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Online Degree and Certificates in Special Education

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Special Education Master’s Degree’s – 100% Online

Learn to excel as a teacher of students with exceptionalities with an online Master of Arts in Special Education from Saint Mary’s University. The program is designed to help you fully understand the unique needs of learners with a wide range of disabilities. Completing the online Master’s in Special Education is a flexible way to prepare for a rewarding career that enriches the lives of the students you surround yourself with.

This special education degree program is designed for:

  • Future teachers who want supplementary education in order to become special education teachers
  • Teachers who would like to increase their ability to use data-based decision-making to effectively support a student’s learning growth
  • Teachers and educators looking for training to acquire a special education teaching license

With a master’s in special education from Saint Mary’s, you’ll develop an inclusive teaching approach that goes further to help students achieve their full potential. Explore ways to remove barriers for students with special needs and learn how to develop an Individualized Education Program to support them. Also, learn how to more effectively customize your instruction to meet students at their skill level.

This online master’s degree in special education prepares you to work with learners who receive special education services for specific learning disabilities, children on the autism spectrum, and/or those with emotional or behavioral disorders. Students who live and work in Minnesota may choose to complete additional requirements to be eligible to apply for a Minnesota special education license* in the areas of: specific learning disability (LD), emotional or behavioral disorders (EBD) and/or autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

Program Options

You have three options to choose from that will give you the skills and knowledge in special education strategies and research.

  • Option 1: Special Education – M.A. Degree without Licensure: This degree option is intended for individuals seeking a full understanding of special education issues and approaches, but does not include the additional requirements to obtain a Minnesota license in special education. This program consists of: special education core courses (18 credits), elective courses (12 credits), and master’s degree completion courses (6 credits). Total: 36 credits.
  • Option 2: Special Education – M.A. Degree with Additional Licensure:This degree option is for already licensed classroom teachers in Minnesota who want to add licensure in one or more of the following special education areas: emotional behavioral disorders (EBD), learning disabilities (LD), and/or autism spectrum disorder (ASD). This program consists of: special education core courses (18 credits), specialization courses (15 credits), practicum courses (3 credits) and master’s degree completion courses (6 credits). When seeking licensure, you will also complete practicum experiences in elementary, middle school, and high school settings in Minnesota and Minnesota state licensing exams. Please note: licensure recommendation is contingent upon successfully completing all Minnesota state licensure requirements. Total: 42 credits.
  • Option 3: Special Education – M.A. Degree with Initial Licensure: TThis option is for those without a Minnesota classroom teacher licensure who want to be licensed to teach special education in Minnesota. This program consists of: education foundation courses (18 credits), special education core courses (18 credits), specialization courses (15 credits), student teaching (6 credits), capstone (2 credits) and master’s degree completion courses (6 credits). Please note: the education foundation courses are delivered in Minneapolis, MN and other select locations in Minnesota and precede online mobile learning. To obtain licensure: you will complete practicum experiences in elementary, middle school, and high school settings in Minnesota and Minnesota state licensing exams. Please note: licensure recommendation is contingent upon successfully completing all Minnesota state licensure requirements. Total: 65 credits.

Note: If you are interested in seeking licensure outside of Minnesota, you would need to contact the licensing agency to which you are interested in obtaining licensure and identify with them the field experience (student teaching and/or practicum) and other expectations needed to fulfill the licensing requirements in your state.

Build the Skills to Reach Every Student

This program shows you how to incorporate the concepts and tools of special education in a variety of educational settings to achieve the desired learning outcomes for your students. You will gain the skills necessary to provide effective and compassionate education for students with a wide range of exceptionalities in traditional and non-traditional learning environments. Graduates of the online Master’s in Special Education program are able to:

  • Create an inclusive environment in mainstream classrooms to allow every student to achieve their full potential
  • Master intercultural communication skills and strategies to effectively support the diverse needs of special education students and their families
  • Become an authority on special education strategies and research at their school
  • Understand the unique needs of learners with: specific learning disabilities, autism spectrum disorder, emotional/behavioral disorder, and other exceptionalities
  • Create a positive school and classroom culture to effectively teach all students within their classroom
  • Utilize the latest mobile technology and techniques that are giving students who receive special education a new voice
  • Design an Individualized Education Plan that effectively provides students with access to their learning environment through multiple means, including assistive technology
  • Develop intercultural competence to relate to students of all backgrounds

Become a More Effective Educator

Training in special education provides you with the foundational knowledge, skills, and abilities to effectively teach diverse learners who are educated in a variety of educational settings.

The tools and techniques you learn will benefit students of all skill levels, including students with and without exceptionalities. The result: Improved classroom learning for all. With an online master’s degree in special education from Saint Mary’s University, you will enhance your own career prospects and earning potential while learning how to make a positive impact in the lives of your students.

Learning at Your Fingertips

A Saint Mary’s education puts knowledge and opportunity in your hands. Mobile learning programs give you the flexibility to develop, explore, and advance your career in a format that fits your professional and personal schedule. Saint Mary’s offers students the freedom to grow thanks to a vibrant, supportive community that understands the needs of working professionals like you. Their mission is to provide you with a first-class education while supporting your responsibilities outside of school, whether they be to your family, your career, or both.

Every student in the online special education degree program receives an iPad® loaded with a mobile learning platform, so you have Saint Mary’s with you at all times. Our innovative program enables you to:

  • Access your courses and materials in a click
  • Engage with the curriculum through interactive exercises
  • Reinforce learning points using real-world scenarios
  • Connect with classmates and faculty anywhere*
  • Develop mobile technology skills employers require
  • Study with convenience, even on the go
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Why Choose Saint Mary’s University?

  • Career-oriented curricula in a convenient and flexible format
  • Led by nationally recognized educators and current leaders in their respective fields
  • Focus on instructional theory, strategic planning, and learning design to help you help your students more effectively
  • Reach students across all levels and types of disabilities by developing understanding of various student backgrounds and disabilities
  • Every course touches on intercultural competence
  • Competitive price point for tuition

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