Special Education Programs Online

special-educationSpecial education teachers work with students who have special needs such as: learning difficulties, speech and language impairments and other communication difficulties, emotional disturbances, behavioral disorders, physical disabilities, and developmental disorders. But as well as working with students who are learning disabled or developmentally challenged, they might also assist students who are gifted and talented, to help them acquire education and life skills.  In order to do this, they need to create a learning environment to meet the unique needs of each student.

Special education programs provide an excellent means to obtain the requisite knowledge and skills, and to qualify for this rewarding career.  Many students who take this specialization are already licensed teachers and are seeking a license in special education teaching.  The programs can be taken at bachelors, masters and doctoral levels. The fact that these programs are readily available online makes them accessible without leaving employment. This page provides information about special education programs online and on campus, and how they can prepare you for a most rewarding career working with students with special needs.  It provides more detail about the programs and where you can take them.

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Pioneering distance education since 1985, Liberty University is now the nation’s seventh largest university. With more than 300 online and residential areas of study, Liberty offers programs from the certificate to doctoral level.


  • M.Ed. - Program Specialist in Gifted Specialist
  • MA in Teaching - Special Education
  • M.Ed. Teaching and Learning - Special Education
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Take a new step in your education with University of New England. We offer a Master of Public Health degree program that can be completed entirely online.


  • MS Education in Inclusion Education
  • University of New England Graduate Certificate in Education in Inclusion Education
  • University of New England Graduate Certificate in Education in Curriculum & Instruction Strategies
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Work toward your degree online with Concordia University. We offer online Master of Education (M.Ed.) degree programs in educational leadership, and curriculum and instruction.


  • Special Education (Middle Level/High School)
  • M.Ed. in Advanced Study in Special Education
  • M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction: The Inclusive Classroom (SPED)
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Brandman University, part of the prestigious 150-year-old Chapman University system is a private, non-profit regionally accredited university that offers a high quality education for non-traditional adult students.

At Brandman University, students can choose from over 50 undergraduate, graduate, credential and certificate programs in Arts and Sciences, Business and Professional Studies, Education and Nursing and Health professions.


  • Preliminary Education Specialist Moderate/Severe
  • MA in Special Education (Early Childhood Special Educ)
  • MA in Teaching (Special Ed Emph/Mod/Severe)
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Earn your graduate degree online with Northcentral University.  We offer online programs focused on doctoral and master’s degrees in the schools of business and technology management, education, psychology and marriage and family sciences.



  • Special Education - PhD in Education
  • Special Education - Master of Education
  • Special Education - Doctor of Education
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St. Thomas University offers fully online business and education graduate degrees built on a 50-year tradition of scholastic excellence, community leadership, and faith-focused values. Our accredited online programs meet the same high standards of academic quality as our on-campus programs and are designed specifically for working adults – study and complete assignments around your schedule!


  • M.S. in Special Education
  • M.S. in TESOL
  • M.S. in Elementary Education

Regent University prepares students with the knowledge to excel and the faith to live with purpose. Our 20,000 alumni, from more than 110 countries, are changing the world as accomplished professionals. Named a top-15 school nationally for online bachelor's programs (U.S. News & World Report, 2015), Regent is among the most affordable undergraduate Christian colleges (CCCU 2015). Fully accredited, challenging programs are available online and on campus. New classes begin every eight weeks.


  • Master of Education in K-12 Special Education - Licensure
  • Master of Education Individualized Major - Mental Retardation
  • Master of Education in K-12 Special Education - Non-Licensure
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Capella combines outstanding academics with a supportive faculty and staff in a program designed for working adults.

An education that blends theory and practice to fuel your career


  • PhD - Special Education Leadership
  • EdS - Personalized and Competency-Based Instruction
  • EdS - Teacher Leader in Digital Transformation
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Concordia University, Nebraska offers accredited Master of Education and Master of Science degree programs online to help advance your career and become a transformative leader. Our M.Ed. and M.S. programs offer the knowledge and skills required in today’s competitive marketplace. These graduate degree programs are also practitioner-based: study real world solutions in class you can also apply to your current job. A reliable online learning system allows you to learn with other adult students, around your own schedule, and wherever you connect online.


  • M.Ed. In Special Education - Inclusive Practices
  • M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction
  • M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction with Curriculum Supervisor Certification
  • And more...
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