Graduate Programs

Children's Campus to include the Laboratory Preschool, ELC and The College School as they spend time doing summertime activities and camps.

Exceptional Children and Youth: M.Ed., 4+1


The master of education (M.Ed.) in exceptional children and youth degree program is designed to develop professional educators committed to careers that involve children, youth and adults with disabilities. Graduates are prepared to work as special education teachers, education consultants and educational technology specialists.

The traditional master’s program track is appropriate for teachers with a teaching certificate in either general or special education who wish to develop advanced knowledge and skills. The degree track also may be suitable for individuals who are not teachers but have other experience in the disabilities field and wish to pursue an advanced degree only. For previously certified teachers, the traditional degree track also may be a path to a second certificate in special education.

The Master’s Plus Certification Program (MPCP) is appropriate for individuals who seek to acquire advanced knowledge and skills while also obtaining their first teaching certificate.

Current UD undergraduate students can be considered for admission to the 4+1 B.S. in early childhood education/M.Ed. in exceptional children and youth, the 4+1 B.S. in elementary teacher education/M.Ed. in exceptional children and youth, or the 4+1 B.S. in a secondary education major/M.Ed. in exceptional children and youth.

Program Concentrations:

  • Elementary Special Education
  • Secondary Special Education
  • Autism/Severe Disabilities



Application Deadlines


April 1: Final deadline to apply

December 15: Final deadline to apply (4+1 program)


December 15: Final deadline to apply




April 22: Final deadline to apply for the MPCP program

Master’s Plus Certification Program, MPCP track, is the only track offering summer admission.


UD Tuition

The 2023-2024 UD graduate student tuition rate per credit hour is $812.