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Our highly regarded master’s degree program provides skills and knowledge for working in the field of special education. Students have a variety of options for their study and can individualize program content by selecting electives based on their interests or career focuses.

This 30-credit master's degree is designed to prepare both educators for the classroom and individuals working in a special education context outside of the classroom with the specialized skills and content knowledge needed to support the needs of individuals with disabilities. Students may focus their program on a specific area in the field by adding a licensure concentration, or by completing a non-licensure certificate program in conjunction with the MEd.

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

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

Why Choose Mason's Special Education Program?

The special education program was ranked fifteenth nationally (and fourteenth among public institutions) in the 2023 U.S. News & World Report Best Graduate School rankings.

Our online special education graduate program was ranked nineteenth in the country by U.S. News & World Report for 2021. It’s our third straight year in the top twenty and highlights our program’s flexibility.

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 graduate students can often be found working on projects done by these leading organizations, giving them valuable real-world experience.