Application Deadline July 15
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Application Details

Prerequisites to Apply

Hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally or nationally accredited college or university.

Earned minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) in all previous undergraduate and graduate studies (including for incomplete programs of study and for programs still in progress).

Application Requirements and Deadlines

MS in Special Education — Mild-to-Moderate Disabilities
Application Deadline: Fall: July 15

SET-IT: July 15
Application Requirements:
Online application form
$80.00 application fee
Test Scores:For candidates intending to submit a standardized testing score for admission, please visit the Maryland Department of Education website for a listing of specific tests accepted.
Resume/CV:To be uploaded to your online application form.
Official Transcripts:Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended
Essay:To be uploaded to your online application form.

Upload a 500-word essay discussing why you wish to pursue a degree at Johns Hopkins University, focusing on your long-term goals and how your academic program will complement those goals. Discuss the strengths and weaknesses in your educational background, as well as any additional comments that will assist in evaluating your application materials. Essays should be submitted in a typed format on a separate sheet of paper.
Letters of Recommendation:Two letters of recommendation from individuals who can speak to your work with children with disabilities.

After entering the contact information for your recommendation providers within the online application, each provider will receive an email with instructions about logging onto our system. At that time, they will have the opportunity to fill out the Recommendation Form and upload a recommendation letter. Providers should use the online application form to upload and send their recommendation letters.

Applicants should request recommendation letters that directly address their candidacy for admission to this program. Ideally, individuals selected to provide letters should include those from both academic and professional settings. It is acceptable for candidates who have not been enrolled in post-secondary-level courses for several years to substitute letters from professional contexts.
Interview:Applicants who meet admission requirements will be asked to interview (in-person, via Zoom, or by phone) to ensure that their goals align with the program’s goals before an offer of admission.

For SET-IT program, additional interview with JHU SOE and MCPS is required.

Tuition and Fees

Tuition and fees are subject to change for ensuing academic years and will be updated on the School of Education website accordingly.

Tuition and Fees Information

More Information

Office of Admissions
Office of Admissions Toll-free
Julianne Taylor, Sr. Academic Program Administrator
Johns Hopkins School of Education
5801 Smith Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21209
Suite M-500
Monday to Friday
8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. ET

What to Expect

Student Outcomes

  • Understand the legal issues and federal requirements involved in educating students with disabilities
  • Assess and evaluate student performances using formal and informal assessments
  • Collect and analyze data to make evidence-based decisions across academic and behavioral domains
  • Develop effective and innovative individualized instructional programs across various content areas including, math, literacy, and written language
  • Manage and chart challenging student and classroom behaviors
  • Collaborate effectively with fellow educators, parents, itinerant teachers, and other specialists, administrators, and students
  • Reflect on your own ethical practices while becoming a lifelong member of the special education professional community

What is mild-to-moderate special education?

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Mild to moderate special education refers to an educational program designed for learners with mild to moderate disabilities or learning differences.

Students with mild to moderate disabilities or learning differences typically require some level of specialized support or accommodations to access the general education curriculum, but their needs can often be met within an inclusive classroom setting.

How much do special education teachers make in Maryland?

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The salary of a special education teacher in Maryland can vary.

The salary of special education teachers in Maryland can vary based on factors such as the teacher's qualifications, experience, and the specific school district. On average, special education teachers in Maryland earn a median salary of around $65,000 to $70,000 per year. However, actual salaries may range from approximately $50,000 to over $85,000 per year.

What can you do with a master's degree in special education?

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With a master's degree in special education, graduates can pursue various career opportunities.

With a master’s degree in special education from the Johns Hopkins School of Education, graduates can work as special education teachers in K-12 schools, specialize in specific areas like autism or learning disabilities, become educational consultants, work in educational leadership roles, or engage in research and advocacy for students with special needs.

How do you become a special education teacher in Maryland?

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Completing a state-approved teacher preparation program with supervised teaching experience is required.

To become a special education teacher in Maryland, you typically need to earn a bachelor's degree in special education or a related field. Additionally pursuing a master's degree in special education can provide advanced knowledge and skills. Also, completing a state-approved teacher preparation program with supervised teaching experience is required. Further, you must pass relevant exams like the Praxis II. After meeting these requirements, you can apply for a Maryland teaching certificate through the State Department of Education. Specific hiring criteria may vary.

International Applicants

International students interested in applying to a program at the Johns Hopkins School of Education must follow the same application process and submit the same general application materials as their peers, along with some additional requirements.

International Student Admissions

Please visit the International Student Admissions webpage for additional application requirements or information.

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