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Online Master of Arts in Special Education — Affordable Tuition

Make an impact on every learner and your career.

Why Choose an Online Master’s Degree in Special Education from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota?

  • Create an inclusive environment in a mainstream classroom, allowing each student to learn to their full potential
  • Help students of all abilities succeed by developing an understanding of the field of special education and strategies for teaching all learners at high levels
  • Build your cultural competence through responsive teaching strategies and activities

Build a rewarding career helping students with exceptionalities excel in the classroom and society. The online Master of Arts in Special Education helps you develop an inclusive teaching approach that removes learning barriers so students can reach their full potential. This flexible, affordable program gives you the tools and knowledge needed to create individualized education programs tailored to each student.


Of all education professions, teachers who earn a special education credential are expected to see a  3% growth through 20281

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 fully online 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 Licensure2

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). Coursework is 100% online, and you will also complete practicum experiences in elementary, middle school, and high school settings in Minnesota. Completion of appropriate Minnesota Teacher Licensure Examinations is required prior to recommendation for licensure.

Option 3: Special Education – M.A. Degree with Initial Licensure3

This 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). Education foundation courses are delivered onsite at the Twin Cities Campus and precede online coursework. You will also complete practicum experiences in elementary, middle school, and high school settings in Minnesota, as well as a Student Teaching course at the Twin Cities Campus. Completion of the Minnesota Teacher Licensure Examinations is required prior to recommendation for licensure. Total: 65 credits.

iPad Included

Your tuition includes a wifi-enabled iPad so coursework can be completed anywhere, on your time. Financial aid is available.

U.S. News & World Report, the Princeton Review and Forbes rank Saint Mary’s University as a top institution.


1Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Special Education Teachers. Retrieved from https://www.bls.gov/ooh/education-training-and-library/special-education-teachers.htm.
2 & 3This program is not designed to lead to a special education licensure, endorsement, or certification outside of Minnesota. This program is also not designed to lead to K-12 administrative licensure such as Director of Special Education or Special Education Coordinator. Students interested in licensure outside of Minnesota or in K-12 administrative licensure should check with the licensing body in their state for specific licensure preparation requirements.

 

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