As you earn your bachelor's and master's degree online, you’ll focus on individuals
with disabilities in the context of family, culture, and community. You’ll explore
developmentally appropriate practices, emergent curriculum, descriptive assessment,
and problem-solving approaches to assist individuals with disabilities. You will learn
online from an interdisciplinary group of faculty members with extensive experience
as practitioners, professors and researchers.
How does an accelerated online education program work?
General Studies B.G.S. + Special Education Minor + Special Education M.Ed.
The online degree programs M.Ed. in Special Education allows those with an associate’s
degree in education or currently enrolled undergraduate students at UND an opportunity
to complete the requirements for both the bachelor’s and master’s degrees at an accelerated
The Accelerated Bachelor of General Studies (B.G.S.) and the Master of Education (M.Ed.)
in Special Education degree program allows exceptional undergraduate students at UND
an opportunity to complete the requirements for both the B.S.G. and M.Ed. in Special
Education at an accelerated pace. Admitted students may double count up to twelve
(12) graduate-level credits and obtain a master's degree within 12 months of completing
the bachelor's degree.
We are globally renowned for our expertise, leadership, diversity, and high quality
teacher and professional preparation in the field of special education.
Become immersed in experiential learning opportunities that allow you to acquire and
master teaching and assessment skills with case study students while under the mentorship
of UND Special Education faculty and highly qualified special educators in the field.
Our unique program allows Resident Teachers (RTs) to earn a master's degree in special education through online coursework and on-the-job
experience in a school district/special education unit.
What can I do as a special education teacher?
Projected job growth for special education teachers through 2026. Teachers with master's
degrees fall on the high end of the scale or earn a premium income.
Job prospects for special education teachers are excellent due to the rising enrollments
of students receiving special education and shortages of qualified teachers. Job openings
are expected as a result or teacher retirements or career changes.
When You Earn a Master's Degree in Special Education
A Special Education master's degree gives you the strategic skills you need, including:
Our graduates work in schools, hospitals, human services agencies, state and private
institutions and in private practice. Special Education alumni have gone on to a variety
of successful careers with:
West Fargo School District
Anne Carlsen Center
Grand Forks Public Schools
Blake High School
Family Support Services of North Idaho, LLC
Special Education Teacher Courses
T&L 251. Understanding Individuals with Different Abilities. 3 Credits.
This course is designed to introduce students to foundational knowledge of individuals with different abilities addressing the identification, supports, range of services, assessment components, and evidence-based teaching practices. Historical, legal, cultural, and societal influences that impacts educational success will be explored. F,S,SS, even years.
T&L 413. Assessing and Correcting Reading Difficulties. 2 Credits.
The focus of this course and practicum is to learn about current approaches to assessment and methods to assist students who are having difficulty with reading and writing. Observations, running records, interviews, and other evaluation procedures are used to learn about reader and writers, and these assessments are used to plan for instruction. F,SS.
T&L 474. STEM Concepts in the Elementary Classroom. 3 Credits.
Elementary school teachers must know and understand the fundamental concepts and practices in all domains of science (physical, life, earth and space sciences), as well as how technology, engineering, and math are integrated into this subject matter, so that they can plan and effectively implement meaningful and engaging STEM learning experiences for their students. This course will provide a foundation in the science content necessary for elementary teachers to know through a hands-on, inquiry-based approach. Further, it will introduce students to effective teaching strategies for not only integrating the components of STEM across all science domains but for making STEM accessible for diverse learners as well. F,S,SS.
SPED 521. IEP and the Transition Process. 3 Credits.
This course covers the development of a federally mandated Individualized Education Plan (IEP) for students identified with one of the 13 disability areas as defined by IDEA. Additionally, this course focuses on education, personal, and vocational transition for students with disabilities. Assessment and transition program planning will be covered along with interagency collaboration skills and career awareness. F,S,SS.
SPED 525. Legal/Ethical Aspects in Special Education. 3 Credits.
This course covers the theory and study of special education law for children & youth with disabilities. F,S,SS.
SPED 550. Foundations of Special Education with Emphasis in ASD, EBD, ID, and LD. 3 Credits.
The course provides an introduction to perspectives and policies for identifying and supporting individuals with intellectual disabilities (ID), learning disabilities (LD), emotional behavioral disorders (EBD), and autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Students will gain an understanding of service delivery models within special education based on a multi-systems approach. The course addresses aspects of diversity for individuals with exceptionalities and their families, and how these complex issues can interact with the delivery of educational and related services. Effective communication and collaboration models are emphasized through a culturally responsive lens. The course is designed around reflective thinking and critical analysis of varied issues related to the provision of quality lifelong supports such as characteristics, prevalence, etiology and educational impact. F,S,SS.
Leader in Special Education
Den Bolda, special education teacher at Fargo North High School, is a 2015 graduate of the online special education program.