Master of Arts in Education/ Special Education

Master of Arts in Education/Special Education

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Approx. program length:

21 months*

*Individual student completion time may vary depending on calendaring and student teaching schedule.



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Bring your special talents to special education

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In the MAEd/Special Education program, you’ll study:

  • Strategies for measuring students’ strengths and needs
  • Special education laws and their implications for identification, placement, and instruction
  • A range of disabilities, including behavioral, physical, developmental, and the autism spectrum
  • Classroom management and inclusion strategies
  • Structured English immersion

Play an important part in an exceptional student’s educational journey. Our MAEd/Special Education can help you get there.

Support for every step

Wondering how you’ll do it all? We’ve got you covered. You can complete your coursework in as little as 21 months, and you’ll take just one course at a time so you can balance your education with your life.

Plus, you’ll find plenty of support from our dedicated program support specialists who partner with you during your 100 required hours of field experience and student teaching. Our program support specialists also help you navigate the world of state licensure requirements, single-subject certification, and any questions or obstacles you encounter along the way.

Course length:

6 weeks

* Course lengths may vary.

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Requirements and prerequisites

You’ll need 46 credits to complete this program. These may be earned from a combination of required and elective courses. Required courses may vary based on previous experience, training or transferable credits.

Transfer credits

Earn your degree faster. Transfer eligible college credits or you can apply to have relevant experience evaluated for potential college credit. Contact an enrollment representative at 844.YES.UOPX for more information.

Student teaching

During your student teaching experience — one of the final steps to prepare you to pursue employment in the teaching field — you’ll apply your instruction and classroom management skills full time. Working under the supervision of a teacher and a University of Phoenix Faculty Supervisor, you’ll develop lesson plans, teach, work with diverse student populations and incorporate technology into the classroom.

COE Central

College of Education students will find many helpful resources on COE Central. Program handbooks provide a wealth of information on topics such as professional expectations, clinical experiences, clinical practice, internships,  edTPA and much more. Milestone roadmaps, Technology and Multimedia resources, and various toolkits are also available.


Core courses

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Orientation To Teacher Education mte507
Professional Communications com516
Orientation To The Exceptional Child spe513
Mathematics Instruction For Special Education mth575
Models, Theories And Instructional Strategies For Spe spe578
Learning Disabilities And Language And Development Disorders spe584
Structured English Immersion sei500
Advanced Structured English Immersion Methods sei503
Characteristics Of Emotional & Behavioral Disorders spe544
Characteristics Of Physical & Health Disabilities spe556
Characteristics Of Intellectual/developmental Disabilities spe574
Characteristics Of Autism Spectrum Disorders spe576
Special Education Assessment And Interpretation spe512
Curriculum Const And Assmt: Reading And Lang Arts For Spe rdg570
Special Education Student Teaching: Part A spe594
Special Education Student Teaching: Part B spe595

Projected job growth:


According to Bureau of Labor Statistics

Job opportunities

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job growth for special education teachers is projected to be 3 percent between 2018 and 2028. A Master of Arts in Education/Special Education can help prepare you to be a:

  • Special education teacher
  • Intervention specialist
  • Resource teacher
  • Learning support teacher
  • Special education inclusion teacher

Networking opportunities

Access powerful networking tools through our PhoenixLinkTM career services platform. Take advantage of personal career coaching. Search and apply for jobs, or make your resumé visible to employers. And connect with employers and alumni through career fairs and mixers. It’s all about connections. And we help you make them.

Learning outcomes

Along with the knowledge and skills related to the University Learning Goals, students who graduate from the College of Education should gain program-specific knowledge, skills and abilities. Each college or school creates a set of Program Student Learning Outcomes (PSLOs) to describe the knowledge, skills or attitudes students will possess upon completion of the program of study. By the time you complete your MAED/SPE, you should be able to perform these learning outcomes.

Program purpose statement

The Master of Arts in Education/Special Education (MAED/SPE) is a graduate degree program preparing candidates for initial teacher licensure. The graduate degree program is intended for students with no prior teaching experience for initial teacher licensure. The program is designed for students who want to become special education teachers. Candidates for this program have already earned a bachelor’s degree.

The program includes a clinical component requiring field experience and student teaching above and beyond program coursework. As licensure requirements may vary by state, it’s the student’s responsibility to ascertain and meet licensure requirements in any state in which the student desires to practice and to contact the applicable state educator licensure agency to verify current requirements to become a licensed teacher. There may be additional qualifications and/or disqualifications applicable in order to work as a teacher with any local, state or federal entity.

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The goal of accreditation is to ensure that education provided by institutions of higher education meets acceptable levels of quality. Accreditation is your assurance the University meets quality standards.

Institutional accreditation

Regional accreditation is an institution-level accreditation status granted by one of six U.S. regional accrediting bodies. Accreditation by more than one regional accrediting body is not permitted by the U.S. Department of Education.

University of Phoenix is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), Since 1978, University of Phoenix has been continually accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and its predecessor.

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What sets us apart?

When you choose our Master of Arts in Education/Special Education program, you’ll discover:

Dedicated support

You’ll work with dedicated program support staff who will help you through state licensures and other credential processes.

Relevant curriculum

Take one course at a time through a curriculum that focuses on diagnosis and assessment of disabilities and inclusion strategies.

District partnerships

We’ll help you with school placements for your field experience and student teaching through our close partnerships with hundreds of school districts nationwide.

Take the next step

It’s time to let your education prepare you for the next phase of your career. You’ve got the will. And, with a Master of Arts in Education/Special Education degree that can be completed in 21 months, you’ve got the way.

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