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Program Overview

Graduates from the Special Education Leadership: Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) program will fill an integral and increasingly needed role within schools to meet the needs of all learners. With knowledge and skills built from the fully online Master of Arts program, aspiring leaders can establish school-based systems for students with special academic or behavioral needs. The program prepares individuals to work with students one-on-one, in groups or in larger school communities to make a prompt and long-lasting impact.

Program Highlights 

#13 in Special Education in U.S. News Ranking for 2020

Program Outcomes

Students can take lessons they learn in their Special Education Leadership: Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) coursework and apply it to their careers immediately. Working with renowned faculty members, students will be skilled in making informed decisions, utilizing practices rooted in data and creating assessments that work for all students.

Career Outlook

With a Master of Arts degree in Special Education Leadership: MTSS, Spartans will become expert champions in providing environments and systems where students find support across academic, behavioral and emotional needs. In schools with already established MTSS practices, graduates will have an extra foundation of knowledge built from research and practice. In some cases, graduates may find they could fill a growing need in a school that does not have an MTSS advocate.



  • CEP 801ACollaboration and Consultation in Special Education3 Credits
  • CEP 802AReflection and Inquiry in Teaching Special Education I: Mild Impairment3 Credits
  • CEP 803AAssessment of Students with Mild Disabilities3 Credits
  • CEP 804BAdvanced Diagnosis and Remediation for Students with Literacy Disabilities3 Credits
  • CEP 809Data-Driven Instruction within Multi-Tiered Systems of Support3 Credits
  • CEP 840Policies, Practices, and Perspectives in Special Education3 Credits
  • CEP 841Classroom and Behavior Management in the Inclusive Classroom3 Credits
  • CEP 842Content-Area Instruction for Students with Mild Disabilities3 Credits
  • CEP 844Applied Behavior Analysis for Teachers3 Credits
  • CEP 850Technology and Literacy for Students with Mild Disabilities3 Credits

Admissions and Requirements

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. A bachelor's degree

  2. A license/certificate required

    Copy of your teaching certificate

  3. Previous work experience


  4. Official transcripts from all previous schools

To apply to this program:

  1. Complete a university graduate application  (Program code: 6788) 
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Key Dates

Summer 2021

Application Deadline

February 1, 2021

Tuition & Fees

In State Tuition

  • $26,925
  • Total


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