Help Students Thrive with a Master of Education in Special Education Degree
You love helping children with special needs learn and grow. You are seeking a versatile degree that helps you prepare for a wide variety of careers in the field of education. You want to leave a lasting legacy and make a difference in the lives of your students.
Learn how to design and implement effective school curricula with Liberty’s online Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Curriculum and Instruction – Special Education degree. Our program teaches best methods for helping kids with special needs and learning disabilities thrive academically. You’ll learn how to help children develop the skills they need to succeed in school and in life.
Our M.Ed. in Special Education is a non-licensure program designed to help you take the next step in your career. Maybe you want to work as a teacher, or perhaps you’d like to pursue non-teaching roles in the field of education. Either way, our Master of Education can help you pursue your goals.
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Please note: The M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction – Special Education degree is a non-licensure program. Students can switch to the licensure-track Master of Arts in Teaching program but must meet credit hour and GPA qualifications.
Why get a Master of Education in Special Education?
This degree is a great option for those who want to help students with disabilities succeed in school. You’ll learn how to implement curriculum changes that promote student achievement. Earn your M.Ed. in Special Education today and prepare to make a difference in the lives of your students!
What can you do with a special education master’s degree?
Liberty’s M.Ed. in Special Education can help equip you for many career paths, both inside and outside the classroom. Check out our “Careers” section below for a list of jobs you may qualify for after earning this degree.
What is the difference between a master’s in teaching and a master’s in education?
As you’re preparing for graduate school, one question you may have is “what is the best master’s degree to get in education?” That depends on your interests and career goals. A Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) and a Master of Education (M.Ed.) can both help you grow in your career — but they have some important differences that you’ll want to keep in mind.
An M.A.T. is designed to train students for a career in the classroom. If you want to learn advanced teaching techniques, you may be interested in our Master of Arts in Teaching – Special Education degree. While an M.Ed. can also help equip you for a teaching career, its main purpose is to help you pursue educational leadership roles outside the classroom.
What is the salary for a special education teacher?
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average salary for special education teachers is $61,030. This field is projected to grow 3% from 2019 to 2029.* Our M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction – Special Education provides the training you need to pursue an exciting, rewarding career as a special education teacher!
How long does it take to get a master’s degree in education?
At Liberty, you can complete your online M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction in under 2 years. We offer a fast, flexible path to graduation that lets you finish your degree without putting your life on hold.
Why Choose Liberty University’s Special Education Master’s Degree Program?
As pioneers in distance learning since 1985, we’re committed to providing an education that works for you. This degree is offered 100% online, and the courses have no set login times. Take the next step in your academic journey without relocating or taking time off from work.
We don’t just train educators — we train educators who want to make a positive impact on the next generation. It’s about who you are and who you aspire to become. Earn your M.Ed. at Liberty and prepare to lead with integrity in the education sector.
You’ve been protecting our future — now let us help you protect yours. Earn the degree you want at a price you’ve earned.
- Turn the job you have into a career you’ll love — add a Master of Arts in Teaching to your current skill set and inspire the next generation with your expertise. Save up to 50% on tuition when you do!
- Lead your field with a Master of Education degree, starting as low as $282/credit hour. With over 20 specializations to choose from, you’ll find the fit that will expand your influence and impact your students — for good.
At Liberty, you’ll receive quality academics, affordable tuition rates, and practical training from professors who have years of real-world experience. If you want to study under industry experts who care about your personal and professional success, then our program is for you!
What Will You Learn in Our Online Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction Courses?
Liberty’s M.Ed. in Special Education curriculum can help hone your skill set and broaden your professional capacity. You can develop a solid foundation in current learning theories, then apply those theories to real-world challenges.
Learn how to meet the needs of young learners using intervention strategies, educational technology, and cutting-edge curricula. Throughout this program, you will learn how to enhance your students’ classroom experience and help children of all backgrounds and learning styles succeed.
Liberty’s M.Ed. provides a mix of core education courses and targeted special education classes. Within the specialization, you’ll look at how developmental disabilities, especially autism, can affect children’s performance in school. Equipped with this knowledge, you can prepare to develop instructional strategies, equipment, and classroom settings that meet students’ unique needs.
- EDUC 604 – Foundations of Education
- EDUC 624 – Instructional Methods for Behavior and Learning
- EDUC 626 – Characteristics of Autism Spectrum Disorder and Assessment
- EDUC 629 – Technology and Diversity
Highlights of Liberty’s Master’s in Special Education Instruction
- We are recognized by multiple institutions for our academic quality, affordability, and accessibility. Our commitment to excellence also helped us rank among Niche.com’s top 10 online schools in America. Earning your online degree from a nonprofit university with this kind of recognition can help set you apart from others in your field.
- While other colleges are increasing their tuition, we have lowered our tuition for our Master of Arts in Teaching and Master of Education programs. At $415 per credit hour for full-time students, Liberty University’s M.Ed. program is available at one of the lowest tuition rates for this degree in the country.
- This program is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) through the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).
- You can complete Liberty University’s curriculum and instruction program in under 2 years!
- Our online courses are only 8 weeks long, with 8 different start dates offered each year and no set login times.
- As an online graduate student, you can access a wealth of resources through our top-notch research portal.
- Network with education students, faculty, and professionals from across the country while completing Liberty’s master’s in education.
Online Master of Education in Special Education Degree Information
- This program falls under the School of Education.
- Download and review the Degree Completion Plan for Liberty University’s online master’s in education.
- View the Graduate Education Course Guides (login required).
- This is a non-licensure program. Completion of this degree will not lead to eligibility for a teaching license in Virginia or any other state. Students wishing to become a licensed special education teacher should consider Liberty’s Master of Arts in Teaching – Special Education.
Military Benefits for the Online M.Ed. in Special Education
Liberty University is dedicated to providing world-class educational experiences to military students across the globe. Whether you are a current service member, discharged or retired from service, or the spouse of a service member or veteran, we are here to support you every step of the journey.
As a thank-you for your dedication and service to our country, Liberty is honored to serve and support you in your pursuit of online education by offering the following benefits:
- Tuition discounts – $275 per credit hour for graduate courses
- Additional discount for veterans who serve in a civilian capacity as a First Responder (less than $625 per course)
- 8-week courses, 8 different start dates each year, and no set login times
What Can You Do with a Master of Education in Special Education?
Liberty University’s master’s in education can help equip you to pursue many job opportunities in the world of education. Whether you want to advance in your current field or launch a new career altogether, we can help. Some of the roles you may qualify for after completing this degree include:
- Educational consultant
- Educational diagnostician
- Instructional coordinator
- Special education supervisor
- Special education teacher
- Special education tester
Admission Requirements for Liberty’s Master of Education in Special Education Online Program
A regionally or nationally accredited bachelor’s degree with a 2.5 or above GPA is required for admission in good standing. Please visit our admission requirements page for more detailed admissions-related information.
All applicants must submit the following:
- Admission application
- Application fee*
- Official college transcripts
- Unofficial college transcripts may be accepted with a completed official transcript request form**
- Proof of English proficiency
*There is no upfront application fee; however, a deferred $50 application fee will be assessed during Financial Check-In. This fee is waived for qualifying service members, veterans, and military spouses — documentation verifying military status is required.
**An official transcript is needed within 60 days of acceptance or before non-attendance drops for the first set of matriculated classes, whichever comes first.
*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, at Special Education Teachers (viewed online September 18, 2020). Cited projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions and do not guarantee actual job growth.