M.Ed. in Special Education

The M.Ed. in special education prepares scholars for faculty and leadership roles, and provide aspiring educators with the tools they need to make a difference in the lives of children, youth and adults with disabilities through research, teaching, and service.

In addition to the instruction from our nationally-recognized faculty, our master’s students can take advantage of field experiences available through Virginia Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities training program as well.

Successful completion of our degree programs can lead to endorsement in areas such as early childhood special education, special education: general education curriculum or special education: adapted curriculum.

The M.Ed. in special education can also be pursued as part of the Richmond Teacher Residency program, an innovative graduate teacher residency that pairs candidates with an experienced mentor in Richmond Public Schools. View the program's website here.




How to apply: Graduate application
Semester of entry: Spring, summer or fall (fall only for the early childhood concentration)
Application deadline: Feb. 1 for fall and summer admission, Nov. 1 for spring admission
Additional materials: Making online learning real (our stories)
This degree can be pursued as part of the Richmond Teacher Residency program.


  • VCU Graduate School requirements
  • Bachelor’s degree in an appropriate discipline
  • Written essay addressing your career interests
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Transcripts from previous academic work
  • A score of 290 or better on the GRE or 386 or better on the MAT
  • A personal interview
  • A provisional or professional collegiate teaching license in special education (or completion of the SEDP 630 prerequisite course, which may be completed in the first semester after admission)
  • Completion of personal review with program faculty (for those with bachelor’s degrees in areas other than special education)

Program Concentrations

Early Childhood
General Education
Severe Disabilities

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Jenna Lenhardt, Ph.D.

Contact Dr. King for Early Childhood concentration inquiries.

Contact Dr. Chen for General Education concentration inquiries.

Contact Dr. Mehtaji for Severe Disabilities concentration inquiries.