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MA in Education - Special Education

Ashford University's Master of Arts in Education with a specialization in special education program is designed to prepare enrolled students for careers as early childhood educators, teachers, and administrators. Read more about the Master of Arts in Education with a specialization in special education here.

Official Program Name:

Master of Arts in Education with a specialization in special education

School Offering Program:

Ashford University

Degree Level:

Master

Program Prerequisites:

Applicants must have an accredited Bachelor's degree with a minimum 2.0 GPA and must fulfill the English Language Requirement.

Program Description:

Open up education to all students. Select the special education specialization for your Master of Arts in Education degree to support the needs of exceptional students in school programs.

The special education specialization allows you to respond to students' diverse abilities and styles as you provide equitable learning. You will learn classroom management, as well as how to identify disabilities and special abilities.

Learning Format:

Online

Program Length:

36 credits.

Financial Aid:

Ashford University offers students several payment options, including cash plans, employer tuition reimbursement, direct employer billing, and military tuition assistance. Qualifying students may be eligible for financial aid.

Tuition, Financial Aid & Start Dates

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

Course requirements are subject to change. Contact Ashford University to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

Education Requirements

To be awarded the Master of Arts in Education degree, students must complete all courses with a 3.00 minimum cumulative GPA.

Core Requirements

  • EDU 650: Teaching, Learning, & Leading in the 21st Century (3 credits)
  • EDU 645: Learning & Assessment for the 21st Century (3 credits)
  • EDU 620: Meeting Individual Student Needs with Technology (3 credits)
  • EDU 671: Fundamentals of Educational Research (3 credits)
  • EDU 639: Human Relationships & Learning in the Multicultural Environment (3 credits)
  • EDU 673: Instructional Strategies for Differentiated Teaching & Learning (3 credits)
  • EDU 675: Change Leadership for the Differentiated Educational Environment (3 credits)
  • EDU 695: MAED Capstone (3 credits)

Special Education Specialization Requirements

  • ESE 631: Survey of the Exceptional Child (3 credits)
  • ESE 697: Characteristics of Students with Mild & Moderate Disabilities & Evidence-Based Strategies for Instruction (3 credits)
  • ESE 691: Behavior Management in the Classroom (3 credits)
  • ESE 633: Collaborative Relationships & Transition (3 credits)

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Furthering Your Education:

Graduates of the Master of Arts in Education with a specialization in special education program who are interested in working as professors, researchers, or administrators could pursue a doctorate degree in education, administration, global development, or leadership. Earning a doctorate degree could provide students with the qualifications needed for an advanced teaching, research, or administrative position in the field.

Doctoral degrees that graduates could pursue include:

  • Doctor of Education
  • Doctor of Early Childhood Education
  • Doctor of Global Training and Development
  • Doctor of Special Education
  • Doctor of Educational Psychology
  • Doctor of Education Policy or Leadership

Career Paths:

Ashford University's Master of Arts in Education with a specialization in special education program is designed to prepare enrolled students for employment in teaching or educational administration. Possibilities that graduates could pursue include but are not limited to:

  • Early childhood development specialist
  • Elementary or middle school teacher
  • School administrator
  • Education outreach
  • School administrator

The Master of Arts in Education with a specialization in special education program is not intended to prepare students for professional licensure or certification of any kind. Students interested in seeking professional licensing or certification should research requirements before enrolling in the program.

Additionally, residents of Washington State are advised to contact both the state superintendent and their individual district as to whether this program will be endorsed.