Master of Education in Mild/Moderate Special Education

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We know there are many challenges and joys in your job as a special needs educator or in working with special needs children within your regular classroom, but we are sure that you have found that all students have amazing capabilities to exceed expectations — they just need a teacher who can set high expectations and meet their unique needs. Graceland can help you further enhance your skills and experience to become an even better teacher by offering you the opportunity to earn your special education degree online.

This MEd in Special Education program is designed to enhance the teaching strategies of K-12 mild/moderate special education teachers, or for teachers who have mild/moderate students within their non-special education classroom. *K-8 or 5-12 emphasis is available.


Why do so many teachers love the online master's in special education program?

  • Relevant: Practice research-based strategies designed for your students.
  • Convenient: Learn right on your own desktop.
  • Rewarding: Immediately apply what you have learned to help your students succeed.
  • Collaborative: Share the excitement of learning with your faculty mentor and colleagues, as well as other students, on our Facebook page.
"I have been participating in Graceland University’s online program to complete a master’s degree. I have had nothing but good experiences with the program, courses and professors. The ease with which the university delivers the courses makes it very convenient for a working professional with a family, such as myself, to complete the program. The courses are laid out in a way that allows the student to have a full understanding of the expectations and be able to have constant access to the professor through a variety of communication methods. I would highly recommend this program to anyone who was interested in obtaining a master’s degree. "

- Bonnie Crowell

Unique Features Include:

  • a collaborative cohort field-based learning application.
  • connections between coursework and classroom practice.
  • opportunities to align classroom practice with national standards.

How does the program work?

During a two-year period, a cohort of teachers will participate in either 33 term hours (for K-8) or 36 term hours (for 5-12) of continuously sequenced coursework. Special education course content is presented through multi-learning modalities that includes viewing video of master teachers demonstrating course concepts, techniques and special education teaching strategies, collaborating with your graduate faculty mentor and colleagues, and applying course content and special education strategies in your own teaching situation.

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How long does it take?

This online mild/moderate special education program can typically be completed in two years, and does lead to Iowa or Missouri Special Education Licensure. Other states may also accept this for licensure. Each student should check with their individual state to determine special education licensure requirements.

Recognized Standards

Program topics, learning experiences and outcomes are based on the five core propositions of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS). Additionally, this program is aligned with the Council of Exceptional Children (CEC) content standards.

Graceland's School of Education is also accredited by The National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). We have chosen this accreditation because we feel that it's rigorous standards meet our desire to develop the best possible teachers.

Courses are listed below. Choose the Course Descriptions link in the right column to view complete descriptions of all courses.

Mild/Moderate Special Education (K-12 Educators)

EDUC5400 Special Education Strategies for Collaboration 3 s.h.
EDUC5410 Collaborative Study of the Mild/Moderate Disabilities 3 s.h.
EDUC5421 Special Education Teachers Know Their Subjects and How to Teach Them: A Collaboration of Teaching Methods in a K-8/Mild/Moderate Program 3 s.h. or
EDUC5422 Special Education Teachers Know Their Subjects and How to Teach Them: A Collaboration of Teaching Methods in a 5-12/Mild/Moderate Program 3 s.h.
EDUC5430 Special Education Teachers are Responsible for Managing and Monitoring Student Learning: Strategies and Collaboration in Classroom Management 3 s.h.
EDUC5440 Special Education Teachers Think Systematically About Their Practice 3 s.h.
EDUC5450 Special Education Teachers are Members of Learning Communities: Collaborative Partnerships in the Mild/Moderate Program 3 s.h.
EDUC5460 Educational Assessment 3 s.h.
EDUC5470 Remedial Math Methods 3 s.h.
EDUC5480 Transitional Planning 3 s.h. (For 5-12 only.)
EDUC5710 Special Education Practicum K-8 Mild/Moderate 3 s.h. or
EDUC5720 Special Education Practicum 5-12 Mild/Moderate 3 s.h.
EDUC6100 Classroom Inquiry and Action Research 3 s.h.
EDUC6110 Classroom Inquiry and Action Research Practicum 3 s.h.

  • Questions? Please Contact Us:


    Jeanette Calipetro, MEd, Admissions Representative
    Graceland University, 1401 W. Truman Road
    Independence, MO 64050