Master of Education in Special Education for Certified Special Educators Advanced Program for Continuing Professional Education

The Master of Education in Special Education for Certified Special Educators is designed for licensed K-12 special education teachers who are interested in advanced studies in special education in order to become experts in their field. Others interested in this masters degree in special education wish to excel to a leadership position such as a special education director.

Courses are taught by experts in their respective fields who share knowledge and experience in areas of learning disabilities, intellectual disabilities, emotional and physical disabilities, and other physical and cognitive impairments. This degree in special education involves a study of topics including: Special education program development and funding, inclusion and collaborative practices, assistive technology in special education, assessment in special education, strategies to teach individuals with learning disabilities, strategies to teach individuals with emotional and behavioral disorders, strategies to teach individuals with intellectual disabilities, strategies to teach individuals with physical and health implications, and management and strategic instruction practices for students with special needs.

Geared toward individuals who are already licensed as special education teachers, this masters degree in special education does not lead to licensure but may lead to career advancement. Program applicants must submit a copy of a current special education teaching license. In addition, it is essential for students to have access to a K-12 special education classroom to complete the program assignments.

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.

Online and Evening program disclosures      

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