Why earn a master's degree in special education online?

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The online program is designed for educators and other professionals interested in the study of children, adolescents and/or adults with diverse learning abilities. This master's degree is appropriate for candidates with a bachelor's degree in a field other than education. The degree emphasizes scholarly application for practitioners, and students may continue their education and pursue a Doctor of Education.

For current teachers or for those seeking ABA specialization, earn your M.S. in Special Education.

Special Education Specializations

You can choose from eight specializations:

  1. Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) - Also offered as a Autism Spectrum Disorder certificate
  2. Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE)
  3. General Special Education
  4. Emotional Behavioral Disorders (EBD)
  5. Intellectual Disabilities (ID)
  6. Learning Disabilities (LD)
  7. Special Education Strategist (SES)
  8. Visual Impairment (VI)

Online Special Education Graduate Degree

  • No entry exams.
  • Consistent course offerings for timely graduation.
  • Flexible completion of structured lessons.
  • Coursework tied to practical experiences
  • Option of on-the-job fieldwork.
  • Master's project applicable to field.
  • Entirely online graduate program with no on-campus travel requirement.


100% Online Special Education M.Ed.

  • The Special Education Program is in the Department of Teaching, Learning & Professional Practice. It is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).

  • We are globally renowned for our expertise, leadership, diversity, and high quality teacher and professional preparation in the field of special education.

  • You will learn from an interdisciplinary group of faculty members with extensive experience as practitioners, professors, and researchers. We offer one-on-one advising and customized program of study.

  • UND's Special Education program is approved by Educational Standards and Practices Board (ESPB)

  • 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.

  • We offer an approved teacher certification program for North Dakota that is transferable to most states.

Special Education Careers


Median annual wage for special education teachers.

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics


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.

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

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 degree gives you the strategic skills you need, including:

  • Curriculum Development
  • Lesson Planning
  • Event Planning
  • Autism Therapies
  • Strategic Planning

UND Special Education Alumni

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 Courses You Could Take Online

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Top Ranked Online Special Education Degree in the Nation

UND is increasingly regarded as the best public research school for an online master's in special education. U.S. News & World Report ranks our online special education degree as a top education program and best online graduate education program for veterans. 

U.S. News & World Report Ranking

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Leader in Action

Den Bolda, special education teacher at Fargo North High School, is a 2015 graduate of the online special education program.

Read Den's Story