Earn Your Master of Arts in Teaching in Special Education Online

Pursue your passion for helping children with exceptionalities have the best chance at success by earning a quality graduate degree in special education online.

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Program Overview

Discover what our online M.A.T. in Special Education offers you


$512 Per Credit Hour
As few as 18 months Program Duration
30 Credit Hours

The Master of Arts in Teaching in Special Education online program at Eastern Michigan University will give you the knowledge and skills necessary to serve children across the spectrum of special education. This program offers five areas of concentration: Autism Spectrum Disorder, Cognitive Impairment, Emotional Impairment, Learning Disabilities, and Physical and Other Health Impairment.

The Department of Special Education, and Communication Sciences and Disorders at EMU is one of the largest and most comprehensive special education and communication sciences and disorders units in the U.S. Courses are taught by professors with significant practical experience in special education. Field experience is embedded in the coursework.

Potential job titles include special education teacher for students with various impairments. This is a high-demand position in most of the U.S. EMU has almost 100% placement for SPED graduates. In addition to successful completion of all coursework, including the practicum, students will need to pass the Michigan Test for Teacher Certification (MTTC) in their endorsement area in order to have the endorsement added to their teaching certificate.

EMU students are nurtured and supported by our faculty. Graduates have access to a large network of educators and administrators across the U.S.

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Graduates of the Master of Arts in Teaching in Special Education online program will be able to:

  • Collect data for behavior and academic decisions and analyze that data in order to make informed choices for changes to behavioral and academic programming to benefit the K-12 student
  • Gain an understanding of the theory of learning from a neurological perspective, and engage in strong field experiences connecting theory to reality
  • Learn to master diverse modes of inquiry, through careful examination of current research in the field as well as observational research, creating hypotheses for probable cause, then test those hypotheses by implementing new interventions that will benefit the student
  • Acquire and practice the skills to make adaptations for students from diverse cultures, linguistic background, socioeconomic status and abilities

Special Education career opportunities:

  • Special Education Teacher
  • Behavior Intervention Specialist
  • Instructional Coordinator
  • Special Education Teacher
  • Behavior Intervention Specialist
  • Instructional Coordinator

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Eastern Michigan University offers a variety of graduate education programs and a post-master’s certificate online. Check out our other online education programs.

$512 Per Credit Hour
As few as 18 months Program Duration
30-33 Credit Hours

All professional education programs in the Eastern Michigan University College of Education are accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) and approved by the Michigan Department of Education.

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Tuition and Fees

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Whether you reside in or out of state, the M.A. in Teaching in Special Education online program offers the same affordable, pay-as-you-go tuition. Financial aid may also be available for students who qualify.

Tuition breakdown:

Varies Total Tuition
$512 Per Credit Hour

Tuition breakdown:

$512 Per Credit Hour
$15,360 to $16,896 Total Tuition

Calendar

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The M.A. in Teaching in Special Education online program is convenient and accessible—featuring multiple start dates each year. View the full calendar to find the class start that works best for you, along with deadlines for submitting your application, enrolling in courses and paying tuition.

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4/6/24 Next Application Due Date
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AllStart DateApplication DeadlineDocument DeadlineRegistration DeadlinePayment Deadline*
Winter II3/3/242/3/242/12/243/3/243/7/24
Summer I5/6/244/6/244/15/245/6/245/10/24
Summer II6/24/245/24/246/3/246/24/246/28/24
Fall I8/26/247/26/248/4/248/26/248/30/24
Fall II10/16/249/16/249/25/2410/16/2410/20/24

*Please visit https://www.emich.edu/registrar/index.php for Registration and Records part of term deadlines

**Please refer to the Student Business Services website for detailed information regarding payment due dates

***Payment due date is based upon the specific date registered, please visit https://www.emich.edu/sbs/ for more information

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Admissions

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We’ve streamlined the admission process for the M.A. in Teaching in Special Education online program. Please review all admission requirements, what additional materials you should send and where you need to send them.

  • Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • Undergrad GPA of at least 2.7 on a 4.0 scale
  • Teaching Certificate

Master of Arts in Teaching in Special Education Online Admission Requirements

  • Complete an application online and pay application fee
  • Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution, with an undergraduate GPA of 2.7
  • Submit names of two references who are aware of student’s capabilities
  • Submit teaching certificate
  • Official transcript(s) sent from the registrar of the college/university attended

If you need to submit official documents by mail, send them to:

Office of Admissions
Eastern Michigan University
P.O. Box 970
Ypsilanti, MI 48197

Documentation can be sent via email to: [email protected].

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Courses

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In order to earn the Master of Arts in Teaching in Special Education online, students must complete a total of 30-33 credit hours, depending on whether the student currently has a SPED endorsement. Students will take 9 hours of core coursework and 11-12 hours of concentration courses. Additionally, students will take 10 hours if they currently have a SPED endorsement, and 12 hours if they do not. As an online student you will take all your classes with EMU instructors, just like you would if you were here on campus.

Duration: 7.5 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course is designed to provide participants with the knowledge and skills necessary to develop, implement, and evaluate the impact of positive behavioral supports (PBS) for individuals with disabilities. It will include understanding the role of universal design, communication in challenging behavior, identifying the functions of those behaviors, measuring the behaviors, teaching replacement skills serving the same function as the challenging behavior, and using preventative approaches for target behaviors. Measurement of baseline behavior along with implementation of interventions to increase or reduce target behaviors are the focus of this process.
Duration: 15 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Data-based procedures for making educational decisions regarding special education eligibility, program placement, and intervention will be examined. In addition, students will learn best practices in assessment administration and how to communicate and use results effectively. Multiple opportunities for practice and feedback are included.
Duration: 7.5 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course highlights the collaborative role of the special educator working with students of various disabilities who have language and/or communication challenges. Characteristics, traits and pragmatic functions will be reviewed in the context of culture, diversity and social justice. Research-based interventions are emphasized.
The following courses are required for students pursuing their first special education endorsement.
Duration: 7.5 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
The role of the special educator relative to curriculum and transition planning at the secondary level is explored. Topics address all disability areas and settings. An approved field work practicum is required.
Duration: 7.5 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course addresses the reciprocal interactions of families, people with disabilities, and schools. The purpose of this course is to provide students with knowledge of the social, community, and educational needs of families, and how special educators can address them, by understanding collaborative, culturally-competent, family-centered roles, and reviewing current research.
Duration: 15 weeks
Credit Hours: 6
Supervised internship with pupils in local schools and institutions in the disability area of professional preparation.
Students pursuing their second, third, or fourth special education endorsement must choose six credits from the following electives and complete the required practicum course SPGN 586.
Duration: 7.5 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
The purpose of this class is to further develop students’ cultural competency and multicultural teaching skills to create culturally responsive classrooms with learning environments where all students feel safe, affirmed and nurtured.
Duration: 7.5 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Deals theoretically and practically with concerns of teachers and parents regarding deterrents to students’ psychological wellness. Focuses on ecological factors as stressors and strategies to lessen their effects on learners.
Duration: 7.5 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course focuses on the mental health and well-being of the teacher. It is designed to address issues of professional and personal development by challenging students to develop new knowledge and skills and to examine and test, through critical analysis and application, the relevance of course content in their own lives and in the lives of their students.
Duration: 7.5 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Students develop an informed and critical understanding of what mixed methods research is and how to effectively conduct this kind of research in their professional settings.
Duration: 7.5 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
An extensive study of state and federal special education law. Topics include officials’ responsibility under the law, as well as the effects of due process (complaints, administrative law and judicial decisions) on the practice of education.
Duration: 6 weeks
Credit Hours: 4
Supervised practicum with students in local schools and institutions in the disability area of professional preparation.
Duration: 7.5 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
The focus of this course will be to introduce students to information and literature regarding characteristics of ASD and Asperger’s Syndrome (AS), its prevalence, theories on etiology, evidence based intervention models, formal and informal models of assessment and its impact on schools.
Duration: 7.5 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course examines the critical relationship of language and communication skills for children and adolescents with ASD, including the characteristics of speech and language and communication development and strategies for assessing and improving communication in the classroom, at home and in the community.
Duration: 7.5 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Identification of best practices in curriculum design, instructional strategies and techniques are the pivotal components of this course. Students will investigate Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and will develop curricular framework which support the unique learning styles of students with ASD and which permit students the greatest access to education within inclusive settings.
Duration: 7.5 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Participants will demonstrate how the learning, communication, socialization skills and behavioral challenges of students with ASD can be addressed through the use of visual supports and other forms of literacy. Students will understand the relationship between unsupported learning for students with ASD and learn to use visual schedules and other forms of visual support.
Duration: 7.5 weeks
Credit Hours: 4
Students will develop knowledge and skills necessary to the education of students with mild cognitive impairment and other high incidence disabilities in the inclusive general education classroom or cross-categorical self-contained classroom. Topics include clinical and diagnostic teaching, evidence-based curriculums, effective instructional methods and strategies for academic subjects, academic behavior management, IEP development and implementation, and lesson modifications and classroom accommodations. Field Experience is required.
Duration: 7.5 weeks
Credit Hours: 4
This course introduces students to the field of cognitive impairments and related developmental disabilities from perspectives of different systems. Focus is on the medical, historical, political, educational and adult systems that affect persons with cognitive impairment. The range of philosophies influencing educational practices and life management will be discussed.
Duration: 7.5 weeks
Credit Hours: 4
Philosophy, curriculum, assessment, teaching methods and classroom management techniques for students with moderate or severe cognitive impairment, or with multiple impairments. A three-hour per week field experience is an integral component of the course.
Duration: 7.5 weeks
Credit Hours: 4
Teaching methods, techniques and materials for educating elementary age children with emotional impairments will be presented. In addition, types of programs serving elementary age students with emotional impairment, as well as the individualized education program and federal and state rules governing the programs will be discussed.
Duration: 7.5 weeks
Credit Hours: 4
Theories about the etiology of emotional-behavioral impairments is explored and applied to cases that involve children and adolescents. Emphasis is on the ability to analyze abnormal behaviors discussed in a variety of texts from different theoretical perspectives for the purpose of identifying appropriate intervention treatments. A field component is required.
Duration: 7.5 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Review and discussion of contemporary issues in the education of students with emotional impairments. Includes analysis of current research for teachers to implement in their classrooms as well as to advocate for systemic change. Topics for future research may be determined.
Students take the following 3 courses plus an additional 3 hour SPLI course. See your advisor for a list of available courses.
Duration: 7.5 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course introduces students to the learning disabilities field: theory, history, and terminology. Additionally, this course will present in-depth information on processing skills and provide practical skills for identifying the link between academic strengths and weaknesses. This course exposes students to various service delivery models. It offers opportunities to observe individuals with learning disabilities and/or other mild disabilities in three different classroom settings to equal 30 hours of observation.
Duration: 7.5 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course focuses on integrated curriculum (PreK–12) in special education across the areas of mathematics and motor development. Students will gain decision-making experiences in the selection of effective teaching/learning approaches, and explore the selection, uses an evaluation of a broad base of instructional methods and strategies addressing the needs of students with disabilities in a full continuum of special education settings.
Duration: 7.5 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course focuses on the development of effective decision-making strategies in the selection of appropriate teaching/learning approaches in linguistics and language arts. Students will explore selection, uses and evaluation of a broad base of instructional methods and strategies addressing the needs of K–12 students with disabilities.
Duration: 7.5 weeks
Credit Hours: 4
This course introduces students to the field of cognitive impairments and related developmental disabilities from perspectives of different systems. Focus is on the medical, historical, political, educational and adult systems that affect persons with cognitive impairment. The range of philosophies influencing educational practices and life management will be discussed.
Duration: 7.5 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
The impact of chronic illness and physical disability on symptoms, diagnoses, treatments, and prognoses to understand the manifestation of MARSE chronic illness and physical disability. Adaptive/medically necessary equipment, health intervention, and maintenance procedures will be learned with the knowledge of the individual disciplines outside of education that provide ancillary services.
Duration: 7.5 weeks
Credit Hours: 4
This course encompasses information and develops skills needed to develop, implement, and evaluate curriculum and methods for the preschool and elementary physically and otherwise health impaired student. All aspects of cognitive, affective, and psychomotor education are explored. Emphasis is placed upon individualized instruction and programming, adaptations and modification of instructional methods and materials, remediation, communication, problem-solving, decision-making, personal adjustment, prevocational education and leisure activities. A directed classroom laboratory is required.

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