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Master of Arts in Special Education

Complete Coursework: as little as 24 months   Credit Hours: 36   Tuition: $249 per credit hour

Special education programs need qualified teachers.

Answer the call. Earn a Master of Arts in Special Education completely online with The University of Texas of the Permian Basin (UTPB)—part of the prestigious UT System. With our flexible online special education degree, you can balance the demands of going to school with work and family.

Our online Master of Arts degree offers smart advantages!

  • Every course is 100% online
  • Tuition is affordable—just $8,964 | $249 per credit hour
  • Courses are only seven weeks
  • You can earn your MA in 24 months
  • Accredited by NCATE, CEC, SACS
  • Six start dates

Develop the professional skills you need—right now.

The Master of Arts in Special Education degree is designed to help candidates learn how to enrich the lives of students with developmental and learning disabilities. You'll examine the importance of cultural diversity, theories of behavior, human ontological development, classroom best practices, research design and current trends in special education programs and service. You don't need a teaching certificate to apply, and the GRE is waived for candidates with a minimum 3.0 undergraduate GPA.

Learn from respected educators.

UTPB's online special education degree program is just as rigorous as our on-campus program. Every online course is taught by the same respected UTPB faculty members who teach on campus. And unlike other online special education programs, UTPB's online MA in Special Education is accredited by the State Board for Educator Certification, the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education and the Council for Exceptional Children. You'll find our faculty and staff are supportive and responsive to your needs. In fact, our online graduate programs earn high marks from U.S. News & World Report—#6 Student Services and Technology and #24 Student Engagement and Accreditation.

Enjoy new career opportunities.

With a master's degree in special education, not only will you be fully prepared to serve as a special education teacher at the elementary, middle and high school levels, you will also be qualified for supervisory positions—including curriculum specialist and manager or director of special education programs. Plus, you'll feel more confident knowing that you've prepared yourself to succeed in a very competitive job market. Research shows that individuals with a master's degree earn more and have a lower risk for unemployment than their less-educated peers.

Course Listing

Special Education Required Courses
EDUC 6302
Cultural Diversity in Education and the Social Sciences
Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3  |  $747.00 per course.
This course gives candidates the opportunity to develop cultural diversity competence in order to face challenges in education and the social sciences. Research and reflection are emphasized.
EDUC 6304
Educational Psychology
Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3  |  $747.00 per course.
Review of theories of behavior, learning and instruction, research on human ontological development, and consideration of applications of such theory and research to classroom practices, including issues related to their measurement and evaluation.
EDUC 6305
Research Design in Education and the Social Sciences
Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3  |  $747.00 per course.
This course is designed to acquaint students with how research is conducted in the fields of education and the social sciences. Students will select and evaluate research findings within their fields and learn how to design their own research studies. Must be taken prior to third term of enrollment.
EDSP 6340
Current Trends in Programs and Services
Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3  |  $747.00 per course.
Issues regarding general and special education are the focus for this course with an emphasis on programming trends for exceptional students.
EDSP 6341
Behavior Management and Social Skills
Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3  |  $747.00 per course.
This course will cover strategies for behavior management, functional behavioral assessment, positive behavioral supports and social skills training for exceptional learners.
EDSP 6343
Programs and Practices for Exceptional Learners
Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3  |  $747.00 per course.
This introductory course will examine the unique needs of students with cognitive and behavioral needs. Typical characteristics, identification, referral procedures and effective educational practices will be examined.
EDSP 6344
Methods for Teaching Exceptional Learners
Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3  |  $747.00 per course.
Learning strategies and methods for delivery of instruction for students with cognitive and/ or emotional problems will be examined. Emphasis will be on developing strategic environments, curriculum, and models for inclusive settings.
EDSP 6345
Transition Programming for Exceptional Learners
Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3  |  $747.00 per course.
Models for transition to the community, work and post-secondary setting will be explored. Students will spend a portion of class time as school and community sites.
EDSP 6346
Foundation and Legal Aspects of Special Education
Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3  |  $747.00 per course.
Legislation and litigation that form the foundations and present basis for special education practices will be presented and investigated.
EDSP 6397
Research in Special Education
Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3  |  $747.00 per course.
A culminating project for the Master of Arts in Education: Special Education, which involves researching a question related to the field of special education.
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