Master of Arts in Education (M.A.Ed.)

Special Education

Specific Learning Disabilities (SLD) Endorsement

Online 27 - 33 credits * 2 years

Affordable Tuition

$150/mo

*if using financial aid

How to Pay
Hurry! Classes Start September 2, 2019

What You Learn

The Master of Arts in Special Education is designed to prepare highly effective professional, decision-making, and reflective educators who are proficient in foundational knowledge; referral, evaluation, planning, and programming; instructional design, teaching, and ongoing evaluation; collaboration and communication, standards of effective practice; and core special education skills including instructional strategies, social/emotional health, social competence, cultural competence, classroom management and academic competence.

How You Learn

This program is an online cohort. In general, you will finish one 3 credit hour course every 7 weeks. Face to face meetings are not required; however, a weekly one hour synchronous audio/visual chat is required. You will still complete one 3 credit course every 7 weeks.

Career Outcomes

Students can choose to earn a Master of Arts in Special Education with Specific Learning Disorders (SLD) Endorsement (33 Credit Hours). Students who are not looking to earn a Master’s degree can obtain a Specific Learning Disorders (SLD) endorsement without a Master’s degree (27 Credit Hours). Students not looking to obtain an additional endorsement or who do not hold a current and valid Tier 3 or Tier 4 teaching license in Minnesota may earn a Master of Arts in Special Education with a focus in Specific Learning Disorders.

Degree Requirements

Master of Arts in Special Education with SLD Endorsement

CourseTitleHours
SPED 580Ethical Issues for Professional Educators of Exceptional Learners3
SPED 581Instructional Strategies: Mild/Moderate Disabilities3
ED 521Educational Research and Applications3
SPED 583Collaborative Teaching in Inclusive Settings3
SPED 582Teaching Students with Linguistic Differences or Difficulties3
SPED 590Teaching Students with Math or Language Difficulties3
SPED 589Collaborative Consultation in Special Education3
SPED 586Learners with Disabilities: Educational Assessment3
SPED 591Applied Experience in Learning Disabilities6
ED 590Conducting Research and Completing the Capstone3
 Total Credit Hours:33

Specific Learning Disabilities (SLD) Licensure Only

CourseTitleHours
SPED 580Ethical Issues for Professional Educators of Exceptional Learners3
SPED 581Instructional Strategies: Mild/Moderate Disabilities3
SPED 583Collaborative Teaching in Inclusive Settings3
SPED 582Teaching Students with Linguistic Differences or Difficulties3
SPED 590Teaching Students with Math or Language Difficulties3
SPED 589Collaborative Consultation in Special Education3
SPED 586Learners with Disabilities: Educational Assessment3
SPED 591Applied Experience in Learning Disabilities6
 Total Credit Hours:27
Please Note:

You must hold a current and valid Minnesota Tier 3 or Tier 4 teaching license to enroll in the Master of Arts in Special Education program with Specific Learning Disorders (SLD) Endorsement, Emotional/Behavioral Disorders (EBD) Endorsement, Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) Endorsement or any Endorsement only Special Education program.

This is not an official schedule and your cohort may take these courses in a different order.

The following course will be required if you have not previously taken courses for Reading Foundations and Assessment.

CourseTitleHours
SPED 562Literacy Strategies for Grades K-6: SPED6