The face-to-face Master of Arts in Special Education degree at Appalachian
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
- Two classes per semester with evening meeting times
- Occasional online class or weekend meeting time is possible
- Some online elements may be integrated
- Completion time: two years
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(Note: Not all courses listed may be delivered to App State Online students. Refer curriculum questions to the program contact.)
Eligibility and application requirements
- Hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution
- Meet Graduate School admission criteria
GRE or MAT waivers are available if the applicant has an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or better; and
- 3 or more years of teaching experience; or
- 6 credit hours of graduate coursework at Appalachian State University or other accredited institution, with a grade of “B” or better, within the last 5 years.
No exam waiver is automatic but will require review and approval by the Graduate School upon submission of a complete application. An approved waiver request does not guarantee acceptance into the program. A denied waiver request does not mean that a candidate is denied admission to the program, only that a standardized exam score is needed to more fully evaluate the application. Standardized test scores may be required for scholarship consideration.
Applicants who do not meet the criteria listed above will be required to take the official general GRE or MAT exam in accordance with Graduate School policy.
- Completed online application to graduate school
- Official transcripts must be submitted showing any completed degrees and transcripts showing any coursework completed at institutions other than Appalachian in the last five years
- Three references
- Application fee
This is a program that can lead to licensure or certification. Appalachian State University cannot confirm whether this program will meet the requirements for professional licensure in other states or territories.
If this applies to you, check the U.S. Department of Education for information on licensure requirements and licensing agencies in other states. Or, you may address questions to State Authorization at Appalachian at firstname.lastname@example.org or 828-262-7559.