Secondary Special Education and Transition Services

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Master of Arts in Education & Human Development

Department of Special Education & Disability Studies

This program offers a variety of areas of concentration for master’s level study focused on working with adolescents and young adults with disabilities. The following options are available:

Interdisciplinary Services Degree Tracks

  • Interdisciplinary Transition Services - This focus allows for individuals to specialize in the planning, provision, and evaluation of transition services. Contact: Dr. Michael Ward at

  • Interdisciplinary Services for Individuals with Acquired Brain Injury– This highly specialized degree prepares professionals to work as brain injury specialists. Contact Theresa Armstrong at

Teacher Preparation Degree Tracks

This program meets requirements for licensure in special education in DC, Maryland and Virginia and is accredited by the NCATE. The program offers three options for individuals interested in becoming a licensed special educator working with adolescents and young adults.

  • Adolescents with Learning, Emotional and Intellectual Disabilities (in partnership with Fairfax County Virginia Schools)- This 2 year program allows for students to complete a full-time internship, and work as a provisionally licensed teacher. Contact Dr. Deanna Ortiz at 

  • Adolescents Emotional & Behavioral Disabilities (EBD) –This intensive one-year program offers students the opportunity to complete a two-semester clinical internship during the day and attend courses at night. Contact

  • Brain Injury Special Educator – This 2 year program prepares educators to serve school-age children and youth with brain injuries. Internship requirements are completed in school and community settings, and courses are online and on campus. Contact Theresa Armstrong at

Program Faculty

Karen Ihrig
  • Karen
  • Assistant Professor
  • Special Education and Disability Studies
  •  (202) 994-5986
Joan Kester
  • Joan
  • Visiting Assistant Professor
  • Special Education and Disability Studies
Elisabeth Rice
  • Elisabeth
  • Associate Professor
  • Special Education & Disability Studies
  •  (202) 994-1535
Juliana Taymans
  • Juliana
  • Professor
  • Special Education and Disability Studies
  •  (202) 994-3291
Beth Tuckwiller
  • Beth
  • Assistant Professor
  • Special Education & Disability Studies
  •  (202) 994-1533

We review applications on a rolling basis.  Though, we encourage all applicants to submit their applications as soon as possible for best opportunity to arrange for their new graduate student life.  

Fast Facts

Courses Required (minimum)
  • Full-time
  • Part-time
  • Online
  • Fall
  • Spring
  • Summer


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