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Master of Education Special Education Online

Complete Coursework: as few as 12 months Credit Hours: 50 Tuition: $13,163
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Program Overview


Gain the credentials to advance your career in a rewarding, high-demand field in the Master of Education – Special Education online program from Eastern Washington University.

The flexible online format enables educators to continue working while earning a master's degree from the leader for educator preparation in the Northwest in as few as 12 months.

Deepen your insight into all aspects of inclusive education for students with disabilities in P - 12. Coursework is 100 percent online. Focus on designing instruction for students with low- and high-incidence disabilities. Increase proficiency in managing student behavior and social interaction skills and their assessment. Learn about the diagnosis and evaluation of exceptional students and how to nurture the unique skills of young children in school settings.

This program meets the requirements for an add-on endorsement in special education for teaching certificates in the state of Washington.* For working special education teachers who have obtained a special education endorsement on a teaching license at the undergraduate level, an M.Ed. can increase earnings potential and open up leadership opportunities in special education.

Through curriculum aligned with the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) standards, this program also provides an opportunity for general education teachers to earn a second endorsement in a specialty area*, in addition to the potential for career advancement.

Graduates of this online M.Ed. program will be prepared to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the field of special education and disabilities as measured by passing the Washington State National Evaluation Series tests
  • Think critically about new research and current issues in education and special education and apply this information to problems of practice
  • Support the inclusion of students with disabilities in the K-12 public school system
  • Administer, interpret, use and communicate assessment information in the delivery of special education services
  • Deliver specially designed instruction that is evidence-based, meets Washington State and Federal legal requirements, and improves the lives of students with disabilities
  • Collaborate with families, teachers, school staff and the community in the delivery of special education services
  • Produce legally correct and professionally appropriate special education documents (such as individualized education programs, evaluation reports, functional behavior assessments, positive behavior support plans and lesson plans) and communicate the contents of these documents as appropriate and needed for the delivery of special education services.

*To earn the special education teaching endorsement in Washington State, you must hold an initial endorsement in another endorsement area other than special education, early childhood special education, bilingual education, English language learner, secondary general science or traffic safety. For out-of-state students, you should check certification requirements in your state.

Courses

In order to earn the Master of Education – Special Education online, you must complete 12 courses (50 credit hours), comprised of 14 credit hours of core courses (including an internship) and 36 credit hours of specialization courses. All courses are six weeks in length.

To see the full list of M.Ed. – Special Education online courses, view courses.

Admissions

As an applicant for the Master of Education – Special Education online degree program, you must hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution and submit transcripts verifying a cumulative undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0. You also must hold a valid teaching certificate.

To learn more about our M.Ed. – Special Education online admission requirements, view admissions.

Tuition

As a student in the Master of Education – Special Education online degree program, you can pay for each course as you enroll. There is a $75 non-refundable application fee. Tuition is the same for students living in Washington or outside the state.

To learn more about our M.Ed. – Special Education online tuition, view tuition.

Calendar

With seven start dates each year, the Master of Education – Special Education online degree program is convenient and accessible. Before beginning, you should consider application date deadlines, turn in all required documentation and fees, register for classes and pay tuition to begin on your desired start date.

To see the full calendar of upcoming start dates for the M.Ed. – Special Education online, view calendar.

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Courses


The Master of Education – Special Education online curriculum is comprised of 12 courses (50 credit hours), including 14 credit hours of common core courses and 36 credit hours of specialization courses.

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You must take the following courses.

Duration: 6 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 4

The purpose of this course is to teach students to consume and conduct single-case and single-subject research in educational and community settings. Students will gain an understanding of the conceptual background underlying this research approach. Students will also learn about the historical background of the development of these design approaches, basic logistical barriers to and solutions for carrying out research in applied settings, and the procedures of carrying out such research.

Duration: 6 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 4

The purpose of this course is to teach students how to build a school-wide multi-tiered system of support (MTSS). The MTSS framework encompasses tiered systems such as response to intervention (RTI) and positive behavioral interventions and supports (PBIS), and is designed to help all K-12 students succeed. Students will learn about effective instruction, the role of school teams, implementation in action, assessment, problem solving and data-based decision making.

Duration: 6 weeks   |   Credit Hours: varies per program

Practical, on-the-job experience for specialized school personnel planned cooperatively by a school district and the university. Students are selected for this experience by the university and the district in which the student is working.

You must take the following courses.

Duration: 6 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 4

The purpose of this course is to give students an accurate, objective overview of: special education services, special education legislation, historical backgrounds, educational approaches, etiologies of disabilities and characteristics of individuals with disabilities.

Duration: 6 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 4

The purpose of this course is to give students the knowledge of evidence-based teaching methods that support the inclusion of students with disabilities in the general education classroom. Students will learn about the big ideas of instruction in reading, writing, math and spelling. They will gain an understanding of principles of explicit instruction and specific strategies to differentiate instruction for students with disabilities included in the general education classroom.

Duration: 6 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 4

The purpose of this course is to give students the knowledge of the principles of behavior and experience assessing behavior and developing effective management strategies in classrooms. Students will learn vocabulary and methods for explaining behavior and promoting positive social behavior. Students will study a range of topics from principles of reinforcement and punishment to methods of analyzing the effectiveness of an intervention.

Duration: 6 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 4

The purpose of this course is to give students the knowledge and skills to implement evidence-based academic intervention programs commonly used with students with disabilities to teach reading, writing, spelling and math. Students will learn about the research base for these programs and gain practice teaching with them.

Duration: 6 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 4

The purpose of this course is to give students the knowledge and skills to evaluate, interpret, select, develop, and use formal and informal assessment tools specifically for individuals with special needs. Students will gain an understanding of the professional and legal guidelines that must be followed when assessing students in the process of special education service delivery.

Duration: 6 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 4

The purpose of this course is to give students the knowledge and skills to implement instructional techniques and skills for working with children and youth who have severe disabilities. This course will include information on how to evaluate, plan and implement community-based interventions based upon current best practices and philosophical priorities within the field. The focus will be on techniques and strategies that lead to independent and generalized behaviors.

Duration: 6 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 4

The purpose of this course is give students the knowledge and skills to participate in the writing of legally-compliant Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) for students with disabilities that reflect best practices in the field of special education. Knowledge of legal requirements and how to collaborate with students, educators, parents and community agencies in this process will be emphasized.

Duration: 6 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 4

The purpose of this course is to give students the knowledge and skills to teach young children with disabilities in the public school system. Students will learn about the unique needs of young children and approaches to providing interventions for young children with disabilities. Students will learn to plan, implement and evaluate developmentally and individually appropriate curricula and intervention techniques.

Duration: 6 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 4

The purpose of this course is for the student to prepare reflections and evidence to document her/his knowledge and competence in the Washington State Special Education Competencies for an add-on endorsement in special education as established by the Professional Educator Standards Board (PESB). The student provides a formal presentation of her/his electronic portfolio as a culminating experience in the program. Prerequisites: SPED 500, SPED 510, SPED 515, SPED 530, SPED 540, SPED 550, SPED 560, EDUC 695.

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Admissions


Let's get started! The admission process is the first step toward earning your online degree. Familiarize yourself with these requirements for the Master of Education – Special Education online program, along with information on required documents.

M.Ed. – Special Education Online Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 in all undergraduate work
  • Transcripts from all previous colleges/universities attended
  • Valid teaching certificate

If you need to submit official documents by mail, send them to:

Graduate Studies
206 Showalter Hall
Cheney, WA 99004

Have a question? Call us at 800-826-3411 800-826-3411.

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Tuition


Tuition for the Master of Education – Special Education online degree program is the same for in-state and out-of-state students. All fees are included, except for a $75 application fee.

Program Per Credit Hour Per 4-Credit Hour Course Per Program
Master of Education – Special Education $263.26 $1,053.04 $13,163
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Calendar


The Master of Education – Special Education program is delivered in an online format that is ideal for working professionals, conveniently featuring seven start dates each year. All courses are six weeks in length. Choose the start date that's best for you.

Session Program Start Date Application Deadline Registration Deadline Tuition Deadline Last Class Day
Winter I 1/7/2019 12/20/2018 1/2/2019 1/5/2019 3/22/2019
Winter II 2/19/2019 2/4/2019 2/13/2019 2/17/2019 3/31/2019
Spring I 4/8/2019 3/25/2019 4/3/2019 4/6/2019 5/19/2019
Spring II 5/20/2019 5/6/2019 5/15/2019 5/18/2019 6/30/2019
Summer I 7/8/2019 6/24/2019 7/3/2019 7/6/2019 8/18/2019
Fall I 9/23/2019 9/9/2019 9/18/2019 9/21/2019 11/3/2019
Fall II 11/4/2019 10/21/2019 10/30/2019 11/2/2019 12/15/2019
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