Master of Education in Special Education Initial Program - Leads to Initial Teacher Licensure

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This Master of Education in Special Education program is designed for career changers or individuals with a bachelors degree in a field outside of education who are interested in the education of children with special needs in the K-12 setting and also wish to seek initial teaching licensure. Graduates of the masters in special education degree program are prepared to work with special needs populations and implement individualized educational plans to accommodate various learning needs.

In this masters in special education degree program, you will study topics such as: classroom management for students with special needs, structured English immersion, diagnosis and assessment in special education, characteristics of learning disabilities and strategies to teach individuals with learning disabilities, characteristics of emotional/behavioral disabilities and strategies to teach individuals with learning disabilities, characteristics of intellectual disabilities and strategies to teach individuals with learning disabilities, and educational implications for students with physical and health impairments. The special education degree program concludes with a full-time, 16-week student teaching component that must be completed with a certified special educator.

Teacher candidates must have access to a K-12 special education classroom to complete the program assignments. The classroom setting must have at least three of the five disability categories represented: emotional disability, learning disability, intellectual disability, physical impairment, and/or health impairment.

This program is offered in the following formats or locations:


The dynamic capabilities of GCUs online curriculum offer considerable flexibility and convenience for career oriented professionals who are pursuing their educational goals. Full time faculty members, equipped with strong academic backgrounds and practical experience in their fields, support you every step of the way. Our small class sizes provide an intimate environment that stimulates engaging and challenging discussions. Classes begin frequently.


The convenience of GCUs evening programs cater to the demands of working professionals. Evening classes meet once per week and offer the interaction and discussion of a typical college classroom, filled with career minded individuals. Evening class sizes are kept small, providing a warm nurturing environment that supports an engaging experience. Classes begin frequently at various locations.

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* Please refer to the Academic Catalog for more information. Program subject to change.

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