Mild/Moderate Educational Needs

The Master’s Degree in Special Education Mild/Moderate Education Needs concentration provides advanced knowledge about special education for K-12 students with mild/moderate disabilities. Students with mild/moderate disabilities most often participate in the general curriculum. These students may require specially designed intervention and support in the areas of academics, non-cognitive skills, social and emotional functioning, behavior, and/or career preparation and postsecondary transition. Disabilities served by teachers with mild to moderate training and licensure include but are not limited to learning disabilities, emotional and behavioral disorders, ADHD/other health impairments, mild intellectual disabilities, and (when appropriate) autism spectrum disorder.

The Master’s Degree – Mild/Moderate concentration is designed to provide advanced knowledge and skills in the following areas:

  1. Identifying, designing, implementing, and evaluating effective, research-based practices that address the special education needs of K-12 students with mild/moderate disabilities
  2. Understanding and analyzing contemporary issues, trends, and controversies related to special education and mild/moderate disabilities
  3. Explaining the various roles of scientific research in theory development, policy making, and improving educational and other outcomes for K-12 students with mild/moderate disabilities


To be admitted to the the Master’s Program, students must complete the online graduate application and submit an official transcript or transcripts (if coursework was completed at more than one institution), a goal statement, and two letters of recommendation. Application materials should be sent to Graduate Studies. More Information on how to submit application materials can be found here. A minimum GPA of 3.0 is required although students may be conditionally admitted with GPAs that do not meet that minimum. Students who are admitted conditionally are required to earn grades of B or better in their first 3 courses to continue in the program.

Program Requirements

The Master of Education (M.Ed.) degree requires a minimum of 33 semester hours of graduate coursework with at least half being at the 60,000 level. A maximum of 12 hours of approved (e.g., relevant, current, and earned grades of A or B) graduate level coursework can be transferred into the Master’s Program. Students have six years from the term of first enrollment to complete the degree.


Please note that the Master’s degree and Non-degree Graduate Licensure Preparation Program are distinct and separate. If you are interested in Mild/Moderate Special Education Licensure in addition to a Master’s degree, you must be fully admitted into the Mild/Moderate Educational Needs Licensure Preparation (Non-Degree) and complete the prescribed coursework for that program in addition to that prescribed for the Master’s Degree.

Please contact Dr. Nathan Stevenson for more information about Mild/Moderate Graduate Programs.



Professional Licensure Disclosure
This program is designed to prepare students to sit for applicable licensure or certification in Ohio. If you plan to pursue licensure or certification in a state other than Ohio, please review state educational requirements for licensure or certification and contact information for state licensing boards at Kent State's website for professional licensure disclosure.

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