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.

Official Program Name:

Master of Education with a specialization in Special Education

School Offering Program:

Northcentral University

Program Prerequisites:

Individuals interested in this program may be experienced educators 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.

Program Description:

Within the Master of Education with a specialization in Special Education series, students have the opportunity to gain an overview of both gifted and disabled student learning theories or focus on developing their 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 participants' 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.

Learning Format:

Online

Total Credits Required:

30 credits.

Financial Aid Available:

Financial aid is available to qualifying students. Graduate students may apply for Federal Stafford Loan or the Federal Graduate PLUS Loan. Military personnel and veterans may qualify for special assistance or tuition reduction.

Required Courses for a Master of Education with a Specialization in Special Education:

Special Education Courses (12 credits)

  • Students choose four courses from the following list:
    • SE 5000: Introduction to Special Education
    • SE 5001: Exceptional Student Assessment
    • SE 5002: Characteristics of Learning Disabled Students
    • SE 5003: Characteristics of Emotionally Disabled Students
    • SE 5004: Teaching Methods for the Mentally Disabled
    • SE 5005: Special Education Law
    • SE 5006: Teaching Strategies for Learning Disabled and Behavioral Disorders
    • SE 5007: Exceptional Student Management
    • SE 5008: Language Disabilities
    • SE 5009: Transition Programs for Exceptional Students

Required Courses (18 credits)

  • EDU 5000: Foundations for Graduate Study
  • ED 5022: Educational Policy and Practice
  • ED 5001: Contemporary Issues in Education
  • ED 5034: School and Community Relations
  • ED 5023: Multicultural Relationships in Educational Organizations
  • ED 6002: Educational Research Capstone

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Furthering Your Education:

Individuals who graduate from Northcentral University's Master of Education with a specialization in Special Education program could choose to continue their training. Participating in an advanced degree program could provide students with an educational background helpful to undertaking additional workplace duties or pursuing a wider variety of career options.

Relevant doctoral degrees that graduates could pursue include, but are not limited to:

  • Doctor of Education with a specialization in Special Education
  • Doctor of Education with a specialization in Educational Leadership
  • Doctor of Education with a specialization in Instructional Leadership
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Education with a specialization in Special Education
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Education with a specialization in Early Childhood Education

Career Paths:

Upon earning a Master of Education with a specialization in Special Education degree, graduates may be able to seek increased responsibilities in their 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 participants to pursue roles as:

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