Master of Arts in Special Education
Concordia University-Saint Paul

Program Details

The online Master of Arts in Education in Special Education is designed for individuals with a teaching license and a wish to expand teaching skills and knowledge of the characteristics and interventions used with students who require special assistance through special education.  The curriculum prepares highly effective professional decision makers and reflective educators who are proficient in foundational knowledge; referral, evaluation, planning, and programming; and instructional design, teaching, and ongoing evaluation.  Coursework also teaches students collaboration and communication skills and core special education skills including instructional strategies, social and emotional health, social competence, cultural competence, classroom management, and academic competence.

Learning Pace


Learning Schedule


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100% Online

School Accreditation & Licensing

Concordia University-Saint Paul is accredited by:

Higher Learning Commission (HLC)

Program Requirements & Restrictions

Minimum Education

Bachelor Degree

Recommended GPA

3.0 or above (4.0 scale)

Application Requirements

Occupational License, Official College Transcript(s)

Additional Info

  • Applicants whose GPA is below 3.0 must submit an Academic Success Essay. 
  • Each state has different requirements for professional licensure and certifications. CSP’s educator preparation programs are designed specifically to prepare students for licensure in Minnesota, but are not approved by any other state licensing boards for licensure in those states. CSP is unable to determine whether its teacher preparation programs would meet the educational requirements for licensure in other states. ?Students who want to work in a state other than Minnesota should contact the state licensing board in their state before enrolling in the program.
  • You must hold a current and valid Minnesota Tier 3 or Tier 4 teaching license to enroll in the Master of Arts in Special Education program with Emotional/Behavioral Disorders (EBD) Endorsement, Specific Learning Disabilities (SLD) Endorsement, Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) Endorsement or any Endorsement only Special Education program.