Special Education Accelerated Admissions (4+1) Program

Student at poster presentationWhat is it?

  • In the Accelerated Admissions Program, students can take up to four graduate-level courses while they are completing their undergraduate degree. When they graduate from their undergraduate programs, they immediately begin a graduate program in Special Education. The graduate courses that were taken as undergraduates, count toward their Master's Degrees in Special Education.
  • It is called an Accelerated Admissions Program because admission to graduate school is accelerated. Students cannot usually take graduate level courses until they complete their undergraduate degrees. In the Accelerated Admissions Program, we accelerate things and allow students to take up to four graduate-level courses while they are undergraduates. We accelerate the admissions process to graduate school by eliminating the GRE and MAT as required entrance exams.
  • Sometimes this program is called a "4+1" program. When people use this term, they are talking about a program that requires approximately four years for an undergraduate degree and approximately one additional year for a master's degree.

Who can participate in the Accelerated Admissions Program in Special Education?

In order to be accepted into the Accelerated Admissions Program in Special Education, you must:

  1. Be an education major pursuing an area of teaching licensure;
  2. Have a cumulative GPA of 3.4 or above;
  3. Have completed 90 credit hours.

Why is a Master's Degree in Special Education such a good thing?

A Master's Degree in Special Education will allow teachers to teach in their initial area of licensure, but to do so with increased skill.

Are there any other benefits to the Accelerated Admissions Program in Special Education?

  • The GRE and MAT tests are waived for Accelerated Admissions students. You can go to graduate school without taking these tests.
  • Tuition money can be saved by taking graduate courses when you are a full-time undergraduate student.

Application Dates

  • Spring Deadline: Nov. 1
  • Summer Deadline: April 1
  • Fall Deadline: July 1

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