Admission Requirements Master of Education in Special Education online

  • University requirements will be assessed by the online application through There is a one-time application fee of $25.
  • Official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended*
  • Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 (institutional bachelor's degree) requires no GRE.
  • Undergraduate GPA between 2.5 and 2.99 (institutional bachelor's degree) requires a qualifying GRE by the third course.
  • For those applicants within the 2.5-2.99 range in the institutional bachelor's degree, a last 60 hour count will be performed and if the derived GPA is 3.0 or higher, the applicant will be granted admission on the no-GRE status.
  • Applicants with a GPA below 2.5 in the institutional bachelor's will not be admitted.
  • Students must have a valid state-issued teaching certificate upon enrolling in the program.
  • Applicants must have at least two years of teaching experience.
  • US Citizen or Permanent Resident

Waivers of any experience or certification requirements will be initiated by Lamar University Admissions staff as necessary in instances where they may not apply, such as applications from states that do not require certification for licensure.

In addition to University admission requirements, the Department of Special Education requires the following for admission to the department program.

  • Valid teaching certificate**
  • Two years teaching experience
  • Employed on a Texas Education Agency approved public or private school campus.*** To determine if your school is Texas Education Agency approved, please use the following links: public school or private school.
  • Complete and submit the departmental application—will be sent by email after completing the ApplyTexas application.
  • Reference from your principal.

Out-of-state applicants must determine whether the program will meet their state credentialing requirements by contacting their state's Dept. of Education.

**Please note that out of state students may not be required to meet this criteria.

*** Not applicable to out of state students unless taking the TExES (Texas Examinations of Educator Standards) Principal Exam.

Out of state students should check with their state department of education to determine if there are specific state requirements needed.

GRE Policy

For applicants to graduate programs in the College of Education and Human Development (online and on campus), students with a 3.0 GPA undergrad or 3.0 in their last 60 hours are admitted unconditionally. Students required to take the GRE must meet the institutional GRE and GPA standard.

GRE taken after August 2011:
Undergraduate GPA (cumulative or last 60 hours, whichever is higher) x 50 + GRE Verbal + GRE quantitative =/or greater than 428.

Appeals Process:

Students not meeting the standard admission score of 428 must take the GRE, submit their scores, and appeal to be registered beyond the third course of a master’s degree program. Appeals may not be processed without the results of a GRE attempt. Upon reporting the first GRE and appealing unsuccessfully, students may retake the GRE and submit their scores with a second appeal. A second appeal decision is final. Students whose GPAs fall below 2.5 in the institutional Bachelor's will not be considered for admission on any basis, with or without the GRE.

For more information on the GRE go to

Send all required documents to:

Lamar University Online Admissions
P.O. Box 10017
Beaumont, Texas 77710

* All applicants must submit official, sealed, transcripts from each institution attended to the Admissions Office. All degrees must be from a regionally accredited institution.

We reserve the right to review individual applicant qualifications for admission. Final determinations for admission are based upon a number of criteria. We reserve the right to refuse student entrance or terminate a student after admission to a program if, in the judgment of the faculty, the student demonstrates unacceptable professional fitness to practice in their particular field of study with children, youth, and/or adults.

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