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Online Master’s Degree in Special Education

"The program has further developed me as a teacher. It's given me a larger toolkit. I'm able to think on my feet, create lesson plans that are relevant to my classroom and the community of learners that I'm involved with."

Serve the Unique Needs of Your Students with a Special Education Master’s Degree

Learn to excel as a teacher of students with exceptionalities with an online Master of Arts in Special Education from Saint Mary’s University. Our program is designed to help you fully understand the unique needs of learners with a wide range of disabilities. Completing the online Master’s in Special Education is a flexible way to prepare for a rewarding career that enriches the lives of the students you surround yourself with.

Our special education degree program is designed for:

  • Future teachers who want supplementary education in order to become special education teachers
  • Teachers who would like to increase their ability to use data-based decision-making to effectively support a student’s learning growth
  • Teachers and educators looking for training to acquire a special education teaching license

With a master’s in special education from Saint Mary’s, you’ll develop an inclusive teaching approach that goes further to help students achieve their full potential. Explore ways to remove barriers for students with special needs and learn how to develop an Individualized Education Program to support them. Also, learn how to more effectively customize your instruction to meet students at their skill level.

This online master’s degree in special education prepares you to work with learners who receive special education services for specific learning disabilities, children on the autism spectrum, and/or those with emotional or behavioral disorders. Students who live and work in Minnesota may choose to complete additional requirements to be eligible to apply for a Minnesota special education license* in the areas of: specific learning disability (LD), emotional or behavioral disorders (EBD) and/or autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

You have three options to choose from that will give you the skills and knowledge in special education strategies and research.

  • Option 1: Special Education – M.A. Degree without Licensure: This degree option is intended for individuals seeking a full understanding of special education issues and approaches, but does not include the additional requirements to obtain a Minnesota license in special education. This program consists of: special education core courses (24 credits), disability specific courses (EBD: 6 credits, and/or LD: 6 credits and/or ASD: 6 credits), and master’s degree completion courses (6 credits). Total: 36 to 48 credits.
  • Option 2: Special Education – M.A. Degree with Additional Licensure: This degree option is for already licensed classroom teachers in Minnesota who want to add licensure in one or more of the following special education areas: emotional behavioral disorders (EBD), learning disabilities (LD), and/or autism spectrum disorder (ASD). This program consists of: special education core courses (24 credits), disability specific courses (EBD: 6 credits, and/or LD: 6 credits and/or ASD: 6 credits), practicum (3 credits for EBD/LD, 1 credit ASD if applicable) and master’s degree completion courses (6 credits). When seeking licensure, you will also complete practicum experiences in elementary, middle school, and high school settings in Minnesota and Minnesota state licensing exams. Please note: licensure recommendation is contingent upon successfully completing all Minnesota state licensure requirements. Total: 39 to 52 credits.
  • Option 3: Special Education – M.A. Degree with Initial Licensure: This option is for those without a Minnesota classroom teacher licensure who want to be licensed to teach special education in Minnesota. This program consists of: education foundation courses (18 credits), special education core courses (24 credits), disability specific courses (EBD: 6 credits, and/or LD: 6 credits and/or ASD: 6 credits), student teaching (6 credits), ASD practicum if applicable (1 credit) and master’s degree completion courses (6 credits). Please note: the education foundation courses are delivered in Minneapolis, MN and other select locations in Minnesota and precede online mobile learning. To obtain licensure: you will complete practicum experiences in elementary, middle school, and high school settings in Minnesota and Minnesota state licensing exams. Please note: licensure recommendation is contingent upon successfully completing all Minnesota state licensure requirements. Total: 60 to 73 credits.

Note: If you are interested in seeking licensure outside of Minnesota, you would need to contact the licensing agency to which you are interested in obtaining licensure and identify with them the field experience (student teaching and/or practicum) and other expectations needed to fulfill the licensing requirements in your state.

Build the Skills to Reach Every Student

Our program shows you how to incorporate the concepts and tools of special education in a variety of educational settings to achieve the desired learning outcomes for your students. You will gain the skills necessary to provide effective and compassionate education for students with a wide range of exceptionalities in traditional and non-traditional learning environments. Graduates of the online Master’s in Special Education program are able to:

  • Create an inclusive environment in mainstream classrooms to allow every student to achieve their full potential
  • Master intercultural communication skills and strategies to effectively support the diverse needs of special education students and their families
  • Become an authority on special education strategies and research at their school
  • Understand the unique needs of learners with: specific learning disabilities, autism spectrum disorder, emotional/behavioral disorder, and other exceptionalities
  • Create a positive school and classroom culture to effectively teach all students within their classroom
  • Utilize the latest mobile technology and techniques that are giving students who receive special education a new voice
  • Design an Individualized Education Plan that effectively provides students with access to their learning environment through multiple means, including assistive technology
  • Develop intercultural competence to relate to students of all backgrounds

Become a More Effective Educator

The Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA) affords students with disabilities the right to a Free and Appropriate Education in the Least Restrictive Environment. IDEA mandates that students with disabilities are educated with students without disabilities to the greatest extent possible. Training in special education provides you with the foundational knowledge, skills, and abilities to effectively teach diverse learners who are educated in a variety of educational settings.

The tools and techniques you learn will benefit students of all skill levels, including students with and without exceptionalities. The result: Improved classroom learning for all. With an online master’s degree in special education from Saint Mary’s University, you will enhance your own career prospects and earning potential while learning how to make a positive impact in the lives of your students.

Learning at Your Fingertips

A Saint Mary’s education puts knowledge and opportunity in your hands. Our mobile learning programs give you the flexibility to develop, explore, and advance your career in a format that fits your professional and personal schedule. Saint Mary’s offers students the freedom to grow thanks to a vibrant, supportive community that understands the needs of working professionals like you. Our mission is to provide you with a first-class education while supporting your responsibilities outside of school, whether they be to your family, your career, or both.

Every student in our online special education degree program receives an iPad® loaded with a mobile learning platform, so you have Saint Mary’s with you at all times. Our innovative program enables you to:

  • Access your courses and materials in a click
  • Engage with the curriculum through interactive exercises
  • Reinforce learning points using real-world scenarios
  • Connect with classmates and faculty anywhere*
  • Develop mobile technology skills employers require
  • Study with convenience, even on the go*

At Saint Mary’s, every student enjoys the same high-tech, high-quality learning experience—wherever they are.

iPad is a registered trademark of Apple Inc.
*iPad is Wi-Fi-enabled only.

Request a free brochure or call 877-308-9954 to speak with an enrollment counselor today about pursuing an online Master of Arts in Special Education from Saint Mary’s.

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iPad is a registered trademark of Apple Inc. *iPad is wifi-enabled only.