Undergraduate students in the Early Childhood bachelor's degree program are invited to apply to Carlow's Master of Education (M.Ed.) program with Special Education certification program. Students admitted to this program would have the opportunity to take up to 9 credits of graduate courses while they are still undergraduate students. These 9 credits would apply toward the 33 credit M.Ed. with Special Education Certification, leaving 24 credits to finish the M.Ed., which could be done in one year if a student chooses to attend full-time.

The courses that an undergraduate is permitted to take are:

  • SPED 760 Communication & Technology, 3 credits
  • EI 701 Early Intervention, 3 credits
  • SPED 772 Positive Behavior Supports PK-8, 3 credits

These nine credits will ALSO be counted toward the 120 credits needed for the undergraduate degree. Admission into the program will be provisional. Full and final admission to the M.Ed may be granted upon completion of the undergraduate degree from Carlow and fulfillment of any additional criteria.

This opportunity can save students time and money if they are planning on starting into one of Carlow's graduate programs. It is also an opportunity for students to engage in higher-level work and interact with graduate students while completing their undergraduate coursework. To stay in the program, students will need to maintain a 3.0 average.

Formal admission to the Master in Education begins during your Junior year. 


To begin study, the student will need:

  • Major in Early Childhood Education or Early Childhood/Special Education
  • Junior status when applying
  • Cumulative 3.2 GPA
  • To remain in this program, students will need to maintain a 3.0 overall GPA average
  • Undergraduate advisor's approval
  • Submit application materials which include letters of recommendation from two undergraduate Education instructors and a personal statement to be formally admitted.
  • Approval of MEd Director(s)
Final and full admission to the MEd may be granted upon completion of the undergraduate degree from Carlow and fulfillment of any additional criteria.