College of Education

Master of Arts in Education/Special Education

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What you'll study

Exceptional students need teachers with extraordinary skills. If you have a bachelor’s degree and want to become a special education teacher, our Master of Arts in Education/Special Education could be the program for you.

The program — designed for those with no prior teaching experience or licensure — will introduce you to methods and strategies for classroom instruction while providing a deeper understanding of working with children who are exceptional learners. This curriculum is aligned with the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) and blends academic theory with relevant coursework, field experience and student teaching to help you prepare for a career in special education.

If you’re interested in working with exceptional learners, explore the offerings and information below to see how this program can help.

Requirements and prerequisites

You will need XXX credits to complete this program, which may be earned from a combination of required and elected courses. However, required courses may vary based on previous experience, training or transferable credits. View additional requirements for licensure

There are no prerequisites for this course.

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Relevant Curriculum


Learn one course at a time through a curriculum that focuses on diagnosis and assessment of disabilities and inclusion strategies.

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Transfer prior college credits or have relevant work experience evaluated for potential credit.

Career Preparation


Learn strategies and abilities that can help you keep up with the evolving needs of exceptional learners.

Dedicated Support


Partner with dedicated staff who will help you through state licensures and other credential processes.

Assessment Preparation


Get the support and preparation you need to take the edTPA assessment.

District Partnerships


Get help with school placements for clinical work through our close partnership with hundreds of school districts nationwide.

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Core courses

Our curriculum is designed to help you prepare for the competitive job market with relevant knowledge and in-demand skills. This program may include the following courses, please check with your Enrollment Representative for more details.

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Program Student Learning Outcomes

In addition to the knowledge and skills related to the University Learning Goals, College of Education graduating students are intended to attain certain program-specific knowledge, skills and abilities. Therefore, you should be able to demonstrate the following learning outcomes by the time you complete this program.

Review the program student learning outcomes (PDF) report for the Master of Arts in Education program.

Each college or school creates a set of Program Student Learning Outcomes (PSLOs) to describe the knowledge, skills or attitudes that students will possess upon completion of the program of study.

Learning outcomes

Program Student Learning Outcomes

In addition to the knowledge and skills related to the University Learning Goals, College of Education graduating students are intended to attain certain program-specific knowledge, skills and abilities. Therefore, you should be able to demonstrate the following learning outcomes by the time you complete this program.

Review the program student learning outcomes (PDF) report for the Master of Arts in Education program.

Each college or school creates a set of Program Student Learning Outcomes (PSLOs) to describe the knowledge, skills or attitudes that students will possess upon completion of the program of study.

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We believe that students and families should be prepared financially for college and understand gainful employment opportunities before starting any program. So we want to ensure you have the information you need to make an informed choice - information like what it will cost, the skills you'll learn through your chosen program, and the types of occupations the program prepares you for. For important information about the educational debt, earnings, and completion rates of students who attended this program:

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Certification in Alabama
State authorization to provide a program related to the preparation of teachers or other P-12 school/system personnel does not indicate eligibility for an Alabama certificate. Applicants for an Alabama certificate based on reciprocity must meet Alabama’s test requirements and submit a valid, renewable professional educator certificate/license issued by another state at the degree level, grade level, and in the teaching field or area of instructional support for which an Alabama certificate is sought and for which Alabama issues a certificate. Applicants for Alabama certification in an area of administration must also document at least three years of full-time employment as an administrator in a P-12 school system(s). www.alsde.edu

Residents of the following states: Alabama, Delaware, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, New Jersey, Oregon, Puerto Rico, Texas and Utah - As an out-state-prepared candidate for initial teacher licensure, your state requires you to obtain Arizona certification first prior to seeking licensure in your home state.

Professional licensure in Iowa
A student seeking an Iowa educator license is advised that successful completion of this institution’s program(s) of educator preparation does not qualify the student for initial educator licensure by the Iowa Board of Educational Examiners. A candidate seeking licensure in the State of Iowa must first be licensed/certified as an educator in the state in which preparation was completed. For Iowa students enrolled online, this will be Arizona. This institution shall assist a candidate in: 1) contacting the appropriate licensing board in Arizona and 2) in understanding the requirements of the appropriate licensing board prior to the candidate’s completion of this institution’s program(s) of educator preparation. A candidate seeking subsequent licensure from the Iowa Board of Educational Examiners must contact that Board at 515-281-5849 or online at www.boee.iowa.gov for licensure requirements in Iowa.

Residents of the following states: Alabama, Delaware, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, New Jersey, Oregon, Puerto Rico, Texas and Utah - As an out-state-prepared candidate for initial teacher licensure, your state requires you to obtain Arizona certification first prior to seeking licensure in your home state.

Residents of the following states: Alabama, Delaware, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, New Jersey, Oregon, Puerto Rico, Texas and Utah - As an out-state-prepared candidate for initial teacher licensure, your state requires you to obtain Arizona certification first prior to seeking licensure in your home state.

Residents of the following states: Alabama, Delaware, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, New Jersey, Oregon, Puerto Rico, Texas and Utah - As an out-state-prepared candidate for initial teacher licensure, your state requires you to obtain Arizona certification first prior to seeking licensure in your home state.

Residents of the following states: Alabama, Delaware, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, New Jersey, Oregon, Puerto Rico, Texas and Utah - As an out-state-prepared candidate for initial teacher licensure, your state requires you to obtain Arizona certification first prior to seeking licensure in your home state.

Residents of the following states: Alabama, Delaware, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, New Jersey, Oregon, Puerto Rico, Texas and Utah - As an out-state-prepared candidate for initial teacher licensure, your state requires you to obtain Arizona certification first prior to seeking licensure in your home state.

Residents of the following states: Alabama, Delaware, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, New Jersey, Oregon, Puerto Rico, Texas and Utah - As an out-state-prepared candidate for initial teacher licensure, your state requires you to obtain Arizona certification first prior to seeking licensure in your home state.

Residents of the following states: Alabama, Delaware, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, New Jersey, Oregon, Puerto Rico, Texas and Utah - As an out-state-prepared candidate for initial teacher licensure, your state requires you to obtain Arizona certification first prior to seeking licensure in your home state.

Residents of the following states: Alabama, Delaware, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, New Jersey, Oregon, Puerto Rico, Texas and Utah - As an out-state-prepared candidate for initial teacher licensure, your state requires you to obtain Arizona certification first prior to seeking licensure in your home state.

Residents of the following states: Alabama, Delaware, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, New Jersey, Oregon, Puerto Rico, Texas and Utah - As an out-state-prepared candidate for initial teacher licensure, your state requires you to obtain Arizona certification first prior to seeking licensure in your home state.

Residents of the following states: Alabama, Delaware, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, New Jersey, Oregon, Puerto Rico, Texas and Utah - As an out-state-prepared candidate for initial teacher licensure, your state requires you to obtain Arizona certification first prior to seeking licensure in your home state.

This program is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), ensuring you’ll be ready to lead your classroom on day one. 

This program provides the academic preparation required in most states to sit for initial teacher certification exams.