Online Master of Education in Special Education – Teacher Certification
Are you looking to become a certified K-12 special education teacher? If so, Arizona State University’s Master of Education in special education – teacher certification may be perfect for you. This program connects theory and practice through quality instruction, preparing you for an in-demand role as a teacher for K-12 students.
Next start date: 01/08/2024
Total classes: 21
Weeks per class: 7.5
Total credit hours: 41
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What is a special education teacher certification?
No matter where K-12 students are located, they need access to high-quality, well-prepared teachers. This is especially true for students with special learning needs. This master's degree enables aspiring educators to become certified K-12 special education teachers.
Additionally, this program provides you with the opportunity to pursue a K-12 mild/moderate disabilities special education certification, as well as dual certification in special education and elementary education.
Who is the ideal candidate for a special education teacher certification?
This program is ideal for students with a bachelor’s degree looking to further their knowledge in special education for grades K-12. With two available tracks, this program may benefit those employed as emergency-certified teachers, paraprofessionals, after-school program aides or other personnel working with children, as well as non-education professionals looking to change careers.
This program offers two routes for certification:
Special education teacher certification courses
The special education curriculum combines coursework aligned with teacher certification requirements with professional experiences in K-12 classroom settings. You'll take a range of core and elective courses for a total of 41 credit hours, or up to 47 credit hours if you pursue dual certification in special education and elementary education. You’ll also complete an applied research project that allows you to identify an education challenge and design an intervention. Courses may include:
Creating Equitable Learning Environment: Decision-Making and Action
Educator Scholar Community III
Instructional Design, Planning and Assessment
Research and Evaluation in Education
Cultivating Networks of Culturally Responsive Relationships Among Families, Communities and Cultures
Educator Scholar Community I
Educator Scholar Community II
Instruction and Assessment for Learners with Exceptionalities I
What jobs will I get with a special education teacher certification?
This program prepares you to start a career as a certified K-12 special education teacher. The successful completion of this program can lead to a variety of educational careers, such as:
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.
Study at one of the top colleges for 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. The college consistently ranks among the top graduate schools for education in the U.S. according to U.S. News & World Report.
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