Cannon-Clary College of Education

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    M.Ed. in Special Education K-12

Serve and teach students of all ability levels!

If you are a licensed teacher seeking Special Education K-12 licensure, the M.Ed. Special Education K-12 is for you! It is also possible to attain the Dyslexia Endorsement by adding two additional courses (see our Endorsements for more information).
Note: Starting Fall 2024, this program has been reduced from 35 to 33 hours!

Admission Requirements

Application Requirements

  • Complete the online application.
  • Request official transcripts* be sent directly from previous institutions to
  • Request professional/academic recommendations from three individuals.
  • Upload a copy of your current educator license (or have official scores of the appropriate Praxis exams sent to Harding University).
  • Upload a copy of your Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) immunization record.

*Note: Harding alumni and current students do not need to request Harding transcripts as they are on file.

Additional Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree with a cumulative GPA of 3.0, 3.0 on the last 60 hours, or a master's degree.
  • Cumulative GPA for provisional admittance: between 2.35 and 2.99 (must maintain a 3.0 on the first 12 hours of coursework).
  • Provide documentation of Science of Reading Proficiency (Phase II) as described by Prescribed Pathway Credentials. Those who have not completed this at admission must provide documentation of completion prior to finishing their program at Harding University.

Please direct questions to:

Harding University
Department of Graduate Studies in Education
Phone: 501-279-4315
Fax: 501-279-4083

Graduation Requirements

  1. Comprehensive exams are required during your last semester in the program.

  2. You must complete the 33-hour program of study.

  3. You must have a cumulative GPA of 3.00 in all graduate work with no grade lower than C.

  4. You may have a maximum of two C's.

  5. You must complete a minimum of 27 hours of your graduate work with Harding University.

  6. You must complete all requirements within eight years from the time of admission to the graduate program.

  7. Complete the Petition for Graduation pdf the semester before you graduate.

  8. Complete the Online Graduation Application.

Academic Catalog and Course Schedule

The M.Ed. in Special Education K-12 program of study consists of 33 hours. For additional information about this program, you may want to consult the Catalog and its curriculum plan.

For current course schedules, please see the Semester Course Schedules on the Graduate Programs home page.

Note: Interns must complete the course work and pass comprehensive exams before graduation. In addition for licensure, a Praxis II exam is required by the Arkansas Department of Education.

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Or contact us directly:

Master of Education Special Education K-12

American Studies 207

Dr. Carol Douglass, Director of Special Education


Fax: 501-279-4083

Contact Us

Graduate Studies in Education is part of the College of Education


Fax: 501-279-4083

Mailing address:
Harding University
Graduate Studies in Education
HU 12261
Searcy, AR 72149-5615