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Program Overview

The Special Education Masters Program features courses for K-12 educators to become experts in effective education for students with disabilities. The fully online M.A. program is ranked among the best in the nation and offers study emphasis in Learning Disabilities (LD) and Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). Students will have the opportunity to apply teaching methods and practices informed by research. In addition, they will have opportunities to apply those methods in authentic contexts to foster deep understanding and critical reflection.

Program Highlights 

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

Program Outcomes

Throughout the M.A. in Special Education, students will engage in clinical projects and practicums with opportunities to reflect on teaching practice with the support, feedback, and collaboration of the teaching faculty. Courses are taught by special education program faculty members who have extensive experience as researchers, teacher educators, and special education classroom teachers.

Career Outlook

The Master of Arts degree in Special Education prepares practicing teachers to emphasize and enhance their expertise in and out of the classroom. Graduates of the Special Education M.A. program will attain the abilities to develop, implement, and interpret data and to communicate this information in significant ways to colleagues, families, students, and stakeholders. More than 85% of our graduates receive a pay increase for obtaining their M.A. degree.

Courses

Core

  • CEP 801A Collaboration and Consultation in Special Education 3 Credits
  • CEP 803AAssessment of Students with Mild Disabilities 3 Credits
  • CEP 804A Literacy Instruction for Students with Mild Disabilities 3 Credits
  • CEP 840Policies, Practices, and Perspectives in Special Education 3 Credits
  • CEP 841 Classroom and Behavior Management in the Inclusive Classroom 3 Credits
  • CEP 841 Classroom and Behavior Management in the Inclusive Classroom 3 Credits
  • CEP 841 Classroom and Behavior Management in the Inclusive Classroom 3 Credits
  • CEP 842Content-Area Instruction for Students with Mild Disabilities 3 Credits
  • CEP 842 Content-Area Instruction for Students with Mild Disabilities 3 Credits
  • CEP 843 Autism Spectrum Disorders: Characteristics and Educational Implications 3 Credits
  • CEP 850 Technology and Literacy for Students with Mild Disabilities 3 Credits
  • CEP 893F Special Education Internship: Teaching Children with Learning Disabilities3 3 Credits
  • CEP 894GSpecial Education Practicum: Children and Youth with Learning Disabilities6 6 Credits
  • CEP 894JSpecial Education Practicum: Children and Youth with Autism Spectrum Disorders 3 Credits
  • TE 846 Accommodating Differences in Literacy Learners 3 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

    CV/Résumé

  4. A written personal statement

  5. 3 letters of recommendation

  6. Official transcripts from all previous schools

To apply to this program:

  1. Complete a university graduate application (Program code: 6742)
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Key Dates

Summer 2021

Application Deadline

February 1, 2021

Tuition & Fees

In State Tuition

  • $26,925
  • Total

Out of State Tuition

  • $26,925
  • Total

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