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MA in Special Education

Ashford University's Master of Arts in Special Education degree program is meant to teach students about the ways that individuals with exceptionalities develop. Read more about the program coursework and requirements here.

Official Program Name:

Master of Arts in Special Education

School Offering Program:

Ashford University

Degree Level:

Master's

Program Prerequisites:

Students looking to apply to the Master of Arts in Special Education program at Ashford University should be interested in learning more about working with children with disabilities. They have both strong communication and analytical skills. Applicants to Ashford University graduate programs must have completed a bachelor's degree or postgraduate degree with a grade point average of 2.0 or higher from an accredited institution; some programs may have additional requirements.

Program Description:

Ashford University's Master of Arts in Special Education degree program is intended for both current teachers and non-licensed education professionals looking to grow their knowledge on how to design and implement curricula that focuses on differentiated instruction and varied patterns of learning and development. Students have the opportunity to gain in-depth knowledge of the learning and behavioral practices that best suit children with a variety of exceptionalities. They may also learn how to evaluate the ethical principles that affect special education laws, regulations, and professional accountability standards. The program is also designed to provide students with the chance to construct an action research proposal that addresses a local or global issue of the student's choosing that relates to individuals with exceptionalities.

Learning Format:

Online

Program Length:

30 credits.

Financial Aid Available:

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.

Certain degree programs may not be available in all states.

For more information about on-time completion rates, the median loan debt of students who completed each program, and other important information, please visit:

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Tuition, Financial Aid & Start Dates

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Required Courses for Master of Arts in Special Education

The Master of Arts in Special Education at Ashford University is comprised of 30 total credits, all of which come from the successful completion of the major course requirements. Degree program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Ashford University to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

Major Course Requirements (30 credits)

  • Students with Exceptionalities in the School Setting
  • Law & Ethics in Special Education
  • Assessment & Evaluation of Students with Mild to Moderate Disabilities
  • Education-Based Collaborative Relationships
  • Lesson Design for Students with Mild to Moderate Disabilities
  • Positive Behavior Supports in the Classroom
  • Evidence-Based Instructional Methods for Students with Mild to Moderate Disabilities
  • Meeting Individual Student Needs with Technology
  • Capstone I: Educational Research
  • Capstone II: Culminating Project

Certain degree programs may not be available in all states.

For more information about on-time completion rates, the median loan debt of students who completed each program, and other important information, please visit:

http://ashforddisclosures.com/

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Career Paths

Pre-credentialed educators may pursue the Master of Arts in Special Education in order to specialize their practice or take on advanced responsibilities. This program does not lead to certification or licensure in any state. Students should contact the necessary state licensure office to determine what requirements they need to meet in order to become a licensed educator.

Career options for qualified candidates may include:

  • Behavioral interventionist
  • Special education specialist
  • Special education coordinator
  • Inclusion specialist
  • Special education course developer

Certain degree programs may not be available in all states.

For more information about on-time completion rates, the median loan debt of students who completed each program, and other important information, please visit:

http://ashforddisclosures.com/