Master of Education / Special Education
Northcentral University

Program Details

The Master of Education (MEd) 30 credit program is suited to students who want to combine a strong understanding of current theory and practice in education and/or organizational leadership with their personal needs and career focus. The Master of Education also provides students with the foundational knowledge and skills necessary for doctoral level study. Northcentral offers a standard MEd track with 13 specializations and an accelerated track with 2 specializations designed to be completed in only one year. (The PK-12 Principal Leadership specialization that prepares candidates to meet Arizona State certification requirements requires an additional 6 credit hours).

The Master of Education degree in Special Education at Northcentral University is designed to provide you with a current understanding of the characteristics and needs of individuals qualifying for services under the major areas of exceptionality of the law (IDEA/IDEIA). In this specialization, you will focus on research results, new assessment models, and current perspectives on today’s children, families, schools and communities. You will study a range of topics, including the history of the special education movement, the provisions of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act, inclusion, transition, classroom modifications, and instructional strategies. You will also study how various disabilities may affect individuals and their families, factors that place students at risk, cultural and linguistic diversity, and giftedness. 

As a MEd in Special Education graduate, you will be prepared to pursue roles as lead teachers or department heads of special education within PK-12 educational settings, with the ability to assess and implement specifically designed curriculum for students with disabilities and gifted abilities.


  • Admission to the Master of Education program requires a conferred post-baccalaureate master’s degree and/or doctoral degree from a regionally or nationally accredited academic institution
  • Send your official transcripts from other schools you attended

School Accreditation Statement

NCU is a WSCUC accredited institution. WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC), 985 Atlantic Avenue, Suite 100, Alameda, CA 94501, 510.748.9001, WSCUC is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

Geographic Restrictions

This program is not authorized for residents of Arkansas.