The online Master of Arts in Special Education degree at App State

Make a positive impact on children with learning disabilities. Gain skills and strategies specific to the education of special needs students with the Master of Arts in Special Education program at Appalachian State University.

You’ll focus on effective ways to implement specialized teaching, build effective curricula and collaborate with other professionals to reach the best outcomes for students with intellectual disabilities, learning disabilities and/or emotional/behavioral disorders.

The Master of Arts in Special Education is rooted in evidence-based and research-based practices, which lead to success in a wide variety of settings including schools, private practice, agencies and home environments.

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  • Special education teacher
  • Social services assistant
  • Clinical services

Degree details

Program information

(Not every course listed may be delivered to App State Online students, but you will be offered all courses required for the degree.)

Eligibility and application requirements


Applicants must:

Admissions exam:

An admission exam is not required for this program.

Application requirements:

  • Completed online application to graduate school
  • Resume
  • Unofficial transcripts (or evaluated transcripts for degrees and coursework earned outside of the United States) should be uploaded showing any completed degrees and coursework.
    Note: Official transcripts will be required prior to enrolling.
  • Three references
  • Application fee

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Appalachian State programs that lead to a professional licensure or certificate are intended to prepare students for licensure or certification in North Carolina. Check the Professional Licensure webpage for information on licensure requirements in other states.

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