MASTER OF EDUCATION IN SPECIAL EDUCATION WITH ADDITIONAL ENDORSEMENT

Accredited by the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development, the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)/Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), and the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.
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MASTER OF EDUCATION IN SPECIAL EDUCATION WITH ADDITIONAL ENDORSEMENT

Accredited by the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development, the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)/Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), and the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.
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MASTER OF EDUCATION IN SPECIAL EDUCATION WITH ADDITIONAL ENDORSEMENT

Accredited by the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development, the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)/Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), and the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.
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Program Description

This fully online program provides coursework and field-based experiences leading to a special education endorsement and master’s degree.

Experienced instructors will prepare graduates for a successful career working with children who have special needs, including specific training in the areas of disabilities, assessment, intervention strategies, current law and the implementation of programs including development of legally defensible federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) documents.

Graduates will have mastery of the Council for Exceptional Children standards for special education teachers: learner development and individual learning differences, learning environments, curricular content knowledge, assessment, instructional planning and strategies, professional learning, and ethical practice and collaboration.

This online special education program is specifically designed for Alaskan teachers and other professionals who don’t have access to the Fairbanks campus. While students can complete coursework from any location, the clinical practice must be completed in the state of Alaska.

Educators can choose to earn their master’s degree with the additional endorsement (this 36-credit program) or just the endorsement (24 credits). Learn more about the K-12 Post-Baccalaureate Special Education Certificate that provides an additional endorsement.

Fees below are based on full-time status for the two-year program.

Courses (36 Credits)

Major Requirements

  • Assessment of Students with Disabilities
  • Curriculum, Management and Strategies I: Low Incidence
  • Curriculum, Management and Strategies II: High Incidence
  • Teaching Mathematics to Special Learners
  • Special Education Law: Principles and Practices
  • English Language Arts Assessment, Curriculum and Strategies for Special Learners
  • Introduction to Applied Social Science Research
  • Special Education Clinical Practice
  • Students pursuing a K-12 Special Education certificate must complete their clinical practice in an Alaskan public school.

Complete four of the following:

  • Early Childhood Special Education
  • Social/Emotional Development, Assessment and Intervention
  • Autism and Other Development Disabilities: Communication and Social Interventions
  • Culturally Responsive Collaboration: Working with Parents, Colleagues and Paraprofessionals
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders and Other Developmental Disabilities: Sensory and Behavioral Interventions
  • FASD: Diagnosis, Intervention and Strategies

Students must also pass a comprehensive exam. The exam must be taken during a semester in which the student is enrolled in at least three graduate-level credits.

Note: Students may earn the special education endorsement (24 credits) prior to completing the Master of Education in Special Education. All credits used in the endorsement program are applied toward the master’s degree.

Admissions Requirements

Applicants to the Master of Education in Special Education with Additional Endorsement program must have a current Alaska teaching certificate or equivalent coursework toward an Alaska teaching certificate.

A qualifying application packet also requires a GPA above 3.0 or GRE, three letters of reference, a résumé and a statement of goals.

Students also should have completed the Inclusive Classroom for All Children course (EDSE F482) or a comparable transfer course from another institution.

General UAF requirements for a master’s degree.

Who Should Apply?

K-12 Teachers in Alaska who want to or currently work with students with disabilities.

Cost Breakdown
Tuition Fees Other Expenses
$466/credit $5/credit Technology Fee $75 Application Fee
$6/credit UA Facilities Fee $50 Graduation Fee
$19/credit Network Charge $150 Clinical Practice Fee
$25/credit eLearning & Distance Education Fee

 

Estimated Cost of Program Based on Current Rates: $19,031

For more about UAF costs, visit our Registration Guide.

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I have already been able to implement the knowledge from my special education degree in my new career. The department has adjunct faculty who are involved in the district, which made networking easy.

Mercedes Anderson

Special Education Pre-K Teacher in Fairbanks North Star Borough School District