Master of Education in Special Education

December 15, 2021
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UC Online’s Master of Education in Special Education is the perfect fit for students enthusiastic about working with children and adults with disabilities. This 100% online program prepares students to have a sense of community awareness and ecologically-based service delivery to enhance and better the lives of all individuals with disabilities. With three (3) program concentrations to choose from and three (3) optional graduate certificates to add on, students can truly personalize their education to align with their interests and career goals.

By graduation, students will be able to provide direct and indirect services in the field of special education including K-12 education, rehabilitation for occupational development and daily independence, community-based case management, disability advocacy, school, and individualized consultation services, and various other services related to individuals with disabilities and their families. This program does not lead to an initial teaching license.

Waived Application Fee Spring '22

Three Areas of Concentration:

  • Path for Licensure and Reading Endorsement: Do you love teaching but want to have more options? This program is designed for teachers with an existing education license (e.g., early childhood, middle childhood, AYA) who would like to add on a mild/moderate intervention specialist license and reading endorsement while obtaining their Master’s degree in Special Education. With a general education license, intervention specialist license, reading endorsement, and Master’s degree, you will have the expertise to support all learners as well as a multitude of employment opportunities. Students will obtain their Master’s degree in Special Education at 30 credit hours. With an additional two graduate credit hours (practicum and seminar), mild-moderate K-12 licensure can be added. With an additional six graduate hours (two literacy courses) the reading endorsement can be added. Students will also need to pass all tests required for licensure.
  • Supporting Students with Complex Needs: Are you passionate about working with students with complex needs? This plan of study program will support you in: (1) understanding the characteristics of significant disability, (2) locating and linking evidence-based instructional practices (e.g., structured learning environments, visual supports, and systematic instruction) to the characteristics of disability, and (3) implementing interventions for individuals with significant disability. The program is designed for professionals (special education teachers, general education teachers, school psychologists, speech language pathologists, paraeducators/class support staff) and family members of individuals with disabilities who already hold a bachelor’s degree in education-related fields. Students will obtain their Master’s degree in Special Education at 30 credit hours. With an additional six graduate hours (two literacy courses) the reading endorsement can be added. Students will also need to pass all tests required for licensure.
  • Transition to Work Endorsement and Special Education Leadership: Are you interested in connecting with community members and local businesses while supporting adolescents and young adults with disabilities? This program is designed for professionals who would like to support individuals in their transition out of K-12 schooling into the community. In this program, you will obtain your Master’s degree, transition to work endorsement, and a special education leadership graduate certificate. The transition to work endorsement can only be added to an existing educational license.

Success in Special Education

Candidates who succeed in special education demonstrate:

  • A history of academic success.
  • The ability to collaborate with others, including those from diverse populations.
  • Leadership characteristics.
  • Responsible, caring, fair, honest, and ethical behavior.
  • A commitment to social justice and a diverse society.
  • A history of good critical thinking and problem-solving.
  • Enthusiasm for working with children and adults with disabilities.
  • A commitment to equity and the betterment of individuals with disabilities.

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