MASTER OF EDUCATION IN SPECIAL EDUCATION

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

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

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 leading to a master’s degree in special education (without certification).

Experienced instructors will prepare you 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 program is a 36-credit master’s degree that does not provide certification or an endorsement in special education. If you’re a teacher in Alaska interested in one of our combo programs, see our other master’s degree options:

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

Complete five of the following courses as approved by your graduate committee:

  • 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.

*Courses in the special education program utilize a blended delivery model which includes online instruction and a limited number of synchronous class meetings. Students may attend class meetings in person or online. Students who cannot attend during the scheduled time will have access to the recorded class session.

Admissions Requirements

Applicants to the Master of Education in Special Education program are generally certified special education teachers or other professionals who work with children who have disabilities but who are not seeking teacher certification in special education. The minimum requirement for admission is a bachelor’s degree.

A qualifying application packet 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 special education teachers and other professionals who want to or currently work with students with disabilities but who are not seeking teacher certification in special education.

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
$25/credit eLearning & Distance Education Fee

 

Estimated Cost of Program Based on Current Rates: $18,881

For more about UAF costs, visit our Registration Guide.

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As a full-time working mom, it was important for me to be able to participate in the program via the online opportunities that UAF provides. This program provided me the flexibility, expertise, convenience and knowledge needed to become a special educator.

Ashley Walley

Special Education Pre-K Teacher at Anderson Elementary on Eielson Air Force Base