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M.Ed. in Special Education – Low Incidence Concentration

Master’s Degree

University of Maine

This program, which requires a minimum of 36 credit hours, leads to state certification as an Educational Specialist for Students with Severe Disabilities (286). The program prepares master’s level special educators to serve students with autism spectrum disorder, significant intellectual disabilities, and students with multiple disabilities.  In addition to the UMaine Graduate School application criteria, applicants must demonstrate satisfactory scores on the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators and successful completion of an introductory course in special education or adapting instruction for students with disabilities.  All courses require fieldwork so candidates must be working or volunteering in K-12 schools.


  • Earn an NCATE-accredited degree from the University of Maine
  • Learn from experienced faculty who are leaders in the field
  • Practice collaborating effectively with co-teachers, family and other service providers
  • Experience multiple perspectives through case studies, simulations and reflective exercises
  • Complete your coursework anywhere through our innovative online format
  • Submit your application with **no GRE or MAT requirement for admission into the program **For students demonstrating an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 and above.

For more information, contact Program Coordinator:

Deborah L. Rooks-Ellis, Ph.D.

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