Education: M.S. in Special Education

Special Education

Special Education is a high-demand area of education that uses specialized instructional methods, materials, learning aids, and equipment to meet the educational needs of children with special needs.
Do you have an interest in working with children with special needs?
Would you like to better understand these students?

The Special Education program is fully online (with just a school-based internship) to accommodate this specialized training for teachers within your daily schedule.

If you do not currently hold teacher certification, you can become certified to teach Special Education with our program for initial certification. It is described at M.A.T. Special Education certification.

Master of Science in Special Education

 (With certification in Special Education Pk-12, building on a previous certification not in special education)

30 semester hours

The following course sequence is suggested, but your individual academic preparation and professional experiences may permit variations. The assumption is that candidates seeking this degree already have core education courses including math and reading methods. Candidates not meeting this requirement may be required to take additional coursework.

I. Concentration

SPED 500

Special Education Law and Service Delivery


RED 530

Reading Disabilities and Diagnosis


SPED 536

Cognitive Assessment and Remediation


SPED 523

Programming for the At-Risk Infant/Preschool Child


SPED 522

Career Education for Students with Disabilities 


RED 533

Remedial Techniques


SPED 520

Universal Design for Learning


SPED 519



II. Professional Education and Core Courses

EDUC 501

Research Theory


EDUC 554

Learning Theories


SPED 555

Professional Contribution