Program Overview

Biola University offers an online Master of Arts degree in Teaching in Special Education. The completely online environment of this course provides to students increased flexibility and convenience of attending class during their free time. This degree is designed for those wanting a special education credential, or administrations and curriculum specialists who wish to advance their current skills.

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. Students will take a variety of courses such as Writing Literature Reviews, Behavior and Classroom Management for Students with Special Needs, and Issues in Special Education, and a capstone course.

The capstone course involves students focusing on problems that may occur with students, classroom, or an educational institution. Students will need to design plans that may be implemented in the case of such issues. The action plans should also lead to performance-based improvement. In order to graduate, students need to acquire a minimum grade of a “B” in the capstone course. Biola University requires 30-credit hours in order to complete this program; most students finish the program in about 18 months.

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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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