Special Education with Master's

Degree Intentions:

This degree is designed for teachers seeking roles in special education.

Program Highlights & Benefits:

  • Available in a blended format with face-to-face class meetings or an entirely online format
  • Can be obtained in as little as five semesters
  • One course completed every eight weeks

Special Education Emphasis students will:

  • Be prepared for endorsement in Modified and Comprehensive Special Education
  • Market themselves for roles in teacher leadership, classroom management, and special education
  • Complete coursework regarding Exceptional Children, Behaviors, Disabilities and Needs

Formatting to Accommodate the Busy Lifestyles of Educators:

Students in our blended cohorts take the core courses for the degree in a face-to-face format. These courses meet one night per week, from 4:45 to 8:45 p.m. will take the remaining courses for the degree online. These courses do not require face-to-face class meetings; students log-in regularly to complete assignments, participate in online discussions, and engage in group activities. During the Fall and Spring terms, students finish one course every 8 weeks. During the summertime, students complete up to four courses. All courses taken in the Summer are online. Following this schedule, candidates complete the degree in approximately 18 months.

Students in our online cohorts take all courses for the degree in a completely online format. These courses do not include face-to-face class meetings; students log-in regularly to complete assignments, participate in online discussions, and engage in group activities. During the Fall and Spring terms, students finish one course every 8 weeks. During the summertime, students complete up to four courses. All courses taken in the Summer are online. Following this schedule, candidates complete the degree in approximately 18 months.

Career Outcomes:

Graduates of this program are equipped to become special educators in K-12 classroom settings.

Degree Requirements:

Number Title Hours
EDUC 638 Foundations of Leadership 3
EDUC 561 Effective Home, School, and Community Relations 3
Choose one:
EDUC 672 Evaluation for Continuous Improvement 3
EDUC 531 Evaluation of Learning 3
SPED 625 Managing Challenging Behaviors 3
SPED 617 Characteristics/Needs of Low Incidence Disabilities 3
EDUC 630 Educational Research 3
SPED 616 Characteristics/Needs of Disabilities 3
EDUC 622 Diagnosis and Correction of Reading Problems 3
EDUC 635 Integrating Research and Learning 3
SPED 619 Assessment and Diagnosis of Exceptional Children 3
SPED 524 Techniques for Inclusion of Diverse Learners 3
ELECTIVE Choose an online elective from M.Ed. course offerings 3
  Total for Degree: 36

Please Note:

The degree requirements listed above are tentative and are subject to change.