Master of Arts (M.a.)

Special Education Leadership

In-Person or Online 30 major credits * 2 years

Affordable Tuition


*if using financial aid

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Program Highlights & Benefits

Classes meet online or on campus

2 year completion time, including holiday breaks

One course completed every 8 weeks

Transfer credits considered

Program Overview

The Master of Arts Degree in Special Education Leadership is designed for applicants with an interest in the administrative work involved in leading special education programs. This degree is designed to provide qualified candidates with the skills and knowledge necessary to understand leadership in the field of special education.

Program Objectives

  • Apply an understanding of the financial and legal implications of special education programs in making critical decisions impacting students.
  • Create a professional development plan that promotes growth in personnel.
  • Understand the role of each stakeholder and their contribution to the special education program.
  • Be knowledgeable about and support the use of effective teaching strategies for students with special needs.
  • Conduct research to answer questions related to special education practices and successfully and systemically meet the needs of exceptional learners.

Areas of Study

EDL/SPED 6250Special Education Law & Policy3
EDL/SPED 6225Special Education Finance3
SPED 6375Supervision of Programs for Children with Disabilities3
SPED 6355Instructional Strategies for students with Academic & Physical Disabilities3
SPED 6320Assistive Technology: Principles and Practice3
SPED 6365Instructional Strategies for Students3
EDL 6310Schools, Families, and Community Partnerships3
SPED 6896Practicum and Seminar in Special Education Leadership 13
SPED 6897Practicum and Seminar in Special Education Leadership 23
RES 6600Research in Education3
 Total Credit Hours:30
Master's Capstone Experience
A master’s capstone is required for all master of arts candidates. This culminating project highlights the candidate’s mastery of content throughout his or her studies. Capstones are traditionally a summary of work demonstrating overall growth and specific understandings of the professional standards. The capstone serves as a performance-based evaluation and promotes reflective practice. It also demonstrates the professional’s proficiency in integrating technology and his or her ability to interpret theory into practice.

NOTE: This is only an introduction of the program. You are responsible to review the Graduate Catalog for program details.