Prepare to make the change to a career that makes a real difference in the lives of others—become a special education teacher. Virginia professionals who want to switch career paths and become K-12 teachers can prepare for new opportunities with Averett University. Our 20-month Master of Education in Special Education is designed to teach you the theory and skills you need to gain initial certification as a teacher in Virginia and earn a Special Education Endorsement.
Offered online through our Graduate and Professional Studies division, this master’s degree program teaches the instructional, assessment, and behavior management skills you need to help all of your students develop their full potential.
This course combines online classes with coached field experiences and student teaching assignments supervised by skilled special education teachers. We have structured the program in an accelerated format that means you can be ready to earn your certification in less than two years.
Graduates of this online Master of Education degree program should be equipped to provide quality instruction and educational support to special-needs students.
Course topics in this program include:
Child development and child psychology
Effective student assessment methods
Evaluating, designing, and implementing curriculum for students of varying abilities
Integrating teaching and technology for disabled students
Developing support teams for special-needs learners
Classroom and behavior management
You will also engage in critical analysis of current research in special education. Your field experiences and student teaching placement will be directly supervised by Averett faculty, who all have years of experience in K-12 classrooms.
he M.Ed. in Special Education for teachers seeking initial licensure and a Special Education endorsement is presented in an accelerated, cohort-based format. This means that a group of students advance through each course in the program in six to ten-week blocks, allowing for intensive study of each concept.
Class sizes are small, ensuring that students have the opportunity to contribute to discussions and projects, and allowing for personal attention from the instructor.