MAs in Special Education

Compare 24 Masters of Arts in Special Education

Special Education

With a Master of Arts degree there are greater opportunities for employment and also the possibility of a higher earning potential for graduates. Individuals who earn their master’s degree in special education can make a difference in the lives of others while also gaining important academic and leadership skills.

Prospective students may be asking, what is an MA in Special Education? This advanced degree program prepares graduates to enter the classroom of disabled or challenged students and create the creative learning environments that these students need. In specially designed courses, students are taught how to handle the different situations and the unique learning challenges that are found in a special education classroom.

Receiving your master’s degree in special education is beneficial not just for graduates, but for the students they will work with as well, as better educated teachers can deliver a better education. Learning appropriate teaching methodology, behavioral intervention skills, and how to implement alternative learning strategies all makes for an improved, more knowledgeable individual upon graduation.

Earning an MA in Special Education can be expensive, but the cost of tuition, fees, and other expenses varies from school to school. Students may be eligible for scholarships, grants, or other financial aid opportunities from their chosen school that can help diminish the cost of this advanced degree. 

With an MA in Special Education, many graduates become special education teachers in public or private schools, applying their unique skill set directly within the classroom. This advanced degree can also be a perfect fit for educational video game designers, as they are well acquainted with the needs and challenges of these diverse students. Other graduates may find employment in government organizations, as local program directors, or as curriculum specialists.

If you are interested in working with students in a challenging learning environment, earning your MA in Special Education online can be a great choice. Search for your program below and contact directly the admission office of the school of your choice by filling in the lead form.

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Master Special and Additional Learning Needs

Institute of Child Education and Psychology
Online Part time 2 - 6 years September 2018 Ireland Kildare

This exciting new course, which is delivered online, is a collaboration between the University of East London and the Institute of Child Education and Psychology Europe (ICEP). [+]

Course summary

This exciting course, which is delivered online, is a collaboration between the University of East London and the Institute of Child Education and Psychology Europe (ICEP Europe). Underpinned by the latest research in special education, the course builds on participants’ existing skills and competencies. The aim is to enhance the quality of education for children and young people with special and additional learning needs in settings worldwide. The course has an international flavor, drawing students from countries such as Australia, Hong Kong, Kuwait, UAE, Ireland, Canada and New Zealand. It does not just focus on the UK but also looks at how policy is implemented around the world. One of the most exciting aspects of this course is that knowledge is co-constructed through the online discussion boards. As a student you will share your experiences and knowledge about policy and practice in your own context, leading to a richer understanding of global issues in special and additional learning needs for all participants. Successful completion of this Masters programme, leads to the award MA Special and Additional Learning Needs from the University of East London.... [-]


MA Education: Special Educational Needs & Disabilities

Mediterranean College, Athens
Campus Part time 3 years October 2018 Greece Thessaloniki Athens + 1 more

The aim of this programme is to assist graduates of different disciplines to pursue a career in Education, with a Special Needs focus, while offering an accredited Master’s degree. At the same time, this course is relevant to those who seek formal teaching positions in Special Education, as it meets the Greek Government’s requirements for Special Education postgraduate courses. Its flexible structure combined with the block, weekend delivery makes the MA Education an ideal choice for working professionals in Thessaloniki and the wider region. [+]

25% Tuition fee discount if paid by 30th April 2018 + 5% Extra discount for 2 payment instalments

The University of Derby ranks No16 in the UK for Education studies (Guardian 2017). Professionally equivalent to Master’s Degrees from Greek State Universities (accepted by A.S.E.P.). Meets the Greek Government requirements for Special Education master’s courses. Serves as a recognised Teacher’s Qualification for non-Education graduates (e.g. mathematicians, musicians, etc). Teaching & learning directed to professionals (classes twice per month, extensive electronic resources, written course-work, and content adaptable to the professional interests of students). Highly interactive and experiential learning, by participants from different areas of Education. Special tuition subsidies for Teachers. The School of Education is a sponsor of the European Dyslexia Association. ... [-]

MA in Special Education Needs and Inclusive Education

Manchester Metropolitan University
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 3 years September 2018 United Kingdom Manchester + 1 more

This award provides the opportunity to engage with theoretical perspectives and research in the field of inclusion and disability, both nationally and globally. The programme is relevant to both the UK and international applicants and starts from the premise that terms, such as inclusion, disability and special needs are contestable. [+]

Overview

This award provides the opportunity to engage with theoretical perspectives and research in the field of inclusion and disability, both nationally and globally. The programme is relevant to both UK and *international applicants and starts from the premise that terms, such as inclusion, disability and special needs are contestable.

You are encouraged to critically engage in those social, political and global debates relating to the education of marginalised groups of children and young people.

The question of how can education promote greater equity in an increasingly diverse society is central to the award. In this way, the MA provides outstanding professional development for those working in education, enabling them to deepen their understanding of how to develop a more inclusive practice within their own professional setting or country context.... [-]


MA In Autism Spectrum Disorders

Grand Canyon University
Online Campus Full time Part time September 2018 USA Phoenix Albuquerque Sun City Scottsdale + 4 more

The Master of Arts in Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), offered by Grand Canyon University's College of Education, provides an intense analysis of brain-based learning and skill improvement. [+]

Advanced Program For Continuing Professional Education

Offered By: College of Education

Overview

Focus on Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD)

With the prevalence of autism spectrum disorders continuing to rise, it is imperative to adopt a deepened knowledge of neurological development and applied behavior analysis. The Master of Arts in Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), offered by Grand Canyon University's College of Education, provides an intense analysis of brain-based learning and skill improvement. Through a combination of application, theory and research, licensed special educators prepare to meet the demands of teaching and master techniques that improve ASD student outcomes.... [-]


MA In Gifted Education

Grand Canyon University
Online Campus Full time Part time September 2018 USA Phoenix Albuquerque Sun City Scottsdale + 4 more

With Grand Canyon University's (GCU) Master of Arts (MA) in Gifted Education degree, you can learn innovative ways to teach gifted students and help them realize their potential. [+]

Advanced Program For Continuing Professional Education

Offered By: College of Education

Overview

Teach Gifted and Exceptional Learners

With Grand Canyon University's (GCU) Master of Arts (MA) in Gifted Education degree, you can learn innovative ways to teach gifted students and help them realize their potential. Offered by GCU's College of Education, this master's in gifted education program helps you develop ethical instructional practices and explore the formation of gifted education programs.

The masters in gifted education online degree program reviews current methods used to identify, teach and nurture gifted children academically, mentally and emotionally. Observation and practice opportunities throughout graduate coursework allow you to gain hands-on experience and evaluate researched concepts in P-12 classrooms. This master's in gifted education degree aligns with National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) and the Interstate Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (InTASC) standards and can prepare licensed teachers for gifted endorsement.... [-]


Master in Special Education

University of San Francisco - School of Education
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2018 USA San Francisco + 1 more

The Special Education Master’s and Mild/Moderate Education Specialist Credential Program is designed to prepare interns for special education careers in diverse, multicultural, urban schools. [+]

The Special Education Master’s and Mild/Moderate Education Specialist Credential Program is designed to prepare interns for special education careers in diverse, multicultural, urban schools.

The program offers two pathways. One for candidates who already hold a teaching credential and one for those who are new to the profession. Both of the program pathways include working as paid intern teachers in Bay Area schools. This program can also include the Bilingual Authorization.

Program Details

The Special Education master's program culminates in a Master of Arts in Special Education with Mild/Moderate Education Specialist Preliminary Credential.

Program Features Instruction and assignments are aligned to job demands, connecting theory and research to practice. Highly qualified instructors have extensive experience in diverse, multicultural, urban schools working with a wide range of students with disabilities. Students are members of a close-knit cohort in small, personalized classes. Students receive extensive supervision and mentoring, on the job and in class, providing the support interns need to meet job, program, and state requirements. Our intern teachers learn practical skills that they can apply the next day in their K-12 classrooms. USF helps find placement for our students in the paid internship positions. PROGRAM DELIVERY Students attend an intensive summer program, from the beginning of June through mid-July, to prepare for their first teaching assignments. Students attend class in addition to working full-time as a paid special education intern teacher. Fall and spring classes are one night per week, on Wednesdays. Intern Teaching Seminar courses meet a few Thursdays... [-]

Master of Arts (MA) in Special Education, LBS1

Concordia University Chicago
Online Campus Full time Part time 12 - 24 months August 2018 USA Chicago River Forest + 3 more

The master of arts degree in special education is designed for the licensed educator who desires to become an accomplished special education teacher as well as earn an LBS1 endorsement. This program is designed to provide teachers interested in special education the knowledge and skills to work in a continuum of special education services (e.g., self-contained through inclusive). Graduates will be prepared to demonstrate competency and proficiency as a special education teacher regarding Individualized General Curriculum and Individualized Independence Curriculum (CEC, 2015). Emphasis on methods, assistive technology, and assessment for the following learners with disabilities' access needs includes: learning disabilities, social/emotional disabilities (internationally known as, and otherwise known as, emotional/behavioral disorders), intellectual disabilities (internationally known and formerly known as, mental retardation), physical disabilities, autism spectrum, multiple disabilities, other health impairment, and traumatic brain injury. This program provides an LBS1 endorsement that matches the grade level on the student’s existing Professional Educator’s License (PEL). [+]

The Master of Arts Degree in Special Education is designed for the licensed educator who desires to become an accomplished special education teacher as well as earn an Illinois* LBS1 endorsement. This program is designed to provide teachers interested in special education the knowledge and skills to work in a continuum of special education services (e.g., self-contained through inclusive). Graduates will be prepared to demonstrate competency and proficiency as a special education teacher regarding Individualized General Curriculum and Individualized Independence Curriculum (CEC, 2015). Emphasis on methods, assistive technology, and assessment for the following learners with disabilities' access needs includes: learning disabilities, social/emotional disabilities (internationally known as, and otherwise known as, emotional/behavioral disorders), intellectual disabilities (internationally known and formerly known as, mental retardation), physical disabilities, autism spectrum, multiple disabilities, other health impairment, and traumatic brain injury. This program provides an LBS1 endorsement that matches the grade level on the student’s existing Professional Educator’s License (PEL).... [-]


Master of Arts (MA) in Early Childhood Special Education

Concordia University Chicago
Online Campus Full time 24 months August 2018 USA Chicago River Forest + 2 more

Concordia University Chicago's master of arts in early childhood special education is designed for educators with an early childhood certificate/endorsement or the LBS1 (pre-kindergarten to age 21) endorsement. This program is for educators who desire to teach early childhood students with disabilities from birth to below kindergarten. It is also designed to provide qualified candidates with the necessary skills and knowledge to become an early childhood special education teacher. [+]

Concordia University Chicago's master of arts in early childhood special education is designed for educators with an early childhood certificate/endorsement or the LBS1 (pre-kindergarten to age 21) endorsement. This program is for educators who desire to teach early childhood students with disabilities from birth to below kindergarten. It is also designed to provide qualified candidates with the necessary skills and knowledge to become an early childhood special education teacher.

Learning Objectives Build and strengthen a theoretical understanding of the foundations of early childhood special education Examine issues relevant to the early intervention, least restrictive environment, appropriate educational settings, language development, and special education law and policy. Develop and utilize appropriate assessments and teaching strategies for young children with disabilities. Collaborate with all stakeholders, including parents, community, family members, and other institutions to support young children with disabilities. Conduct research to answer questions related to early childhood special education practices and successfully meet the needs of all learners. Program Requirements Early Childhood Certificate/Endorsement or LBS 1 Endorsement Hold a professional educator license Completion of 30 credit hours of coursework Curriculum ... [-]

Master of Arts (MA) in Special Education Leadership

Concordia University Chicago
Online Campus 24 months August 2018 USA Chicago River Forest + 1 more

Concordia University Chicago's Master of Arts in Special Education Leadership is designed for licensed professional educators working in the field of special education who desire to become a special education leader. [+]

Overview

Concordia University Chicago's Master of Arts in Special Education Leadership is designed for licensed professional educators working in the field of special education who desire to become a special education leader.

The Master of Arts Degree in Special Education Leadership is designed for educators with an interest in the administrative work involved in leading special education programs. This degree is designed to provide qualified candidates with the skills and knowledge necessary to engage in the practice of leadership in the field of special education.

This program will enable candidates to:

Apply an understanding of the financial and legal implications of special education programs in making critical decisions impacting students. Develop and implement a professional development plan that promotes growth in personnel. Understand the role of each stakeholder and their contribution to the special education program. Be knowledgeable about and support the use of effective teaching strategies for students with special needs. Conduct research to answer questions related to special education practices and successfully and systemically meet the needs of exceptional learners. Program Requirements Application to and acceptance into Special Education Leadership program Experience providing special education service (as a special education teacher, a speech-language pathologist, a school social worker, or school psychologist) Successful completion of 30 credit hours of coursework Areas of Study - 30 hours Special Education Law & Policy* Special Education Finance* Supervision of Programs for Children with Disabilities* Instructional Strategies for Students with Academic and Physical Disabilities* Instructional Strategies for Students with Specific Learning Disabilities and... [-]

Master of Arts in Special (Inclusive) Education

European University Cyprus
Online Campus Full time 18 months September 2018 Cyprus Nicosia + 1 more

The MA in ‘Special (Inclusive) Education’ provides students with the knowledge and skills to support the inclusion of special needs children and adults in education. The program offers insight into education policy and practice, encouraging students to consider the challenges and solutions to ensuring greater inclusion. Students gain an understanding of a range of impairments, along with the skills to meet special educational needs in mainstream institutions of learning. [+]

The MA in ‘Special (Inclusive) Education’ provides students with the knowledge and skills to support the inclusion of special needs children and adults in education. The program offers insight into education policy and practice, encouraging students to consider the challenges and solutions to ensuring greater inclusion. Students gain an understanding of a range of impairments, along with the skills to meet special educational needs in mainstream institutions of learning. Courses also include research methods, the use of technology in the inclusive classroom, and wider social issues related to disability.

Employment Opportunities

Schools, Research, Activist Organizations, Educational Consultancy.... [-]


MA Special and Inclusive Education

University of Nottingham - Faculty of Social Sciences
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2018 United Kingdom Nottingham + 1 more

This course offers a comprehensive focus on contemporary debates within special and inclusive education including local, national and international policies and approaches. [+]

Overview

This course offers a comprehensive focus on contemporary debates within special and inclusive education including local, national and international policies and approaches.

We consider the specific needs of children with learning difficulties and disabilities, communication impairments, literacy difficulties/dyslexia, autism and SEBD/ADHD to illustrate the challenges encountered in professional practice.

A critical exploration of current theory and research inform consideration of pedagogical approaches as well as the development of effective systems and structures for working with parents/carers and different agencies.

This course is suitable if you are interested in developing your knowledge and understanding of children and young people with special educational needs, working as a teacher or associated professional in mainstream education or specialised settings wishing to extend your skills and practice, an experienced professional, or new to working with children with additional needs. It provides high-quality professional development and flexibility for you to explore areas and specialisms that interest you.... [-]


MA Special and Inclusive Education (Online)

University of Nottingham - Faculty of Social Sciences
Online Part time 2 years September 2018 United Kingdom Nottingham

This online course offers a comprehensive focus on contemporary debates within special and inclusive education including local, national and international policies and approaches. [+]

Overview

This online course offers a comprehensive focus on contemporary debates within special and inclusive education including local, national and international policies and approaches.

We consider the specific needs of children with learning difficulties and disabilities, communication impairments, literacy difficulties/dyslexia, autism and SEBD/ADHD to illustrate the challenges encountered in professional practice.

A critical exploration of current theory and research inform consideration of pedagogical approaches as well as the development of effective systems and structures for working with parents/carers and different agencies.

This course is suitable if you are interested in developing your knowledge and understanding of children and young people with special educational needs, working as a teacher or associated professional in mainstream education or specialized settings wishing to extend your skills and practice, an experienced professional, or new to working with children with additional needs. It provides high-quality professional development and flexibility for you to explore areas and specialisms that interest you.... [-]


Master of Arts in Special Education

Saint Mary's University of Minnesota Online
Online Full time Open Enrollment USA Winona

Build a rewarding career helping students with exceptionalities excel in the classroom and society. Saint Mary's University of Minnesota's online Master of Arts in Special Education helps you develop an inclusive teaching approach that removes learning barriers so students can reach their full potential. [+]

With an online Special Education master’s degree from Saint Mary’s, you’ll develop an inclusive teaching approach that goes further to help students achieve their full potential. Explore ways to remove barriers for students with special needs and learn how to develop an Individualized Education Program to support them. Also, learn how to more effectively customize your instruction to meet students at their skill level.

This online master’s degree in special education prepares you to work with learners who receive special education services for specific learning disabilities, children on the autism spectrum, and/or those with emotional or behavioral disorders.

If you would like to learn more about Saint Mary's online Master's in Special Education degree program, complete the form to request more information. ... [-]


Online Master of Arts (MA) in Special Education Leadership

Concordia University Chicago - Online Degree Programs
Online Campus Full time 24 months August 2018 USA River Forest + 1 more

Concordia University Chicago's Master of Arts in Special Education Leadership is designed for licensed professional educators working in the field of special education who desire to become a special education leader. [+]

MA, Special Education Leadership

Concordia University Chicago's Master of Arts in Special Education Leadership is designed for licensed professional educators working in the field of special education who desire to become a special education leader.

The Master of Arts Degree in Special Education Leadership is designed for educators with an interest in the administrative work involved in leading special education programs. This degree is designed to provide qualified candidates with the skills and knowledge necessary to engage in the practice of leadership in the field of special education.

This program will enable candidates to:

Apply an understanding of the financial and legal implications of special education programs in making critical decisions impacting students. Develop and implement a professional development plan that promotes growth in personnel. Understand the role of each stakeholder and their contribution to the special education program. Be knowledgeable about and support the use of effective teaching strategies for students with special needs. Conduct research to answer questions related to special education practices and successfully and systemically meet the needs of exceptional learners. Program Requirements Application to and acceptance into Special Education Leadership program Experience providing special education service (as a special education teacher, a speech-language pathologist, a school social worker, or school psychologist) Successful completion of 30 credit hours of coursework Areas of Study - 30 hours Special Education Law & Policy* Special Education Finance* Supervision of Programs for Children with Disabilities* Instructional Strategies for Students with Academic and Physical Disabilities* Instructional Strategies for Students with Specific... [-]

Online Master of Arts (MA) in Special Education, LBS1

Concordia University Chicago - Online Degree Programs
Online Campus Full time 12 - 24 months August 2018 USA River Forest + 1 more

The Master of Arts Degree in Special Education is designed for the licensed educator who desires to become an accomplished special education teacher as well as earn an Illinois* LBS1 endorsement. This program is designed to provide teachers interested in special education the knowledge and skills to work in a continuum of special education services (e.g., self-contained through inclusive). [+]

MA, Special Education, LBS1

The Master of Arts Degree in Special Education is designed for the licensed educator who desires to become an accomplished special education teacher as well as earn an Illinois* LBS1 endorsement. This program is designed to provide teachers interested in special education the knowledge and skills to work in a continuum of special education services (e.g., self-contained through inclusive). Graduates will be prepared to demonstrate competency and proficiency as a special education teacher regarding Individualized General Curriculum and Individualized Independence Curriculum (CEC, 2015). Emphasis on methods, assistive technology, and assessment for the following learners with disabilities' access needs includes: learning disabilities, social/emotional disabilities (internationally known as, and otherwise known as, emotional/behavioral disorders), intellectual disabilities (internationally known and formerly known as, mental retardation), physical disabilities, autism spectrum, multiple disabilities, other health impairment, and traumatic brain injury. This program provides an LBS1 endorsement that matches the grade level on the student’s existing Illinois* Professional Educator’s License (PEL).... [-]