Teacher Education

Master of Education in Exceptionalities

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Why Choose Exceptionalities?

If you are a Master of Education (M.Ed.) degree candidate who seeks to gain knowledge and experience working with those with exceptionalities but who is not interested in obtaining a professional teaching license in special education, consider Wright State's Master of Education in Exceptionalities program. 

If you are a parent or guardian who seeks to attain a greater depth of knowledge related to disabilities your children have and how to effectively provide equitable resources and experiences to them, this program could also prove exceptionally valuable to you. 

You will gain insight on both high-incidence disabilities and low-incidence disabilities across multiple age ranges and how exceptionalities impact the learning process. Your program will give you an in-depth understanding of special education, preparing you to work in fields in and outside of the P-12 education sector.  

Program Highlights

  • Many courses are offered in an online format 
  • Opportunity for a licensed teacher to attain a master’s degree outside of an additional licensure program 
  • Learn about varying disabilities and diagnostic assessments used in P-12 schools (beneficial for parents/guardians of individuals with disabilities) 
  • Provides non-teaching school personnel (e.g., counselors, therapists, academic coaches, etc.) with an understanding of various disabilities and the ways by which to provide equitable services to individuals with disabilities 

Contact Information

Morgan Ruppert, M.Ed.


This degree will help you work in a school (but not as a licensed teacher), community or government agency, or day care center. It can be of particular benefit to a parent or guardian of an individual with disabilities 

View the exceptionalities program profile for sample occupations, average salary, and employment projections.  

The College of Health, Education, and Human Services has provided a dedicated career consultant to assist you in connecting your major to a career. The career consultant focuses on staying up to date on career trends in education, kinesiology and health, leadership, and human services. Our assigned career consultant is an extension of services offered through Wright State’s Career Services.  

Real-World Experience

You will spend 24-30 hours working with students in a P-12 setting. This experience is embedded in one of the courses. 

Academics and Curriculum

View the Master of Education in Exceptionalities program information, degree requirements, and graduation planning strategies in the Academic Catalog. 

Program of Study (PDF)


Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution, with a minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.7


  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution, with a cumulative undergraduate GPA between and including 2.6 - 2.69, but with a 3.0 or better for the last 60 semester hours earned toward the undergraduate degree.

Admission Process


Apply to the Graduate School, indicate the program(s) you desire on the Graduate School application and it will be forwarded to the college for review.


Submit a clear FBI and BCI criminal background check

Questions about the graduate school application?

Contact: Graduate School
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Phone: 937-775-2976
Fax: 937-775-2453
Toll-free Number: 1-800-452-4723
Email: wsugrad@wright.edu

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