Grand Canyon University

M.Ed. in Special Education: Moderate to Severe (NITL)


3300 W Camelback Rd

Phoenix, AZ 85017

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

M.Ed. in Special Education: Moderate to Severe (NITL)

Format: Online

Program Description:

What Is a Non-Licensure Master’s in Special Education?

The Master of Education in Special Education – Moderate to Severe (NITL) program is designed for individuals with a bachelor's degree in any field who are interested in the education of children with moderate to severe special needs. This program does not lead to teacher licensure, but it covers topics including ethical and legal practices, collaboration with internal and external stakeholders, and diagnosis and assessment in special education. It also includes characteristics of intellectual, physical and health impairments, as well as the implementation of communication and behavior strategies. Classroom management methods, classroom structures and educational planning are also explored. In order to complete the 100 hours of field experience, candidates must have access to K-12 special education settings with a moderate to severe population.

Why Get Your Online Special Education Degree at GCU?

With more than 70,000 online students, GCU specializes in online learning and strives to provide students with the quality education needed to get ahead coupled with the flexibility needed to thrive in today’s busy world. GCU’s online degrees are an affordable option that offers students control over their own schedule, achieving balance in their personal and professional lives.

NITL Special Education Degree vs. ITL Special Education Degree

Courses for both licensure and non-licensure education programs are taught by experts in their respective fields who share knowledge and experience. This non-licensure program does not include a student teaching component though and therefore does not meet requirements to lead to licensure.

What Can I Do With a Master’s in Special Education?

Graduates of the program are prepared to work with individuals with moderate to severe exceptionalities and implement individualized educational plans to accommodate various student needs. Graduates of this program are equipped to become a special education teacher in a public, private or charter school that doesn’t require certification, as well as a teacher in a hospital or residential service provider where a non-institutional recommendation is not needed.


North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

Facts & Figures

# of Credits Required: 39

Classification: Master's College or University I

Loans Offered: Perkins Loan, Stafford Student Loans, PLUS Loans, Leveraging Educational Assistance Partnership (LEAP) State Grant, Arizona Post-Secondary Education Voucher Program State Grant, Federal Pell Grant, Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG)

Locale: Large City

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