Master - Education: Special Education

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Northcentral University's Master of Education with a specialization in Special Education program is designed to provide participants with an understanding of teaching principles for working with exceptional needs students. Learn more about this specialized M.Ed. program here.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Kind of Program Is It?

Within the Master of Education with a specialization in Special Education courses, you have the opportunity to gain an overview of both gifted and disabled student learning theories or focus on developing your knowledge of one area. Students will have the chance to examine best practices for special education curriculum creation and student assessment. In addition, courses are designed to strengthen your classroom and behavioral management, organizational problem-solving, and advocacy abilities. This program is not designed to lead to teacher licensure or certification. Students interested in certification should check their state's requirements prior to enrolling in this series.

What Are the Prerequisites?

If you are interested in applying to this program, you may already be an experienced educator looking to develop a specialization area or strengthen their existing knowledge of special education. Applicants to Northcentral University's online graduate programs should already possess a bachelor's degree.

What Are the Course Requirements?

To graduate from this program, you will be required to complete 30 credit hours. Fifteen of those credits will be from required foundational courses, 12 credits will be from specialization courses of your choice, and a final three credits from your capstone course.

Course NumberCourse Title
Required Courses
EDU 5000Foundations for Graduate Study in Education
ED 5022 Educational Policies and Practices
ED 5001Contemporary Issues in Education
ED 5034School Community Relations
ED 5023Multicultural Relationships in Educational Organizations
Specialization Courses
Select four courses from the following:
SE 5000Introduction to Students with Disabilities
SE 5001Assessment in Special Education
SE 5002Instructing Students with Specific Learning Disabilities
SE 5003Instructing Students with Emotional and/or Behavioral Disorders
SE 5004Instructing Students with Intellectual Disabilities
SE 5005Special Education Law
SE 5006Teaching Strategies in Special Education
Capstone Course
ED 6003 PK-12 Specialization Action Research Capstone

What Could I Do After Graduation?

Career Opportunities

Upon earning a Master of Education with a specialization in Special Education degree, you may be able to seek increased responsibilities in your current place of employment. In addition, opportunities could be sought with K-12 schools, colleges, community education agencies, or family service departments.

This Northcentral University M.Ed. program could prepare you to pursue roles as:

  • Exceptional needs educators
  • Special education lead teachers
  • Educational programs coordinators
  • College education professors