Master's Degrees

Special Education

This online-only degree program prepares you for the challenges of special education in the diverse and changing landscapes of today's classroom. Courses are centered on research and teaching methods that are proven to be effective in preparing individuals to address high-incidence disabilities (mild intervention).

Program Format

Field-Based Experiences with Mentor Teacher

This program incorporates an ongoing field based experience so students may practice skills in real life settings. Finding a mentor and affiliating with this person throughout the program is a cornerstone of its design. Courses are designed to be completed in a practicum setting with the support of an experienced teacher. Students will spend the first semester of the program finding a mentor and practicum site. Many teachers working towards certification already teach children with disabilities on an emergency license. Teachers already in a teaching assignment may use their current classroom as a practicum site and identify a mentor in this setting.


Seminar activities are focused on building a community of learners and the opportunity to reflect critically around teaching with fellow colleagues.


Students choose a specialty track consisting of four online courses. Specialty track courses may be combined to individualize a program or taken as a single track. Presently, courses are offered in the areas of autism, behavior specialists, early childhood, instructional strategies, and intense interventions. One out of the four courses chosen must be from outside the special education department.

Capstone Project or Thesis

All students pursuing a Masters in special education will complete a capstone or thesis project. Students must successfully complete at least 30 credit hours, including a research course and research seminar before enrolling.

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