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Master's of Arts in Special Education

Application Information and Deadlines

Admission requirements: 

Candidates will be selected based on the following three factors:

  • Letters of Recommendation:  Two letters of recommendation, one or both of which must be from individuals who have observed you teaching (e.g., student teaching cooperating teacher or University supervisor, principal); the second can be from a former professor who can address your academic potential. Please refer to the application rubric to note what your letter writers should address in their letters. Character references are not appropriate.
  • Personal Statement: This statement should discuss why you want to become a special education teacher and what you feel are your strengths in this area. Also, state why you are pursuing a graduate degree in special education, and discuss any coursework, research, or direct service experiences that you have had that involved individuals with disabilities. Finally, discuss your personal goals in this degree program and any issues and problems that you would like to address in your studies.
  • Interview:  Each applicant will meet with program faculty on an individual basis to answer a set of questions pertinent to the graduate degree.

Admissions will be competitive. To apply, students will need to submit the following materials, as noted on the on-line application: (*International students must produce additional information, as specified in the graduate school application materials). 

  • A completed application for admission (online only) at
  • Application fee of $65.00 (online payment preferred)
  • Personal Statement (included in the online application)
  • Two (2) official college transcripts (sent by the institution). (To apply to the special education program, you must have at least a 3.0 undergraduate GPA, based on a 4-point scale). (These should go to Ms. Marsha Mott).
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation included in the online application
  • If you are claiming RI residency, an official certificate of residency (to Ms. Marsha Mott).

In addition to the above, the following materials need to be submitted in a single packet to Ms. Marsha Mott (Room 705, Chafee Social Science Building, URI Kingston Campus).

  • A current license in elementary education or be completing an elementary education program and be eligible for licensure by August 15 (as indicated by the official transcript), if you are applying to the elementary education program
  • A current license in secondary education or be completing a secondary education program and be eligible for licensure by August 15 (as indicated by the official transcript), if you are applying to the secondary special education program
  • Clear background check
  • A resume

*** Note:  GRE or MAT scores are not needed. 

Applicants should be aware of the Core Belief Statements of the School of Education.

Important Dates: 

Students will be admitted to the program once a year. Review of applications will begin in the Spring Semester. A cohort of 12 students will be admitted each spring/summer to the elementary special education program and a cohort of 12 students will be admitted each spring/summer to the secondary special education program. Applications will be accepted until each cohort is filled. After students are interviewed, a list of recommended students goes to the URI Graduate Admissions Office for formal approval.

If you have questions, please contact Dr. Joanne Eichinger at 401 874-7420 or, or Marsha Mott at 401 874-4068 or

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Program Requirements

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  • The URI / RIC Ph.D in Education will have Information Session for prospective students on:
    Saturday, 10/31, from 9-11:30 a.m.
    Donovan South on the RIC Campus.