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Education Specialist in Special Education

Program Details

The online Education Specialist in Special Education program is available to educators certified at the master’s level who seek to develop skills as educational leaders in research, teaching, and service for students with disabilities.  The curriculum addresses current issues and trends in special education as it seeks to encourage and facilitate the efforts of candidates to acquire knowledge, skills, understandings, appreciations, and attitudes necessary for effective interaction and instruction of those with disabilities.  The program broadens the candidate’s knowledge base and develops competencies and attitudes that promote and actualize excellence in teaching and outcomes.


  • A master’s degree from an accredited college or university
  • An overall GPA of 3.0 or above (on a 4.0 scale) on the master’s degree
  • A completed Specialist program application
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Acceptable evidence of the applicant’s writing ability as determined by a writing sample completed under the supervision of the screening committee
  • A successful interview with the program screening committee
  • A recommendation for admission by the screening committee
  • Student must hold a valid teaching license

Accreditation & Licensing

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP)