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M.A. in Education: Special Education

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Earn Your Special Education Degree in Two Years or Less

Complete focused coursework and prepare to make a positive impact as an educator and advocate in special education.

Complete focused coursework and prepare to make a positive impact as an educator and advocate in special education.

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Help Your Students Achieve Their Potential

The M.A. in Education – Special Education from Greenville University is delivered in a flexible, 100% online format designed for working educators. You will study topics like assessment, characteristics of disability, and research to prepare for continued success as an educator, intervention specialist, or instructional coordinator.

The online special education degree, which includes a Learning Behavior Specialist I endorsement option, is taught by expert faculty who are subject matter experts. It takes a faith-based approach to teaching that is grounded in Christian values. Greenville University is an Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) approved continuing education provider, so you can be confident you’re earning a degree that meets high standards for academic quality.

Career Outlook: Broaden Your Qualifications as an Educator

Due to factors like increased school enrollments and a rise in need for special education services, job outlook for special education teachers is expected to grow through 2028. In fact, Illinois is among the top states in the country for kindergarten and elementary special education teacher employment, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

When you earn your online special education degree from Greenville, you can qualify for professional advancement in this rewarding career path.

Instructional Coordinator:


Instructional coordinators are responsible for developing school curricula and teaching standards. By analyzing student data and working closely with educators, they provide guidance on course content, conduct teacher training, and more.

Special Education Teacher:


These educators teach students with varied abilities, helping them to achieve their full learning potential. They can work with students ranging from preschool to high school. Special education teachers create learning plans for each student, update parents on progress, and adapt lessons to fit student needs.

Career and salary information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Additional careers with an online special education degree:

  • Behavioral Intervention Specialist
  • Learning Disabilities Consultant
  • Special Education Advocate
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Curriculum: Advance Your Knowledge for the Special Education Classroom

Greenville’s special education degree online program includes coursework designed for the special education classroom. You will study the latest methods and approaches for teaching students with varied abilities and complete a capstone research project for practical application.

We also offer a Learning Behavior Specialist I endorsement, which is valid for the grade range of a current Illinois teaching license. To pursue this additional credential, you will complete a clinical practicum in addition to master’s degree requirements.

Course Spotlight: EDUC 513 Special Education Research

Total Credit Hours: 3

Identify problems of practice in the field of special education. Research and utilize current primary source studies (both qualitative and quantitative) and review relevant literature. Learn to locate, comprehend, evaluate, and synthesize these primary studies. Become a critical consumer of evidence-based practices to stay current in the field of special education.

Course Spotlight: EDUC 514 Characteristics of Disability

Total Credit Hours: 3

Investigate the philosophical, historical, and legal foundations of special education. Research the impact disabilities have on the development of an individual and explore strategies to provide support for each student. Using the knowledge of effective written, verbal, and visual communication techniques, collaborate with peers and share decision-making to solve the challenges that are present when a student has a disability.

Explore More Concentration Options

M.A. in Education: Coaching

Complete advanced coursework in athletic administration, character development in athletes, practice and competition planning, and more as you learn to develop winning organizations through proven approaches.

M.A. in Education: Curriculum and Instruction

Prepare for career advancement as a teacher, administrator, or instructional coordinator through advanced coursework in literacy, curricular design, and more.

M.A. in Education: TESL

Learn relevant teaching approaches for culturally and linguistically diverse populations.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Special education classrooms are designed to meet the unique needs of students with varied abilities. In the M.A. in Teaching – Special Education program, you will learn instructional approaches to help each of your students achieve their full learning potential.

No. This program is delivered in a 100% online format, so you can study from anywhere.

The online programs from Greenville University feature the same high-quality teaching and academic rigor as our on-campus offerings. You can be confident you’re earning a valuable degree for continued success.

No. Test scores are not required for admission to the M.A. in Education program.

Applying to the online M.A. in Education program is quick and easy. You can start your free application today! If you have more questions about the process, contact us.

Students can complete this program in 2 years or less, depending on transfer credits and which concentration option you choose.

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