Walden University offers an online special education degree, the Master of Science in Education with a concentration in Special Education for Grades K-12, a Non-Licensure degree program. This program is designed for experienced special educators who wish to enhance their skills by continuing their educations in the field. You will gain skills in leadership and the skills and knowledge needed to support and sustain effective practices for students with exceptionalities. The curriculum synthesizes current research in the areas of neuroscience, assessment, and scientifically based interventions. Coursework examines real-world case studies and virtual scenarios as a means of encouraging collaborative, research-based problem-solving. Students completing this master’s in special education degree online will focus on learning practical strategies, such as investigating current laws and regulations to effectively advocate for special needs students, making informed and effective decisions about education programs after evaluating data, using assistive technology for higher levels of student engagement and learning, and establishing a culturally responsive classroom that supports all levels of learning. Graduates will have produced a practical toolkit that will be used throughout their teaching careers and will be able to create supportive learning environments that also safeguard the legal rights of these students and their families.
An added accelerated option is designed to be completed in 12-months, but time to completion will vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable.
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Program Accreditation & Licensing
Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP)
Program Requirements & Restrictions
Minimum EducationBachelor Degree
Additional Materials May Be Requested, Official College Transcript(s)
Kentucky, New York, Rhode Island