Special Education (Non-Licensure)(Grades K–12)

Do you want to increase your ability to promote positive social change by meeting the diverse educational requirements of students with special needs? If you are an experienced special educator with the desire to enhance your skills by incorporating the latest developments in the field into your program, this specialization offers a path to continuing professional achievement. Walden’s M.S. in Education with a Special Education specialization synthesizes the most current research in the arenas of neuroscience, assessment, and scientifically based interventions so that you can determine best practices for student learning.

Emphasis on Practical Strategies

  • Design and implement curricula to facilitate standards-based learning of individuals with disabilities.
  • Assemble and evaluate data about individuals with disabilities in order to make effective decisions related to special education programs.
  • Employ assistive technology to promote higher levels of student engagement and learning.
  • Establish and foster a culturally responsive classroom that supports learning at all levels.

Completion Requirements

  • 30 total semester credit hours
    • Specialization courses (12 sem. cr.)
    • Teaching fields and content courses (18 sem. cr.)
  • ePortfolio

Estimated time to completion is 20 to 24 months. Time to completion may vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 1-866-492-5336.

Core Courses

Specialization Courses

Walden University's M.S. in Education program with a specialization in Special Education (Non-Licensure) does not lead to certification or licensure in special education. Walden makes no representation, warranty, guarantee, or commitment that successful completion of this program or coursework for graduate credit within this program, will permit a graduate to obtain state certification or licensure as a special education teacher.


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