Master of Education in Special Education

This program is for current PreK-12 special education teachers who want to expand their knowledge and earn a master’s degree. It is a 34-hour program designed to provide an in-depth study of research-based methods to support students with exceptionalities in current educational settings.

Program Details:

  • Total tuition under $8,000*
  • 34 semester credits
  • Small class sizes to ensure personalized attention
  • High-quality instruction from veteran teachers
  • 100% online, 24/7 access

Focus of Study – Nine of your semester credits will be spent specializing in a focus area of your choice.

  • Differentiated Instruction
  • Early Childhood Education
  • General Special Education
You also have the option of customizing this program by selecting a General Track and choosing the three courses that best fit your needs.

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Next Term Starts January 6, 2020


Key Features

  • Flexible: Study on your schedule. Our online format allows you to plan your coursework around your life.
  • Customizable: Follow the path that fits you and your goals. Choose a three-course concentration in differentiated instruction, early childhood education or general special education.
  • Endorsement Options: Two Focus of Study options—Early Childhood Education and General Special Education (if ED5403 & SPED5063 are selected)—include courses approved for endorsement in Illinois. This unique option allows you to earn a degree while working toward an endorsement at the same time.
  • Applicable: Use what you learn. Students will gain valuable instruction in diagnosing learning disabilities, developing individual education plans, teaching and supervising special education students, special education counseling, and applicable laws and policies.
  • Coursework: The coursework is designed to provide you with evidence-based methods to develop curriculum, design learning environments, and enhance instructional strategies and guidance techniques to support the diverse learning needs of students. You will also learn how to build and maintain communicative, collaborative partnerships among the school, colleagues, family and community to support students who are exceptional learners.