Master of Arts in Special Education

Schools and other programs are always in need of qualified, well-trained educators who can work effectively with students who have disabilities. If you're an established, licensed teacher, this program can help you fill this critical position and provide complete support to the exceptional students who need it most. Two programs are offered -- on-campus and online – allowing you to choose a delivery method that suits your goals for your specialization or concentration, schedule, location, and preferred learning style. 


Offered On Campus:

The Master of Arts in Special Education program allows students to earn an Arizona teaching certificate within a master’s degree, providing a strong academic foundation in the principles of special education. Students can choose from six popular teaching certificate disciplines:


Master of Arts in Special Education: Mild-Moderate Disabilities

Prepares teachers with an Arizona certification to teach students with mild disabilities, including behavioral disorders, learning disabilities, mild mental retardation, physical disabilities, and other health impairments.  Advisor: Dr. Carl Liaupsin

Master of Arts in Special Education: Severe and Multiple Disabilities
Prepares teachers with Arizona certification to teach students with severe and multiple physical and cognitive disabilities.  Advisor: Dr. Stephanie MacFarland
Master of Arts in Special Education: Visual Impairment
Prepares teachers with Arizona certification to teach students who are blind or have low vision.  Advisor: Dr. Sunggye Hong


Offered Online:

The University of Arizona College of Education offers several Master of Arts in Special Education programs in a convenient and flexible online format, bringing the transformative power of a UA advanced degree to teachers, wherever they reside.
Offers a comprehensive course of study that explores contemporary findings in behavior analysis, preparing teachers to assist students with ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, and other behavioral disorders.  Advisor: Dr. John Umbreit


Provides certified teachers with the advanced knowledge and techniques needed to support students with hearing disabilities.  Advisor: Dr. Kathryn Kreimeyer

Then online master's degree in special education focusing on disabilities presents a through, in-depth examination of teaching methods and learning structures you can use to create a comfortable learning environment for students with disabilities and special needs. Advisor: Dr. Maria Nahmias
Autism Spectrum Disorder Sequence - Develop the specialized skills and fundamental knowledge needed to assess and teach students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).
Challenging Behavior Sequence - Learn to recognize and address the environmental factors that can affect a student's behavior with advanced coursework.
Gifted Sequence - Build on your understanding of creativity, intelligence, and problem solving to create lesson plans that engage exceptional students.
Sensory Sequence - Complete specialized courses that explore the ways in which sensory impairments impact student development and how to respond to them effectively.

Admissions and Additional Information

For more information about all programs, see the Student Guide to the MA in Special Education
Student Guide to the MA in Special Education

On-campus Admission: For information about each program, contact the appropriate corresponding advisor listed above.
Online Admission:
For information on the Online Master of Special Education in Behavioral Support or Deaf and Hard of Hearing, contact the appropriate corresponding advisor listed above.
For more information about admissions requirements for the Online Master of Arts in Special Education: Disabilities and how to apply. click here

For general information, contact Dr. Carl Liaupsin, Coordinator of Special Education. For application and degree requirements information, visit the department application page.


*Note: Although the majority of the Master of Arts in Special Education –Deaf and Hard of Hearing program is completed online, students may be required to attend some on-campus sessions.

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