Master of Science in Special Education (California Only)

Tanja N.
Tanja N. Class of 2016


Become a part of NU’s global alumni community.
The MS in Special Education program includes four-week classes.
National University is San Diego’s largest private nonprofit university.

Program Overview

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This program is not accepting applications at this time.

The Master of Science in Special Education program at National University provides the knowledge and skills needed to successfully teach and impact the lives of students who have disabilities and special needs. This program explores the range of educational learning problems and applies the latest teaching strategies to enhance the performance of students, no matter their abilities.

The MS in Special Education is aligned with the Education Specialist Authorizations and standards of the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. Candidates may elect to obtain a California Teaching Credential in Special Education while completing their master’s degree.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate competence in the application of research methods, including critiquing and synthesizing current educational literature.
  • Demonstrate appropriate standards of conduct; practice within legal and ethical parameters.
  • Develop skills to become a change agent and advocate for exceptional individuals, including diverse learners.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of federal and state laws, legislation, and judicial decisions regarding exceptional individuals.
  • Demonstrate competence in instructional design, including adaptations required to assist diverse special education learners achieve the state standards for curriculum.
  • Demonstrate competence in positive behavioral support.

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Why Choose National University?

We’re proud to be a veteran-founded, San Diego-based nonprofit. Since 1971, our mission has been to provide accessible, achievable higher education to adult learners. Today, we educate students from across the U.S. and around the globe, with over 165,000 alumni worldwide.

Four-Week Classes

Focus on one subject at a time — one month at a time — and finish your degree faster.

100+ Degree Programs

Choose from associate, bachelor’s, and master’s degrees, plus credentials and certificates.

On Campus or Online

Study when and where it’s convenient for you with evening, weekend, and 100% online classes.

Year-Round Enrollment

Apply or transfer any time. Classes start monthly, and applications are accepted year round.

20+ Campus Locations

Attend class onsite at one of over 20 campus locations across California or in Nevada.

Military Friendly

As a Yellow Ribbon school, we offer tuition discounts to servicemembers and dependents.

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