Masters - Education: Special Education

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Ashford University's Master of Arts in Education - Special Education specialization program is intended to provide training that can allow you to move into high-level education and school administration positions, including staff roles responsible for providing quality instruction to students with learning challenges. Continue reading to learn more about Ashford University's Master of Arts in Education - Special Education specialization.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Kind of Program Is It?

Ashford University's Master of Arts in Education - Special Education specialization program is designed to help you develop expertise and skills that could allow you to pursue advanced instructional and school leadership positions in learning institutions. Core classes are designed to familiarize you with important concepts in many key areas of education, including curriculum design, instructional delivery methods, pedagogical theories, and assessment strategies. Concentrated coursework in special education provides the opportunity to comprehensively examine classroom teaching and behavior management strategies appropriate for students with learning challenges. Classes in education leadership are intended to equip you with specialized knowledge that could allow you to pursue administration positions.

How Can I Prepare?

A bachelor's degree is required to enroll in Ashford University's Master of Arts in Education - Special Education specialization program. Many individuals enrolling in the program also have experience working in schools or other instructional settings. Some programs may have additional requirements.

What Are the Course Requirements?

The Master of Arts in Education - Special Education specialization consists of 36 credits: 24 core units and 12 specialization units.

Master of Arts in Education - Special Education Specialization Requirements

Course Number Course Title
Core Courses
EDU 645 Learning & Assessment for the 21st Century
EDU 620 Meeting Individual Student Needs with Technology
EDU 639 Human Relationships & Learning in the Multicultural Environment
EDU 673 Instructional Strategies for Differentiated Teaching & Learning
EDU 677 Characteristics of Students with Mild & Moderate Disabilities & Evidenced-Based Strategies for Instruction
EDU 695 Master of Arts in Education Capstone
Special Education Specialization Courses
ESE 631 Survey of the Exceptional Child
ESE 695 Characteristics of Students with Mild & Moderate Disabilities
ESE 691 Behavior Management in the Classroom
ESE 633 Collaborative Relationships & Transition

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If you want to become a classroom teacher, contact your state's education authorities prior to enrolling at Ashford to determine what state-specific requirements you must complete before obtaining your teacher's license. Ashford graduates will be subject to additional requirements on a state-by-state basis that will include one or more of the following: student teaching or practicum experience, additional coursework, additional testing, or, if the state requires a specific type of degree to seek alternative certification, earning an additional degree. None of Ashford's online education programs are CAEP*, TEAC or NCATE accredited, which is a requirement for certification in some states. Other factors, such as a student's criminal history, may prevent an applicant from obtaining licensure or employment in this field of study.

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What Can I Do After I Graduate?

Career Opportunities

Completing Ashford University's Master of Arts in Education - Special Education specialization program could make you eligible to pursue advanced instructional and leadership positions within schools and other learning environments. Having completed a concentration of classes in special education could make you especially qualified for supervisory roles in settings designated to accommodate students with learning disabilities and other academic or behavioral challenges.

Positions that you may be eligible to apply for include:

  • Program Director
  • Dean of Students
  • School Board Member
  • Educational Consultant
  • Education Policy Analyst