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Master of Education with a specialization in Special Education

Northcentral University's Master of Education program with a specialization in Special Education is designed for current or aspiring educators who wish to pursue leadership roles working with children coping with learning and other disabilities. Read on to find out more about this master's degree program.

Official Program Name:

Master of Education with a specialization in Special Education

School Offering Program:

Northcentral University

Degree Level:

Master's

Program Prerequisites:

Appropriate candidates for the Master of Education program with a specialization in Special Education may be licensed teachers and have classroom experience in a public or private school. If you are interested in applying to any of Northcentral University's online graduate programs, you should have already completed a bachelor's degree; some programs may have additional requirements.

Program Description:

As a student in Northcentral University's Master of Education program with a specialization in Special Education, you will have the opportunity to study various methods and strategies for teaching, assessing, and developing content for exceptional students. In specialization courses, you have the opportunity to select from courses addressing special education teaching strateies, evaluation testing methods, special education teacher roles, classroom behavior management, and transitional strategies. You can also study techniques for teaching students with emotional, behavioral, mental, language development, and speech disorders. Topics you'll likely address in core courses include current trends in teaching and learning, school / community relations, educational policies, and effective school development. An extensive research project on a relevant issue in education is also required.

Learning Format:

Online

Program Length:

30 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 a Master of Education 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.

Master of Education Foundation Courses (15 credits)

  • EDU 5000: Foundations for Graduate Study in Education
  • ED 5022: Educational Policies and Practices
  • ED 5001: Contemporary Issues in Education
  • ED 5034: School Community Relations
  • ED 5023: Multicultural Relationships in Educational Organizations

Special Education Specialization Courses (12 credits)

Select 4 of the following courses:

  • SE 5000: Introduction to Students with Disabilities
  • SE 5001: Assessment in Special Education
  • SE 5002: Instructing Students with Specific Learning Disabilities
  • SE 5003: Instructing Students with Emotional and/or Behavioral Disorders
  • SE 5004: Instructing Students with Intellectual Disabilities
  • SE 5005: Special Education Law
  • SE 5006: Teaching Strategies in Special Education

Master of Education Capstone (3 credits)

  • ED 6003: PK-12 Specialization Action Research Capstone

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Furthering Your Education:

As a graduate of the Master of Education program with a specialization in Special Education, you might consider pursuing a doctoral degree in this area. A Doctor of Education with a specialization in Special Education could be suitable if you wish to pursue academic or administrative careers in higher education institutions. It may also be necessary if you intend to seek career opportunities in educational research.

Career Paths:

Upon graduation from Northcentral University's Master of Education program with a specialization in Special Education, you will be prepared to seek greater responsibilities in your current position or pursue advanced positions in public or private elementary, middle, or high schools. You might seek teaching opportunities in special needs education or pursue administrative positions overseeing special education program development, curriculum design, or intervention processes. Please be aware that additional licensing or certification requirements may apply to your desired career path.

Positions you may consider pursuing include, but are not limited to

  • Intervention specialist
  • Special education teacher
  • Director of special education

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