Special Education teacher with working with two students

Special Education, M.Ed.

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Special Lives, Applied Education

Through coursework and practicum experiences, you will learn to teach students with special needs. Undergraduates can earn dual certification and both a bachelor’s degree in elementary or secondary education and a master’s degree in special education in as few as five years; experienced special education professionals can expand their knowledge in the field with an master's students with a bachelor’s degree who are new to the field can earn a master's and become certified to teach special education. 

Fast Facts

  • The Special Education program offers a Master's with 4 different tracks.
  • Program has received national accreditation from the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education and is a state approved program.
  • Become involved in community-based programs.
  • Network with professionals in special education and other disciplines.

  • Special Education Teacher
  • Trainer or professionals who work with special needs
  • Administrator


Potential salaries are based
upon national averages.
Job Placement The demand for special education teachers remains at a high level with nearly 100% of students seeking special education positions being hired.
Degree Roadmap Students that wish to pursue their M.S. in Special Education have 4 options.  Click here to see the options. 

Special Education Program Handbook
Degree Prep A graduate degree in special education is ideal for people who have compassion and a desire to help those with special needs. A graduate degree places the student in leadership and decision-making roles. An undergraduate degree in education or a similar field is required for the special education program.
Scholarships Visit the Financial Aid office for available scholarships.
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Hands-On Learning Students in the special education program have many opportunities for hands-on training in the Center on Disabilities and Human Development. With about 20 students enrolled in the program each year, students form strong interpersonal bonds with faculty and with one another.

You will also have opportunities to participate in interdepartmental studies, become involved in community-based programs and network with professionals in special education and other disciplines.
Internships Upon completion of your course work, you will be required to take certification exams by the state in which you will work. You also will complete a one semester internship experience in a classroom environment, where you will learn alongside experienced teachers. You also will receive personal mentorship from our leading education faculty. Learn more about semester internships.