Northcentral University

Education Specialist with a specialization in Special Education

Northcentral University's Education Specialist program with a specialization in Special Education is designed to give teaching professionals the opportunity to further prepare for evaluation and management of the educational growth of disabled, learning-impaired, and intellectually gifted students. Continue reading to learn more about this post-master's program.

Official Program Name:

Education Specialist with a specialization in Special Education

School Offering Program:

Northcentral University

Degree Level:

Education Specialist

Program Prerequisites:

To be a qualified candidate for this program, you must have a teaching license and a master's degree. You should be capable of working in conjunction with other special education professionals, such as speech pathologists or physical therapists. Strong professional communication skills and leadership capabilities are essential. Applicants to Northcentral University's online post-master's programs must already possess a master's degree; some programs may have additional requirements.

Program Description:

Special education students may have different academic needs based on varying degrees of physical, learning, mental, or emotional disabilities. Other students may be dyslexic but also gifted learners who require special programs that nurture their talents. If you are accepted to the Northcentral University Education Specialist program with a specialization in Special Education, you will gain the skills necessary to help such children in elementary, middle, or high school settings. You will be exposed to opportunities to learn about topics such as proper student placement and classroom discipline. While enrolled, you will research best practices for disabled and special education students in order to ensure that they receive appropriate instruction. You'll also explore procedures relating to manifestation determination meetings and due process hearings. If you take the time to effectively learn the theories and practical applications of special education, you'll have the opportunity to pursue positions as a supervisor or practitioner of special education students.

Learning Format:


Program Length:

33 credits

Financial Aid:

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.

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Required Courses for the Education Specialist program with a specialization in Special Education:

Program and course requirements are subject to change. Please contact Northcentral University to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

Education Specialist Required Courses (15 credits)

  • EDU 8000: Foundations for Graduate Study in Education
  • EDU 8001: Advanced Scholarly Writing
  • EDR 8203: Research Methods
  • Students choose one:
    • EDR 8204: Advanced Qualitative Design and Measurement
    • EDR 8205: Advanced Quantitative Design and Measurement
  • ED 7053: Education Specialist Capstone Project

Specialization Courses (18 credits)

Students select six of the following courses:

  • SE 7000: Introduction to the Exceptional Student
  • SE 7001: Assessment in Special Education
  • SE 7002: Characteristics of Student with Specific Learning Disabilities
  • SE 7003: Characteristics of Students with Emotional and/or Behavioral Disorders
  • SE 7004: Characteristics of Students with Intellectual Disabilities
  • SE 7005: Law in Special Education
  • SE 7006: Teaching Strategies in Special Education

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Furthering Your Education:

Upon completion of the Education Specialist program with a specialization in International Education, you may want to advance beyond classroom teaching and administration. In order to prepare for positions of greater responsibility, you may want to continue the study of special education theoretical models in doctoral degree programs. Two appropriate doctoral degree options are:

  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Special Education
  • Doctor of Education in Special Education

Career Paths:

Through completion of the Education Specialist program with a specialization in International Education, you may have developed a practical understanding of special education instructional strategies. Professionals who complete the advanced coursework of the Education Specialist with a specialization in Special Education program might go on to pursue career opportunities such as:

  • K-12 special education teacher
  • School district administrators of special education program
  • Special education curriculum specialist

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