University of North Dakota

Online & Distance Education

MS in Special Education



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Master of Science (MS) in Special Education

Format: Online

Program Description:

The online Master's Degree in Special Education prepares you to serve students with mild to moderate disabilities by qualifying you to: -Diagnose difficulties for children and young adults. -Plan curricular approaches. -Develop and deliver instructional programs with the help of other pertinent professionals in the school. -Work with students in one of the following emphasis areas: -General Special Education -Autistic Spectrum Disorders -Development/Cognitive Disabilities -Early Childhood Special Education -Emotional Disturbance -Gifted/Talented -Learning Disabilities -Special Education Strategist -Visual Impairment With the online Master's Degree in Special Education, you will: -Learn concepts, practices, and approaches that benefit children with various difficulties. -Apply what you have learned in a practicum/internship setting so you can further refine diagnostic and prescriptive skills with children and young adults. -View your specialty within the broader context of the school setting by becoming familiar with issues, trends, and research that mark contemporary education. -Be encouraged to have an inquiring and questioning attitude toward your profession. -Become conversant with the literature of the field and be encouraged to be a lifelong learner. Fully online, you will participate in some classes that are conducted "live" over the internet at set times that are convenient for most students. In addition, you will participate in weekly chat sessions using Web-conferencing technology. You are NOT required to come to campus at any time. Pay in-state tuition for online courses regardless of where you live. Compared to paying the out-of-state tuition rate, this can translate into big savings for you!


Accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and approved by the Council for Exceptional Children. The University of North Dakota as a whole is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

International Student Requirements:

If English is not your native language, you must complete the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) prior to admission. If you have received a bachelor’s degree or higher from the United States or English-speaking Canada, you are not required to fulfill the English test requirement.

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: No

International Financial Aid: No

# of Credits Required: 32+

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Intensive

Locale: Small City

Size & Settings: 10,000-19,999

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