Master of Arts in Special Education

Tanja N.
Tanja N. Class of 2016


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The special education master's program includes four-week classes.
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Program Overview

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Broaden your personal skill set with a Master of Arts in Special Education degree from National University. More and more, there is a demand for educators and professionals with current understanding of the characteristics and needs of individuals with disabilities. The Master of Arts in Special Education degree is designed for teachers already licensed in special or general education and/or for professionals who want to broaden their intellectual and professional understanding of the role of special education within the Pre-K-12 setting.

In this online program, candidates will expand their knowledge by developing, analyzing, and evaluating innovative and ethical practices in special education; and sustaining their commitment as educational practitioners and leaders in the field of education. The Master of Arts in Special Education will enhance job opportunities in the field of education for teacher practitioners as well as those in leadership or advocacy roles. Those in positions such as a special education consultant, adjunct or part-time faculty, teacher mentor or supervisor, school-site administrator, counselor, school psychologist, lawyer specializing in special education, and those who plan to eventually complete a terminal degree could benefit from this degree.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Analyze the process for creating a shared vision and philosophy of establishing effective teaching and learning of students with intellectual or behavioral disabilities at a school-wide level.
  • Evaluate the role of special education practitioners and leaders in different contexts of education in terms of implementing the vital elements of special education.
  • Evaluate the appropriateness of various research methodologies in relation to a given topic related to special education.
  • Analyze the ongoing process of establishing a collaborative and inclusive setting for students with disabilities to access a Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE).
  • Evaluate the implications of special education law and procedures before applying them in different contexts of educational practices.
  • Analyze the requirements of the roles of special education practitioners for providing access to curriculum, accommodations and modifications, by utilizing technology, including augmentative and assistive technology and principles of Universal Design for Learning.

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