Who Should Apply?
Regardless of where you live, you may earn your Master's degree in Special Education from the University of North Dakota while you continue to live and work in your own community. You are not required to come to campus at any time!
Depending on your interests and career goals, you may focus your coursework in one of the following specialization areas:
- Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASD)
- Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE)
- Emotional Disturbance (ED)
- General Special Education
- Gifted/Talented (G/T)
- Intellectual Disabilities (ID)
- Learning Disabilities (LD)
- Special Education Strategist (SES)
- Visual Impairment (VI)
The part-time or full-time, online program is designed for:
- certified teachers preparing to be teachers of students with disabilities
- non-certified individuals working in related professions who wish to gain knowledge and skills in the area of disabilities in order to work with persons with difficulities and exceptionalities in non-educational settings
A bachelor’s degree in any field.
A cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.75 for all undergraduate work or a GPA of at least 3.0 for the junior and senior years of undergraduate work (based on A = 4.00).
A minimum TOEFL score of 550 on the paper-based test or 213 on the computer-based test, or for the Internet based TOEFL, a minimum score of 23/30 (speaking); 19/30 (listening); 19/30 (reading); 15/30 (writing) for applicants whose native language is not English. Applicants may also meet language requirements by presenting IETLS scores of 6.5.
Students who have received a bachelor’s degree or higher from the United States or English-speaking Canada are not required to submit the TOEFL.
- Complete the Graduate School online application form (choose M.S., M.Ed., or ASD certificate program).
- Submit the application fee of $35.
- Submit the names and email addresses of three people who will complete the recommendation form: one from an employment supervisor or administrator, one from a professional colleague or university professor, and one from a person of your choosing.
- Send official transcripts from each institution attended to the Graduate School.
- Complete the personal statement (for guidelines click here) and attach it in the “essay” section of the application.
The deadline for starting in the summer or fall is March 15, and for starting in the spring is October 15.
Online Autistic Spectrum Disorders Graduate Certificate
You also may pursue a fully-online Graduate Certificate in Autistic Spectrum Disorders by completing 12 credits of graduate-level coursework.
Military Personnel & Veterans
Our University is proud to serve those who serve our country. Through UND Online & Distance Education, you can take advantage of convenient programs and services that fit your life as a military service member, veteran or family member. Learn more.
- March 15 (Summer)
- June 15 (Fall)
- October 15 (Spring)