The Department of Curriculum, Instruction, and Special Education offers the Specialist in Education degree with a major in elementary education or a major in special education.
Entrance into a particular specialist’s degree program presupposes that the student has completed, or is willing to complete, the coursework required for that program at the master’s degree level, and holds or will obtain a Class AA Mississippi license or equivalent.
All specialist’s degree programs require a minimum of thirty-three (33) graduate semester hours beyond the master’s degree.
The specialist’s degree program requires admission to a particular program; submission of an approved program of studies; completion of all required coursework; successful completion of the specialist’s comprehensive examination; or completion and defense of an approved thesis or field problem. Students must have a 3.0 GPA to graduate.
Admission to specialist’s programs offered in the Department of Curriculum, Instruction, and Special Education is selective. To be considered for regular admission to a specialist’s degree program, an applicant must have
- an academic record reflecting a superior grade point average on previous graduate work;
- results from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) a national standardized achievement/aptitude test predictive of the ability to complete a specialist’s program successfully; (All sections)
- three letters of recommendation sent to the department from professionals in the field of education who are qualified to assess the applicant’s readiness for graduate study;
- a letter of intent (describe reasons for pursuing a specialist’s degree); also serves as a writing sample;
- a professional resume; and
- a copy of educator license.
The department reviews qualified applicants for graduate work throughout the academic year. Applications adhering to these dates will receive notification on the specified date as mentioned.
Semester Application Deadline Notification Date
Fall - First Monday in April; First Monday in May
Spring - First Monday in September; First Monday in October
Summer - First Monday in March; First Monday in April
Members of underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.
Admission to specialist’s programs offered in the Department of Curriculum, Instruction, and Special Education is contingent on the approval of the Departmental Graduate Committee, department chair, and the dean of the college. An applicant who fails to meet the above criteria for regular admission may be considered for conditional admission on an individual basis. Additional requirements may be specified based on the applicant's deficiencies.
Students accepted on a conditional basis MUST obtain a 3.40 GPA or better on their first nine (9) hours of specified coursework 600 level or higher on all coursework taken while completing this 9-hour requirement. It is the responsibility of the student to inform the department chair or graduate coordinator when conditional status is to be removed.
Ed.S. Field Study Policy for Special Education candidates