Why earn a master's in special education online?

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The special education online master's 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 program emphasizes scholarly application for practitioners. 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.

Master's in Special Education Specializations

Customize your master's 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)
  • 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

Online Special Education Master's Degree at UND

Master's in Special Education Jobs


Median annual salary 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. Increased 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 masters degree gives you the strategic skills you need, including:

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

Our graduates work in:

  • Public and private schools
  • Hospitals
  • Human services agencies
  • State and private institutions
  • Private practice

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Top Master's in Special Education Online Degree

UND is consistently recognized as the best place to earn an online master's in special education. We are also the only master's in special education program in North Dakota.

Our online master's in special education program is recognized by U.S. News & World Report as a top online education program for quality, affordability and career outcomes. 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.

U.S. News Ranking

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Den Bolda earned his online master's in special education from UND. Now he is a successful special education teacher.

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