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Severe Disabilities (MSDE Certification - Severely and Profoundly Disabled)

This 36-credit graduate degree program (with the option for MSDE Certification in Special Education: Severely & Profoundly Disabled -birth through grade 12) prepares individuals to teach students whose educational priorities include specialized instruction and intensive support in areas of independent living and adaptive behavior. This degree also includes courses appropriate for teachers working with students identified on the Autism Spectrum.

The program's curriculum addresses legal issues; instructional planning; applied behavioral programming; collaborative programming; medical and physical aspects; communication and social skills; augmentative communication instruction; motor, hearing, and vision management; community and independent living skills instruction.

Graduates of this program may be eligible to apply for Maryland Special Education certification.  Graduates seeking state certification will need to complete four reading courses, which are listed as prerequisites on the program planner.  Along with the required coursework, students must complete the following milestones: 1) achieve qualifying scores on the Praxis I tests (or one of the alternative State approved tests) prior to admission, 2) achieve a passing score on the Special Education Praxis II test prior to the second internship, 3) pass the master’s comprehensive exam and 4) complete a Graduate Student Project/Presentation to successfully earn a Master’s degree.

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Dr. Tamara Marder

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Kathy Erkert

Josh Fernandez Special Ed Teacher

“Johns Hopkins School of Education (SOE) provided me with an invaluable, relevant, and diverse education through my master's program. As a special education teacher in Montgomery County Public Schools, I‘ve  benefited greatly from the  knowledge and experiences gained from my time with JHU. I fully recommend JHU SOE to all prospective or rising special educators."

Josh Fernandez
Special Education Teacher
Montgomery County Public Schools