School of Education

Master of Arts in Teaching- Special Education

Flexible Two-Year Online Graduate Program

Buena Vista University's Master of Arts in Teaching- Special Education program equips individuals who possess a bachelor’s degree with the knowledge, skills, and certification necessary to effectively teach students with unique needs in Iowa. 

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Master of Arts in Teaching

Earn initial certification in K-12 special education

BVU’s Master of Arts in Teaching in Special Education program was created to help meet the growing demand for special education teachers throughout the state of Iowa. It provides an opportunity for career changers and non-certified special education staff to earn initial certification in K-12 special education alongside their master’s degree.

In addition, we believe that earning your degree should be affordable — which is why our program is priced at $495 per credit hour, making it the most affordable in the Midwest.

This program is for individuals with a bachelor’s degree who want to become teachers for students with severe behavior disorders and learning disabilities, or for students with severe intellectual disabilities, in Iowa’s elementary, middle, and high schools.

Those who already have a degree in education and wish to expand their opportunities in special education should seek information for the Master of Education in Special Education program.

Earn your master's degree while working full-time

No GRE required. Save time and money. 

44 credit hours | Cost/credit: $495 | Completed in two years

Graduates will earn a master's degree with an initial teaching
licensure in K-12 Strategist II BD/LD or ID.

Created for working professionals

  • 100% online program
  • Eight-week terms
  • One virtual night class per week

Rolling Application

  • Our next start dates are Aug. 26, 2024 (Term 1) and Jan. 6, 2025 (Term 3).

Two Concentrations:

  • Instructional Strategist II - Behavior Disorder/Learning Disabilities
  • Instructional Strategist II - Intellectual & Disabilities

If you already have your teaching licensure and are looking to further your education, check out our Master of Education- Special here

Program Tracks, Courses, and Application Requirements

Earn Certification for K-12 special education teaching alongside your master's degree.

Instructional Strategist II - Behavioral Disorders/Learning Disabilities (BD/LD) | Instructional Strategist II - Intellectual Disabilities (ID)

  • Instructional Strategist II: Intellectual Disabilities
  • Instructional Strategist II: Behavioral Disorders/Learning Disabilities
  • Application Requirements

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Graduate Education Faculty

Our instructors are committed to helping you build the future in Iowa and beyond.

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No GRE Required

BVU does not require students to take the GRE for admission — saving you time and money. 

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