Stephen F. Austin State University

Graduate Programs: Special Education

Special Education Graduate Programs

Candidates seeking a master's degree or certification with a major in special education have five options, three of which can be completed online:

The master's degrees provide graduate-level preparation for careers in the classroom or in a professional administrative environment. Special education programs at SFA are aligned with national standards for special educators and state standards for special education teachers.

View Online Master's in Special Education Program Handbook

Graduate Program Admissions Process

Admission to any of the graduate Special Education programs above is contingent upon admission to the Graduate School; therefore, a student applying to the Special Education graduate program must meet the criteria for admission to the Graduate School. Criteria for admission to the Graduate School include a 2.5 overall GPA for provisional admission and a 2.8 overall GPA for clear admission. The GRE is waived for individuals who hold an M.Ed. in a related field or for individuals with an undergraduate (overall or last 60 hours) GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Before you complete an application to the Graduate School at Stephen F. Austin State University, please contact us at for a shared folder invitation that will allow you to electronically upload your pre-admission items for your chosen M.Ed. or certification seeking only track. Each applicant's pre-admission items will be reviewed by the program faculty members. Please do not submit a Graduate School application before completing these requirements, as the $50 application fee is non-refundable.

All pre-admission items will be uploaded to a shared folder (via invitation email sent by Nikkie Strahan or Dr. Koltonski). When you are ready to upload your pre-admission items, please email Nikkie Strahan and Dr. Koltonski to request a shared folder invitation.

After completing and submitting your pre-admission items, you may be asked to participate in a short, online video-conferencing interview session in which you will be asked up to five additional questions. You will access this interview via a provided web link.

Once this process is complete and you have been notified of your acceptance to the program, you may apply to the Graduate School. The application can be accessed and submitted electronically from the following website: Please do not submit a Graduate School application before completing these requirements, as the $50 application fee is non-refundable.

Review Process

Candidates for admission will only be considered following the submission of a completed pre-admission folder. The applicant's pre-admission folder is reviewed by program faculty. An applicant is then notified by email regarding the program recommendation on his/her application.

Financial Aid

To receive federal, state, or institutional funds you must:
• Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by visiting
• Be enrolled in an eligible degree-seeking or certificate program at least half-time (six credit hours)
• Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen
• Have a valid Social Security number
• Be in good academic standing and maintain satisfactory academic progress toward completion of a degree or certificate
• Not owe a refund on a federal grant or be in default on a federal educational loan
• Demonstrate a financial need, except for some loan programs *

For more information on financial aid at SFA, visit or contact the SFA Financial Aid Office at (936) 468-2403.


A TEACH Grant can help you pay for college if you plan to become a teacher in a high-need field in a low-income area. The TEACH Grant Program provides grants of up to $4,000 a year to students who are completing or plan to complete course work needed to begin a career in teaching. For more information, please visit the following site:


Community College Transfer Scholarship Program

This award opportunity is for students who transfer to SFA from a community college during the fall or the spring. The award is $1,000 for the year if the recipient's transferable GPA is 3.0 to 3.49, and the award is $2,000 per year for students with a transferable GPA of 3.50 or higher. You do not have to apply for this scholarship. We consider all students for it when they're admitted to SFA.

SFA has hundreds of scholarships available to new and returning students. Some scholarships are based on merit, while others have need-based, as well as merit, criteria. Scholarships requiring audition(s) or tryout(s) are also available. Criteria that may be used to determine recipients include class rank, high school or college GPA, scores on the ACT or SAT, leadership activities, and performance. Scholarship amounts range from $100 to $8,000. Some are renewable based upon academic performance, while others are one-time awards.

For more information on SFA scholarships, please visit

Prospective Student Letter

Download the letter here.