M. Ed. Special Education

Training Program

Credential(s) Offered

Bachelor's degree and above

Method of Delivery

Hybrid or blended

When offered

Daytime Hours, Evening Hours

Instructional Program (CIP)

Special Education and Teaching, Other. 131099


THIS IS A DELAWARE LICENSURE/CERTIFICATION PROGRAM WITH CONTENT KNOWLEDGE AND PERFORMANCE ASSESSMENT REQUIREMENTS. Students taking courses to satisfy certification requirements are personally responsible for verifying with the Delaware Department of Education (or the appropriate licensure/certification authority in another state) that such course work is applicable and acceptable. Students are also responsible for meeting all state-mandated testing requirements and/or teaching experience requirements, and for applying for credentials.  Wilmington University has not made determinations for licensure in states outside of Delaware. For state-by-state contact information for inquiring about individual state licensure requirements, please visit NC-SARA's Professional Licensure Directory.

Content and Performance Assessment Requirements

Praxis Testing Requirements 

Prior to placement for student teaching/internship in K-12 special education, candidates must pass (by achieving minimum scores set by the DE Professional Standards Board) ETS Praxis II #5354: Core Knowledge and Applications and an ETS PRAXIS II content knowledge exam approved by the Professional Standards Board for licensure/certification as a secondary teacher (grades 7-9 or 7-12) or the content knowledge exam specified for elementary teachers (grades K-6).

Please note that state-mandated licensure/certification exams and minimum score requirements are subject to change by the Delaware Department of Education.  Any changes mandated by the Department of Education will be implemented as required by state regulation. 

Test takers should designate Wilmington University and the Delaware Department of Education as score recipients. This enables scores to be sent directly, confidentially, and electronically to the University and to the DE Department of Education. Otherwise, candidates must provide original copies of all official score reports, including all sub-score reports to the office of Graduate Admissions.

NOTE: Wilmington University is obligated to modify educator preparation program requirements to comply with any regulatory mandates/changes of the Delaware Department of Education.

Performance Assessment

The State of Delaware requires new teachers to achieve a passing score on a state-approved performance assessment in order to be fully licensed. The performance assessment may not be scored by any employees of the Educator Preparation Program or Unit. It is scored by Nationally Certified ETS Reviewers not associated with Wilmington University. The assessment used by Wilmington University to satisfy this requirement is the Praxis Performance Assessment for Teachers (PPAT). 

Completing this assessment is a student teaching requirement. Candidates must check with their program advisors or program chairs to obtain current and accurate information related to the assessments and minimum scores that are required.

Program Changes

Master of Education degree programs in the College of Education which contribute to eligibility for initial licensure and certification as Delaware educators are approved by the Delaware Department of Education. Any changes that are mandated by the Delaware Department of Education or the Delaware General Assembly will be implemented in accordance with state regulations. 

Program Purpose

The purpose of the Master of Education in Special Education licensure/certification degree program is to prepare candidates for positions teaching students with disabilities in specific content/subject areas and grade levels (grades K-12).

Students with disabilities must be taught by professionals who are trained in the identification, assessment, and teaching of individuals with exceptionalities. To reach this goal, the Master of Education in Special Education program provides candidates with the opportunity to complete the coursework with assignments and performance tasks aligned to the appropriate standards. This program reflects Wilmington University’s advocacy of an inclusion model of special education service delivery.

Program Competencies

The Master of Education in Special Education (MSE) degree program is built around standards developed by the Council for Exceptional Children, in addition to the Delaware Professional Teaching Standards/InTASC Model Teaching Standards, and reflects the College of Education Program Attributes and Conceptual Framework. Those standards can be accessed below:




Outcomes Assessment

The assessment of content knowledge, pedagogy, learning theory, and performance competencies is accomplished through satisfactory attainment of specific course objectives; satisfactory performance on tests of general and content-related knowledge, as well as performance assessments, successful completion of assignments linked to program competencies and graduation competencies; fieldwork evaluations from advisors and school-based mentors; and evaluations and post-graduation surveys.

Program Design

The M.Ed. in Special Education is for candidates who have completed a bachelor’s degree in a field other than education who wish to obtain a master’s degree and eligibility for a state of Delaware initial teaching license and certification as a K-12 teacher of students with disabilities and who also desires to meet the requirements for a standard certificate in a core content area. At entry, previous transcript(s) of teacher candidates will be carefully reviewed to determine if they have completed the necessary core content area coursework for which they intend to teach children with disabilities. Any omissions in such content area coursework must be completed before Student Teaching/Teaching Internship.

Wilmington University's Master of Education in Special Education licensure/certification degree program prepares you for positions teaching exceptional children in specific content areas and grade levels (grades 1-12).

Minimum entry level requirements- Bachelor's Degree.

Online option as well




Entrance Requirements

Bachelor's Degree


Wilmington University- Brandywine

WIOA Approved Program


Training Location(s)

3509 Silverside Road, Wilmington, Delaware

Local WIB

1 - Statewide

Name of Credential

Master of Education

Type of financial aid offered or have access to


Refund Policy

Is the proposed curriculum currently certified by an accrediting agency or similar national standardization program?

Yes - Middle States Accrediting Agency

Is this proposed curriculum considered a nontraditional program of training services for women?


Is this proposed curriculum considered a nontraditional program of training services for men?


Cost Items

Books (Estimated)

$400.00 per term

Graduation Fees

$100.00 at conclusion of program

In-State/District Tuition

$2,928.00 per term, 6 credits

Other Fees

$35.00 application fee, per application at the university

Out-of-State/District Tuition

$2,928.00 per term, 6 credits

Registration Fee

$25.00 per term

Total In-State Program Cost


Total Out-of-State Program Cost


Demand Occupation(s)

25-2059.00Special Education Teachers, All Other
$0.00 per hour

Provider Status



3509 Silverside Road, Wilmington, Delaware 19810

Phone Number

(877) 967-5464

Web Address


Last Updated

Jul 25, 2022


May 18, 2021


Jul 01, 2022