The MEd SPED program is a 30-credit online program designed for professionals who wish to increase their knowledge and skills in providing services to individuals with disabilities. The MEd SPED program supports career advancement in fields such as special education, early intervention, related services, and adult programs for individuals with disabilities. Candidates have flexibility, with the assistance of their academic advisor, to select elective coursework that informs their research emphasis area. There are also two 18 credit pre-established elective course sequences available: (a) Literacy Specialist and (b) Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA).
Class Type, License, & Certification
ONLINE PROGRAM (online, synchronous): All required courses* in the MEd- SPED program are offered online and include synchronous online class sessions in the early evenings. This program does NOT lead to initial teacher licensure.
*Delivery of elective/emphasis courses will vary according to the department in which they are housed. Your advisor can discuss course availability upon acceptance into the program.
Graduates who are licensed to teach special education can use their new degree for career advancement or salary step increases. MEd SPED graduates also pursue employment opportunities in nonprofit agencies serving individuals with disabilities (e.g. Easter Seals, Lanakila Pacific); as well as for-profit, child-serving behavioral health agencies.
|Core Courses (15-18 credits)||
|Program Emphasis (15 - 18 credits)||Candidates will work with their advisor to design a 15 credit course sequence to inform their chosen area of study in special education. Some examples of possible emphasis areas include: Early Intervention, Autism, Mild/Moderate Disabilities, Severe Disabilities, Instructional Specialist, Assistive Technology
As an alternative, there are two 18 credit elective course sequences available:
Please refer to separate emphasis insert for more information.