Master's Degree in Special Education

Requirements

Am I qualified to get into an online special education master’s program?

Degree

Bachelor's

Transcripts

Undergraduate

Recommendations

2-3 Letters

2 to 3 from professors only

Writing Samples

Sample + Statement

One undergraduate writing sample between 1k and 3k words and a statement of intent

Tests

GRE

The majority of graduate education schools require this test, though some unorthodox programs may waive all entrance exams.

Additional Requirements

Teaching License

Some programs ― certainly not all ― require students to have already obtained their teaching license in order to apply.

Prerequisite Coursework

Many schools require students to have already taken a number of education or psychology courses, often advanced undergraduate classes with prerequisites of their own.

What undergraduate degrees do special education master’s students typically hold?

  • Education
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Anthropology

What can I do to better my chances of getting into an online master’s program in special education?

  • Sit in or volunteer in a special education setting, be it a classroom or after-school program.
  • Complete on the job training related to your field of interest (ASL, Autism awareness, etc).
  • Assist a tutor who works with special needs students or, if possible, become a tutor yourself to a special needs student.

Financial Aid

What scholarships and grants are available to online special education master’s students?

Careers & Salary

Upon graduation from an online special education master’s degree program, what skills will I have?

  • A range of traditional and nontraditional teaching strategies
  • An understanding of the physical, emotional, and mental manifestations of learning disabilities and intellectual disabilities
  • The ability to differentiate instruction in the classroom
  • An understanding of the policies behind special education in the U.S.

Once I’ve earned my online master’s in special education, what will my job prospects look like?

  • Speech-Language Pathologist

    • Annual Mean Wage

      $68,350
    • Total Jobs, 2013

      134,100
    • Total Jobs, 2022

      159,579
    • Job Outlook, 2013-22

      +19%
    • State with Higest Pay

      Nevada — $96,160
    • City with Highest Pay

      Las Vegas-Paradise, NV — $111,430
    • State with Highest Job Concentration

      West Virginia — $49,370
    • City with Highest Job Concentration

      Weirton-Steubenville, WV-OH — $49,620
  • Special Education Teacher, Preschool

    • Annual Mean Wage

      $57,770
    • Total Jobs, 2013

      24,420
    • Total Jobs, 2022

      25,885
    • Job Outlook, 2013-22

      +6%
    • State with Higest Pay

      Virginia — $73,900
    • City with Highest Pay

      Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV — $89,310
    • State with Highest Job Concentration

      Louisiana — $47,770
    • City with Highest Job Concentration

      Syracuse, NY — $48,120
  • Special Education Teacher, Secondary

    • Annual Mean Wage

      $60,090
    • Total Jobs, 2013

      133,490
    • Total Jobs, 2022

      141,499
    • Job Outlook, 2013-22

      +6%
    • State with Higest Pay

      New York — $76,350
    • City with Highest Pay

      Nassau-Suffolk, NY — $93,780
    • State with Highest Job Concentration

      Vermont — $51,450
    • City with Highest Job Concentration

      Ocean City, NJ — $70,850
  • Special Education Teacher, Middle

    • Annual Mean Wage

      $58,420
    • Total Jobs, 2013

      96,770
    • Total Jobs, 2022

      102,576
    • Job Outlook, 2013-22

      +6%
    • State with Higest Pay

      Maryland — $74,490
    • City with Highest Pay

      Nassau-Suffolk, NY — $89,490
    • State with Highest Job Concentration

      Maryland — $74,490
    • City with Highest Job Concentration

      Springfield, OH — $46,620
  • Special Education Teacher, Elementary

    • Annual Mean Wage

      $56,460
    • Total Jobs, 2013

      198,350
    • Total Jobs, 2022

      210,251
    • Job Outlook, 2013-22

      +6%
    • State with Higest Pay

      Alaska — $74,080
    • City with Highest Pay

      Lake County-Kenosah County, IL-WI — $87,920
    • State with Highest Job Concentration

      New Jersey — $64,600
    • City with Highest Job Concentration

      Haverhill-North Andover-Amesbury, MA-NH — $58,720

Source: Occupational Outlook Handbook and Occupational Employment Statistics, Bureau of Labor and Statistics; Collected July 2014

* Highest concentration of jobs refers to the location with the highest number of jobs (by field) for every thousand jobs. Average annual wage is then identified for the career in each location.

Resources

What are some of the most important publications in the special education field today?

What RSS feeds related to special education are worth subscribing to?

  • Education Week: This nationally recognized publication has a number of RSS feeds, including one specific to special education; topics range from public policy and legislation to classroom strategy application.
  • The Journal of Special Education: This journal allows users to subscribe to an RSS feed of the current issue, recent issues, OnlineFirst article, most frequently read articles, and most frequently cited articles.
  • New York Times Special Education (Handicapped): This feed collects all articles from the NY Times education section that pertain to children with special needs and/or disabilities.
  • National Center for Special Education Research: The NCSER publishes articles on emotional, behavioral, and biological research related to learning disabilities, intellectual disabilities, and physical handicaps.
  • National Association of Special Education Teachers: This organization publishes numerous practical articles, generally in a conversational tone, for professionals working in special education.

Programs

  1. Arizona State University

    36 Master’s Programs Available

    Address & Contact Info

    • University Drive and Mill Avenue
    • Tempe, AZ
    • (480) 965-2100

    Campus Info

    • School Type: Both Online and Campus
    • Campus Setting: City: Midsize
    • Student Population: 81,789
    • Number of Masters Degrees Awarded Each Year: 8014

    Master’s Programs Available

  2. Arkansas State University-Main Campus

    7 Master’s Programs Available
  3. Asbury University

    19 Master’s Programs Available
  4. Ashland University

    10 Master’s Programs Available
  5. Azusa Pacific University

    14 Master’s Programs Available
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