Program Overview

Biola University offers an online Master of Arts degree in Education in Special Education. The completely online environment of this course aims to provide to students increased flexibility and convenience of attending class during their free time. This degree is designed for those wishing to earn a special education credential, as well as current administrations and curriculum specialists.

This program provides students with the knowledge and skills needed to assist classroom teachers that serve special needs students. Students will take courses in three main areas; core coursework, special education program work, and a capstone experience. Core coursework involves 22 units, the concentration 15 units, and the capstone experience one unit. Students will participate in a variety of courses such as Professional Writing, Educational Psychology, Issues in Special Education, and either a research project or thesis course.

The research project involves a written report as well as the project, while the thesis must be completed through a literature review and research. Over the duration of either option, students will receive guidance and supervision from a faculty advisor.

Biola University requires 38-credit hours in order to complete this program; most students finish the program in about 2 to 3 years, while still being full time educators.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Master

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Senior College and University Commission

    School Overview

    Lyman Stewart, co-founder and president of Union Oil Company, partnered with T.C. Horton to open the Bible Institute in 1908 in Los Angeles. Initially, the institution focused on studies in theology and Christian studies. As the school progressed forward, the renamed Biola College acquired programs in medicine, business, and continuing studies, in addition to gaining accreditation. By the 1980s, Biola changed its status to university. Although Biola has continued to grow, the University retains its founding Christian principles. Today, the four-year, private, not-for-profit Biola University awards both undergraduate and graduate degrees on its Southern California campus.

    Biola University offers over 145 academic programs awarding bachelor’s, master’s, and doctorate degrees, in addition to certificate programs. Seven school include:

    • Talbot School of Theology
    • Rosemead School of Psychology
    • Cook School of Intercultural Studies
    • Crowell School of Business
    • School of Arts and Sciences
    • School of Education
    • School of Science, Technology and Health

    For added flexibility, students can choose to complete online programs and courses at Biola University. These programs meet the equivalent standards and rigors as on-campus counterparts. Students can participate in courses delivered completely online or engage in hybrid learning, with both on-campus and online coursework.


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