Master of Education - Special Education

Master's Degree
36-39 Credit Hours
Program Starts (Dependent upon program of study): August & October 2019 | January, March, May & July 2020
This online program is intended to advance the skills of practicing professionals. Students combine science, theory, and hands-on field and classroom experience while building a professional network of their own. Our teacher mentors have the real-life experience necessary to provide the knowledge required in Iowa classrooms today.

BVU’s two-year master’s degree program can be accomplished alongside your current teaching career. The master’s program provides the knowledge and strategies to put learning into practice in the classroom right away. Students also have to ability to choose from four master’s degree tracks in special education:

  • Mild to moderate disabilities K-8 or 5-12
  • Severe and profound cognitive disabilities
  • Severe and profound learning and behavioral disabilities
  • Comprehensive track (includes all four endorsements)

Many students also add one of the following endorsements to their master’s degree:

  • Strategist I- Mild to moderate disabilities K-8 and 5-12: Teach students with mild to moderate disabilities in resource, inclusion, pull-out, and push-in models with students having exceptionalities in the area of mild to moderate disabilities.
  • Strategist II:
    • Option 1: Cognitive: Teach students with severe and profound cognitive or physical disabilities in grades K-12.
    • Option 2: Behavior/learning: Teach students with severe and profound behavior or learning disabilities in grades K-12.

All endorsements are designed for Iowa Board Of Educational Examiners approval. Please check with your state for acknowledgement or acceptance of endorsements.


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Dr. Lucas DeWitt
Program Director for for Master of Education - Teacher Leadership, Curriculum, and Instruction and for Master of Education - Special Education
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