Special Education (M.S.)
Specialize your training to support all individuals with diverse learning abilities and behavioral needs through professional excellence and advocacy.
For current teachers or for those seeking the ABA specialization, earn your M.S. degree from a Special Education Program that aspires to be globally renowned for its expertise, leadership, diversity, and high quality teacher and professional preparation in the field of special education and behavioral analysis.
- Program type:
- Master's Degree
- Est. time to complete:
- 1.5+ years
- Credit hours:
Why Earn a Master's in Special Education 100% Online at UND?
The special education online program is designed for educators and other professionals interested in the study of children, adolescents and/or adults with diverse learning abilities. This fully online graduate special education degree is appropriate for certified teachers and those with a bachelor's degree in a field other than education. The M.S. in special education emphasizes scholarly application for practitioners, and students may continue their education and pursue a Doctor of Education. For individuals without an undergraduate education degree, earn a master's of education in special education.
Special Education Specializations
Customize your online graduate degree in special education by choosing from nine specializations:
- Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), verified by the Association of Behavior Analysis International
- Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
- ASD also offered as a certificate
- Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE)
- General Special Education (GSE)
- Emotional Behavioral Disorders (EBD)
- Intellectual Disabilities (ID)
- Learning Disabilities (LD)
- Special Education Strategist (SES)
- Visual Impairment (VI) - Only 100% online VI program in the nation
Top Online Special Education Degree in the Nation
UND is recognized by U.S. News & World Report as a top online education program for educational quality, affordability and career outcomes. Online students will pay the in-state tuition as a North Dakota resident.
You will learn from an interdisciplinary group of faculty members with extensive experience as teachers, professors and researchers. We offer an approved teacher certification program for North Dakota that is transferable to most states.
Accredited by CAEP and Approved by ESPB
The Special Education Program within the Department of Teaching, Learning, & Professional Practice is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) and approved by Educational Standards and Practices Board (ESPB).
Online: The M.S. program is entirely online with no on-campus travel requirement.
Individualized: Responsive faculty, one-on-one advising and customized program of study with nine specialization. Master's project applicable to field.
Barrier-Free: 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.
Reputable: Ranked by thebestschools.org as a top online university in the country.
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 of teacher retirements or career changes. Additionally, the demand for behavior analyst positions has more than doubled with the national trend increasing in almost every state.
A Special Education degree gives you the strategic skills you need, including:
- Curriculum Development
- Lesson Planning
- Event Planning
- Autism Therapies
- Strategic Planning
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
- University of North Dakota
- Anne Carlsen Center
- Grand Forks Public Schools
- Blake High School
- Family Support Services of North Idaho, LLC
Living and Breathing Special Education
Teacher earns online master's degree in special education from UND while becoming
a father to three children with distinct learning needs.
Watch a Q&A with UND Special Education faculty.