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Special Education, MEd

No matter where you’re located, you can earn your master’s degree and prepare to educate learners in grades K–12. Remote coursework allows you to earn a top-ranked master’s degree in as few as three semesters.


Program description

The MEd program in special education prepares students to further their knowledge of special education for learners in grades K–12 with mild-moderate disabilities. It is designed for individuals who do not need to obtain teacher certification. The program builds on connections between educational design and decision-making and is designed to foster strong professional growth and leadership development.

All courses are offered remotely, and students select one of two modalities: 

  • ASU Sync offers regularly scheduled evening classes via synchronous learning over Zoom. Instructors and students are not in the same physical space but do meet at the same time, offering a live learning experience with peers and faculty. Students completing the program through ASU Sync must apply and be admitted to the ASU Tempe campus, although classes do not meet on campus. ASU Sync students need to reside in Arizona throughout the duration of the program.
  • ASU Online offers classes via asynchronous instruction. Instructors and students are not in the same physical space and do not meet at the same time, allowing students to complete coursework on their own schedules. Students completing their program through ASU Online must apply and be admitted to the Online campus. 

This program can be taken in three continuous semesters allowing students to complete the program in one year. Students can also enroll part-time over additional semesters.

Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College faculty actively engage in the educational research community, bringing new and relevant knowledge into the program. Students engage in their own research through applied project coursework, deepening their knowledge and improving their practice through research, critical evaluation and application of education concepts. The program culminates in an applied action research project in which students apply what they’ve learned to address a challenge in special education. 

The master's degree does not lead to teacher certification. Students interested in certification should enroll in the MEd Special Education (Teacher Certification) program.

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At a glance: locations and start dates

ASU Sync*: Fall

ASU Online: Spring, Summer, Fall

*Students completing their program through ASU Sync must still apply and be admitted to the ASU Tempe campus.

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Career outlook

Graduates are prepared to start or advance in educational careers working with diverse learners in grades K-12 in roles that do not require certification. Students gain skills in instruction, assessment, educational research and collaborating in teams --- all of which prepare them to successfully work in schools and other community-serving organizations. Roles may include noncertified educators in charter or private schools or educators in non-school settings

This program also may be suitable for certified teachers who do not have an undergraduate or graduate degree in education.

Program contact information

If you have questions related to admission, please fill out the request information form and an admission specialist will contact you directly. For questions regarding faculty or courses, please use the contact information below.

Cost and aid

Admission requirements

You must fulfill the requirements of both the Graduate College and Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College.

You must also have earned a bachelor's degree in any field from a regionally accredited institution. Minimum GPA: 3.0 (in the last 60 hours of your first bachelor's program). If you don't meet the GPA requirement, you may be eligible for provisional admittance or a non-degree pathway.