Online Master of Education in Special Education

Do you want to become a K-12 special education teacher? Further your knowledge in mild/moderate disabilities special education for children in those grades with this Master of Education in special education online program.

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Quick facts

Next start date:

Next start date: 08/22/2024


Total classes:

Total classes: 16

Weeks per class:

Weeks per class: 7.5

Total credit hours:

Total credit hours: 31

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Why earn a master’s in special education?

No matter where K-12 students are located, they need access to high-quality, well-prepared educators. This is especially true for students with special learning needs. As such, aspiring educators can earn a special education master’s degree from a top-ranked college of education at Arizona State University.

This master’s in special education online program connects theory and practice through quality instruction. You'll embed your knowledge throughout the program and be empowered to engage in research through coursework. The program culminates with an action research applied project in which you’ll research, implement and measure the effectiveness of an intervention to solve a problem of practice in K-12 classrooms.

What specialized skills will I earn in this master’s in special education?

Specialized skills you’ll learn in this master's in special education online program include:

  • Advocacy.
  • Classroom management.
  • Collaboration/teaming.
  • Critical thinking.
  • Data literacy.
  • Inclusive teaching practices.
  • Learning design.
  • Principled innovation
  • Technology infusion.
  • Teacher leadership.

Will I become a special education teacher with this degree?

This degree gives you the opportunity to become a non-certified educator who works with children with diverse learning needs in grades K-12.

Please note: This program does not lead to teacher certification. For those seeking certification, ASU Online does offer a MEd in special education – teacher certification.

Professional licensure and certification

This degree program does not lead to teacher certification; students will not receive an institutional recommendation. Students interested in certification should pursue this degree with the teacher certification concentration.

Will my diploma say ‘online’?

No, Arizona State University’s diplomas don’t specify whether you earn your degree online or in person. All diplomas and transcripts simply say “Arizona State University.”

Master’s in special education classes

You’ll take a variety of courses to prepare you for educating children with diverse needs, including the three-part educator scholar community. This series of courses runs throughout the program so you can enhance your teaching strategies with new skills and abilities in your areas of interest as an educator. You’ll also complete a final applied research project in which you’ll have the opportunity to evaluate and identify an education challenge and design an intervention within the classroom.


Required

Applied Project


Required

Instructional Methods for Language and Literacy


Required

Creating Equitable Learning Environment: Decision-Making and Action


Required

Cultivating Networks of Culturally Responsive Relationships among Families, Communities and Cultures


Required

Instructional Design, Planning and Assessment


Required

Integrated Humanities Methods and Assessment


Required

K-8 Mathematics Methods and Assessment


Required

Research and Evaluation in Education


What can I do with a masters in special education?

This graduate degree will prepare you for roles that do not require certification in K-12 special education, such as:

Educator in non-school settings

Instructional assistant

Teacher aid

Teacher assistant

Tutor

Youth development specialist

Youth director

Learn from professional educators

The faculty of Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College draws from a range of academic disciplines – including cognitive science, psychology and economics – to gain insight into important questions about the process of learning, the practice of teaching and the effects of education policy. The faculty is committed to connecting research to schools and other learning environments. Our teacher and leadership preparation programs combine scholarly rigor with practical application.

Learn from professional educators

The faculty of Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College draws from a range of academic disciplines – including cognitive science, psychology and economics – to gain insight into important questions about the process of learning, the practice of teaching and the effects of education policy. The faculty is committed to connecting research to schools and other learning environments. Our teacher and leadership preparation programs combine scholarly rigor with practical application.

How to apply

Applicants must fulfill the requirements of both the Graduate College and the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College.

Please note: This program has an earlier application deadline than other online degrees offered by Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College.

Application requirements

Additional application information

Learn at one of the best schools in teaching and education

Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College brings people and ideas together to increase the capabilities of individual educators and the performance of education systems. According to U.S. News & World Report, Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College is the only U.S. college of education to rank in the top 15 in both on-campus and online graduate education degrees.

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Tuition calculator

Use our calculator to estimate your full-time or part-time tuition fees for this program prior to any financial aid. Keep in mind that most of our students receive financial aid, which can reduce out-of-pocket costs. Learn more.

Tuition calculator

Use our calculator to estimate your full-time or part-time tuition fees for this program prior to any financial aid. Keep in mind that most of our students receive financial aid, which can reduce out-of-pocket costs. Learn more.

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