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Ed.S. in Curriculum & Instruction / Special Education

Program Details

Liberty University’s online Education Specialist in Curriculum & Instruction – Special Education program equips you with tools and strategies for meeting the educational requirements of students who have special learning needs, come from differing socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds, and have varying learning styles.

Through this program, you will examine curriculum function, development, and evaluation. Additionally, you will explore research and instructional approaches for managing behaviors effectively with an emphasis on individualized, classroom, and school-wide behavior support.

You will analyze processes and strategies for assessing students with special needs and ways of effectively using technology for communication and collaboration to improve classroom instruction. Additionally, you will study strategies for securing funding for gifted-student programs.

Career opportunities include:

  • Gifted-Student Instructor
  • School Administrator
  • Special Needs Educator


  • Master's degree in education (or a related field) with a 3.0 GPA from an institution that is accredited by an agency that is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants with a non-educational master’s degree may be required to complete M.Ed. core courses (up to 12 additional hours) before taking any post-graduate coursework.
  • Official college transcripts
  • Recommender Contact Information
  • Professional vita

Accreditation & Licensing

Liberty University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. This is the regional accrediting body for southern states.

National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)


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