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Mason’s bachelor's degree in special education is designed to prepare both educators for the classroom and individuals working in special education contexts outside of the classroom with the specialized skills and content knowledge to support the needs of individuals with disabilities.

Students who plan to teach may focus their program on a specific area in the field by adding a licensure concentration. See more information about:

Where Will a Bachelor’s Degree in Special Education Take You?

Many of our graduates will excel working as educators, but an understanding of special education can be important in settings beyond the classroom. For instance, studying special education benefits aspiring consultants, advocates, tutors, parents, curriculum specialists, coordinators, and other practitioners.

How Is Special Education Approached Uniquely at Mason?

Mason houses both Mason LIFE, a program providing a supportive academic environment for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and the Helen A. Kellar Institute for Human disAbilities. Our undergraduates can often be found working on projects done by these leading organizations, giving them valuable real-world experience.

Program Format

Courses are offered in a primarily face-to-face format during the day at the Fairfax campus with some online and evening course options. Students' spend their final semester in a full-day internship applying the knowledge and skills learned through their coursework to the classroom.

Tuition Assistance and Experience

Mason LIFE: The Learning Into Future Environments (LIFE) Program is an innovative post-secondary program at Mason. Students focusing on special education have an opportunity to work as instructors, resident advisors and mentors in the LIFE program which provides them with field experience in a supportive, supervised setting.

Accelerated Master’s

The Accelerated Master’s pathway allows students to apply up to twelve credits, taken while an undergraduate, toward both their Bachelor's and Master's degrees. Additionally, students can take an additional six credits as reserve graduate credit. Students planning to pursue Virginia teacher licensure at the graduate level can declare a concentration in K-12 Adapted Curriculum, K-12 Special Education-General Curriculum, or PK-12 Blindness and Visual Impairments and maximize their program by taking Accelerated Master’s courses that will also apply towards teacher licensure.