Special Education - Non Licensure (Grades K-12)

With the accelerated Special Education (Non-Licensure) (Grades K–12) specialization, you can gain the professional skills and knowledge to help students with special needs thrive while earning your master’s degree sooner and at less cost to you. Through this accelerated MSEd model, you can complete this program in as little as one year for slightly more than $10,000—a 40% tuition savings compared to our traditional specialization in Special Education (Non-Licensure) (Grades K-12).*

Click here for a comparison of the accelerated vs. non-accelerated course sequence.

With this specialization, you will gain leadership skills to support and sustain effective practices for students with exceptionalities. Real-world case studies and virtual scenarios encourage collaborative problem-solving using research-based strategies. Study the latest developments in the field, including current research in the areas of neuroscience, assessment, and scientifically based interventions, to promote positive social change.

Emphasis on Practical Strategies

  • Investigate current laws and regulations to effectively advocate for students with exceptionalities.
  • Assemble and evaluate data about individuals with exceptionalities in order to make effective decisions related to 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.
  • Produce a practical toolkit to use throughout your teaching career.

Tour the Virtual Classroom

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Northgate School, a virtual simulation where you explore authentic scenarios in special education.

Completion Requirements

  • 30 total semester credit hours

While the MSED accelerated program is designed to be completed in 12-months, time to completion will 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 855-646-5286.


Course Code Course Credits
Course Code EDUC 6610 Course Teacher as Professional Credits (3 sem. cr.)
Course Code EDUC 6602 Course Designing Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment (Accelerating) Credits (3 sem. cr.)
Course Code EDUC 6780 Course Exploring Leadership, Collaboration, and Consultation Credits (3 sem. cr.)
Course Code EDUC 6791 Course Special Education: Honoring Due Process (Accelerating) Credits (3 sem. cr.)
Course Code EDUC 6737 Course Strategies for Teaching English as a Second Language (Accelerating) Credits (3 sem. cr.)
Course Code EDUC 6782 Course Supporting Effective Evaluation and Assessment Practices Credits (3 sem. cr.)
Course Code EDUC 6793 Course Creating Effective Behavioral Interventions (Accelerating) Credits (3 sem. cr.)
Course Code EDUC 6784 Course Adapting Instruction Using Evidence-Based Strategies Credits (3 sem. cr.)
Course Code EDUC 6795 Course Implementing Literacy-Based Instructional Interventions (Accelerating) Credits (3 sem. cr.)
Course Code EDUC 6733 Course Action Research for Educators Credits (3 sem. cr.)

Walden University's MS in Education program with a specialization in Special Education (Non-Licensure) (Grades K-12) 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.

Note on Teacher Licensure or Certification
This program does not lead to teacher licensure or certification. Teachers are advised to contact their individual school districts as to whether this program may qualify for salary advancement.

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