College of Education > Academics > Counseling & Special Education > Graduate Programs > Special Education (MEd) > Admission Requirements
DePaul offers several program options in Special Education: a Special Education master's degree with initial license,
Teaching License (PEL) and Special Education Endorsement, and
Special Education Endorsement.
To be eligible to enroll in any of these programs, students must hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university and state teaching licensure (for current teachers).
A complete application to one of our Special Education programs will include the following materials:
Applicants who have earned a degree outside of the U.S. or who are considered international students must submit additional materials. Visit our
International Students page for more information.
Applicants can upload supplemental application materials, send requests for letters of recommendation, and pay the application fee through our online application system.
The Special Education licensure and master's degree program admits new students in the fall and winter quarters; the Special Education endorsement program and the initial license Special Education master's admit new students in the fall quarter only. Although these programs will accept applications up to a week before the term starts, we recommend that prospective students complete an application by its regular deadline.
*Only the Special Education master's degree for current teachers and licensure programs accept applications in the winter quarter.
Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, so as soon as a complete application is submitted, it is sent to the program's admission committee for review. An applicant typically receives an admission decision in 3-4 weeks.
Learn more about the Special Education graduate program and meet with program faculty at an upcoming
Our Graduate Ambassadors are here to answer any questions you might have and give you a glimpse into the real-life experiences of a graduate student in the College of Education.
Office of Graduate Admission 2400 N. Sheffield Ave. Chicago, IL 60614-3250 Email: