion:
Denver prog: 2 years inc. practicum experience
Online prog: 2 years + practicum experience
$495/credit hour

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