Online Master of Education Degree in Special Education

We have recently updated our online Master of Education degree in Special Education.

The 30-credit-hour online Master of Education degree in Special Education* is designed to enhance the teaching strategies of K-12 special education teachers or teachers who serve students with disabilities.

The MEd in Special Education is a curricular- and instructional methodologies-based degree following IDEA guidelines and includes behavior management, assistive technology and transitional programming. Another major focus is Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) including managing behavior and instructional strategies. This online Master of Education degree can be completed in less than two years.


  • Convenient – Study at home or school.
  • Affordable – Priced to fit an educator’s budget.
  • Valuable – Use this fully-accredited degree for career advancement.
  • Rewarding – Apply what you have learned to help all your students succeed.
  • Collaborative – Share the excitement of learning with your faculty mentor and colleagues.

This master’s degree is offered as an online program. During the program, a cohort of teachers participate in 30 credit hours of sequenced coursework to complete the degree. 

Courses are listed below. Choose the course descriptions link in the left column of this page to view complete descriptions of all courses.

Special Education

EDUC5100 Strategies for Collaboration
EDUC5410 Collaborative Study of the Mild/Moderate Disabilities 3 s.h.
EDUC5423 Special Education Methods 3 s.h.
EDUC5430 Managing Student Learning and Behavior 3 s.h.
EDUC5441 Autism Spectrum Disorders 3 s.h.
EDUC5460 Educational Assessment 3 s.h.
EDUC5520 Developing and Facilitating Effective Professional Development Experiences 3 s.h.
EDUC6100 Classroom Inquiry and Action Research 3 s.h.
EDUC6110 Classroom Inquiry and Action Research Practicum 3 s.h.
Graduate-level Education Electives 3 s.h.

*There is no licensure with this degree. Each student should check with their individual state to determine special education licensure requirements.

Our online master of education degree has multiple start dates per year. Please contact our School of Education Admissions Representative for tuition and application deadline dates. Group rates are also available.

Courses for Special Education

EDUC5100 Strategies for Collaboration 3 s.h.
Builds a professional learning community in a social learning context designed to discover how to take ownership for learning through shared readings, experiences, and reflections. Critically examines current educational trends and practices and clarifies procedures for systematic academic inquiry and reflection. Begins to develop the skills, nuances, and insights necessary for dynamic collaboration for future learning and application.

EDUC5410 Collaborative Study of the Mild/Moderate Disabilities 3 s.h.
Through collaborative study groups, explores etiologies of mild and moderate disabilities. Engages in inquiry of current trends in educational programming, educational alternatives and related services and correlates these findings as they relate to appropriate multi disciplinary team planning. Examines general developmental, academic, social-emotional, psychological, career and functional characteristics and explores their relatedness to individual instructional planning. Engages candidates in review of definition, historical, philosophical, and legal issues of individuals with disabilities that include students from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

EDUC5423 Special Education Methods 3 s.h.
Provides the classroom teacher with numerous curricular and instructional methodologies which facilitate knowledge and promote development of cognitive, academic, social, language and functional life skills for identified students. Develops and applies remedial methods, instructional techniques, and appropriate use of assistive technology as it relates to individual learning levels.

EDUC5430 Managing Student Learning and Behavior 3 s.h.
Explores classroom management theories, methods, and techniques for individuals with exceptional learning needs. Enables candidates to design, implement, and evaluate instructional programs, which motivate students to monitor their engagement in active social learning in family, school, and community activities. Directs candidates tol be able to provide evidence of their plan through descriptions and examples of completed instruction, related assessments and a reflection on these examples.

EDUC5441 Autism Spectrum Disorders 3 s.h.
Examines characteristics of children and youth with Autism Spectrum Disorders, as well as associated issues that may be present. Identified effective practices that can be utilized to deal with each student’s special circumstances.

EDUC5460 Educational Assessment 3 s.h.
Provides candidates with opportunities to administer, score, and interpret diagnostic tests used in the development of instructional planning. Identifies student strengths and needs that will be determined through multiple methods of assessment. Candidates will plan and implement both individual and group instruction with objectives based on assessment outcome. Explores legal provisions, regulations and guidelines as they apply to both formal and informal testing. Examines terminology and knowledge of specialized strategies relating to various disabilities.

EDUC5520 Developing and Facilitating Effective Professional Development Experiences 3 s.h.
Provides knowledge and skills through the development of effective design and facilitation of professional development and/or training experiences, including relevant teaching and learning theories/models. Identifies appropriate resources; marketing, designing effective workshops and/or training materials and using assessment tools for evaluation purposes will be explored.

EDUC6100 Classroom Inquiry and Action Research 3 s.h.
Focuses on action research methodology and provides preparation to engage in a research study that addresses P-12 students' learning. Emphasizes the development of a research question, review of literature, methods and procedures and appropriate APA usage. Demonstrates the inquiry process through submission of a Capstone Action Research proposal and accompanying approval documents. Prerequisites: All courses listed in emphasis.

EDUC6110 Classroom Inquiry and Action Research Practicum 3 s.h.
Focuses on the implementation and completion of the approved action research study designed in EDUC6100. Presents dissemination of research results and conclusions and peer reviews critical analysis of the research process. Prerequisite: EDUC6100.

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