School of Education

Master of Education – Special Education

Education Master’s Degree Program

This online master’s in special education 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 special education knowledge required in Iowa classrooms today.


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Why should I Earn a Master’s Degree in Special Education?

BVU’s two-year master’s in special education 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 the ability to choose from five master’s degree tracks in special education:
   •  Mild to moderate disabilities, K-8 
   •  Mild to moderate disabilities, 5-12
   •  Severe and profound cognitive disabilities
   •  Severe and profound learning and behavioral disabilities
   •  Comprehensive track (includes all four endorsements)

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.

What do I need beforehand?

No GRE required. Save time and money. 

  • A Bachelor of Arts or Science from an accredited institution, with a 2.75 GPA minimum 
  • A valid K-12 teaching certificate or license

Why Study Special Education at BVU?

Learn Completely Online

Earn your master’s degree in special education at your convenience with our easy-to-access, fully online curriculum. With one click, you can view assignments and grades, set up appointments with specialized tutors around the clock, access the student lounge, engage in group discussions, or contact professors. Get the BVU experience on your schedule, wherever you are.

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During a meeting with a professor, I told her that my goal was to eventually go to graduate school and become an early childhood special education teacher. She explained to me that I actually had the opportunity to get it all done at BVU! I am now able to receive my master's degree in special education the year after graduating with my bachelor's degree. By enrolling in the +1 program, I can get everything that I need all from the same place!

Program Tracks, Courses, & Application Requirements

Elevate your skills as an education leader while preparing for endorsement in your area of specialty:

Mild to Moderate Disabilities K-8 | Mild to Moderate Disabilities 5-12

Significant Support Needs, Cognitive | Significant Support Needs, Behavioral | Comprehensive Track (includes all four endorsements)

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  • Application Requirements

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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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Earn a Master’s in 1 Year

With the Plus One program, you can earn your master’s in special education within one year of graduating with your bachelor’s on educational studies.

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