Online Masters in Special Education

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Online, In-Class or Blended?

Offered Online?
Classes meet entirely online.

Offered In-Class?
Classes meet face-to-face at our St. Paul campus or other off-campus location.

Offered Blended?
Course work is completed through a combination of in-class and online class meetings.

Master of Arts in Education - Special Education

Course Length: 7 weeks
Total Credit Hours: 36
Cost Per Credit Hour: $368


The Master of Arts in Education - Special Education is designed to prepare highly effective professional, decision-making, and reflec¬tive educators who are proficient in foundational knowledge; referral, evaluation, planning, and programming; instruction¬al design, teaching, and ongoing evaluation; collaboration and communication, standards of effective practice; and core special education skills including instructional strategies, social/emotional health, social competence, cultural competence, classroom management and academic competence.

This program is an online cohort. In general, you will finish one 3 credit hour course every 7-8 weeks. Face to face meetings are not required; however, a weekly one hour synchronous audio/visual chat is required. You will still complete one 3 credit course every 7 weeks.

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Educ. of Exceptional Learners

A study of historical and contemporary issues in education of learners with differentiated needs.


Tchg Stdts w/Linguistic Diff

A study of the issues and approaches to educating a culturally and linguistically diverse population and those with reading difficulties.


Collab in Inclusive Settings

A Study and applied practice in collaboration teaching between general educators and special educators and paraprofessionals in both settings.


Instruct Strg: Mid/Mod Disabil

An examination of the knowledge and skills needed to learn about and apply instructional strategies in preK-12 classroom settings.


Tchng Stdts/Math or Lang Dif

An examination of the mathematical and writing needs of learners in contemporary classrooms and research-based practices for meeting those needs.


Collaborative Consult. SPED

An examination of techniques with relation to collaborating with parents, caregivers, community services, and other support services to enhance the learning of the learner with special needs.


Intrv: Stdnt w/Emot & Behv Dis

Application of evidenced-based interventions focused on behavioral, psycho-educational, medical and ecological theories for working with youth with EBD in educational settings.


Learners & Disab: Educ Assess

Development of competencies in the use and interpretation of instruments to measure educational achievement, learning discrepancies, and inferential thinking and conceptual development.


Applied Experience in LD

Students complete supervised practice in teaching learners with special needs. Specialized methods and on going diagnosis are used within a clinical setting. (Prerequisites: All course work within specified licensure program.)


Applied Experience in EBD

Students complete supervised practice in teaching learners with special needs. Specialized methods and on going diagnosis are used within a clinical setting. Prerequisites: All course work within specified licensure program.


Educ Research & Applications

Mastering the systematic and rigorous process of posing a focused question, developing a hypothesis, testing the hypothesis, collecting and analyzing relevant data and drawing conclusions.


Research & Complete Capstone

A review and critical analysis of current educational research focused on a specific question. Students complete the capstone project.


1. Apply Online

2. The $50 Application Fee (non-refundable) should be payable to Concordia University by check, money order or pay online. Please allow 2-3 business days for online payment processing.

3. Submit official transcripts from the regionally accredited institution stating the conferral of a Bachelor's degree with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 based on a 4.0 system.

4. Submit a typed personal statement that answers the questions listed below. Completed statements should be labeled with your name, academic program, and your contact information and submitted via mail, email or fax. Each question should be answered in a minimum of 300 words (1 page).

Why are you choosing to pursue a graduate program at this time in your career, and what are you hoping to accomplish by doing so?
What strengths do you feel make you a strong candidate for the program?
Describe a past or present personal/professional experience that you believe positively influenced your potential to succeed in a graduate program.

5. Submit a current, professional resume.

Technology Requirements
Students enrolling in a graduate program must have access to a computer that meets Concordia University's technology requirements. Contact Concordia's Help Desk at or 651-641-8866 with any questions regarding these requirements.

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