Master of Arts (M.A.)

Special Education

(No Endorsement)

Hybrid 30 major credits * 2 years

Reduced Tuition


*if using financial aid

How to Pay

Program Highlights & Benefits

Hybrid format combines personal experience with convenience of online learning

2 year completion time, including breaks

Cohort model helps facilitate supportive and collaborative learning

Workload designed for full time professional educators

Goals and Focus of the Program

The Master of Arts in Special Education focuses on in-depth knowledge and skill development for meeting needs of learners with special needs in multiple K-12 settings, including curriculum adaptation.

Program Design

The Master of Arts in Special Education (No Endorsement) program follows a cohort instructional model with a hybrid delivery structure. Eight-week courses include a combination of online (synchronous and asynchronous learning activities) and hybrid (at least 50% online class sessions) courses, determined by course content. This program includes face-to-face sessions that take place from 4:45 PM – 8:45 PM on the same night of the week at a central location, and online sessions that may require meeting virtually during this scheduled class time. The duration of the program is approximately two years.


Candidates in the Master of Arts in Special Education program must have a Bachelor’s degree from a regionally-accredited institution with a minimum GPA of 2.5, one year of full time, contracted teaching experience, and access to a classroom and students throughout the duration of the program to fulfill field study requirements.

Degree Requirements and Career Outcome

The degree requirements for this program are successful completion of the program’s respective courses (listed below) and completion of a capstone project as a university requirement, which is embedded within the coursework.  Upon completion of this program, candidates will have earned a Master of Arts in Special Education.  This is not a certificate, licensure or endorsement program.

Plan of Study

CourseTitle  Hours
SPEC 539Universal Design for Learning: Proactive Inclusion for All Students  
SPEC 561
Behavioral Interventions
SPEC 535
Special Education Law  3
SPEC 518Designing Learning Experiences for Students with Low-Incidence Disabilities  
SPEC 554Researched-Based Math Interventions  
SPEC 526Educational Assessment  
SPEC 542Science of Early Reading Development  
SPEC 540Reading Comprehension and Vocabulary Interventions  
SPEC 505Assistive Technology for Access to the Curriculum Special Education  
SPEC 530Research in Special Education*  
 Total Credit Hours:30
Please Note:

*Master’s Capstone Project Included

The courses for this program may be offered in a different order. This list should not be considered the finalized course sequence.