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 MS 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 for individuals with exceptionalities.
  • Assemble and evaluate data about individuals with exceptionalities 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.

Now earn your degree in as little as 12 months for less than $10,000. Learn more.

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Completion Requirements

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

This sequence represents the minimum time to completion. 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.

Additional Learning Outcomes for the Special Education Specialization (Non-Licensure)

Graduates of this program will be prepared to:

  1. Advocate for legal and ethical policy that supports high quality education for individuals with exceptional learning needs.
  2. Provide leadership through effective communication and use of technology to promote practices and procedures that support and respect all individuals and result in positive, productive work environments.
  3. Use educational research to increase expertise, improve instructional and intervention techniques and materials, and foster an environment that supports instructional improvement.
  4. Plan, present, and evaluate professional development for self and others that focuses on supporting student access to learning through effective teaching strategies, curriculum standards, and assistive technology.
  5. Collaborate with multiple stakeholders to improve instructional programs at the school and systems levels and develop procedures to improve management systems.
  6. Create supportive environments that safeguard the legal rights of students and their families.
  7. Understand the significance of the role of collaboration and promote understanding, resolve conflicts, and build consensus among both internal and external stakeholders.


Course Code Course Credits
Course Code EDUC 6610 Course Teacher as Professional Credits (3 sem. cr.)
Course Code EDUC 6640 Course Designing Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment Credits (3 sem. cr.)
Course Code EDUC 6780 Course Exploring Leadership, Collaboration, and Consultation Credits (3 sem. cr.)
Course Code EDUC 6781 Course Special Education: Honoring Due Process Credits (3 sem. cr.)
Course Code EDUC 6727 Course Strategies for Teaching English as a Second Language Credits (3 sem. cr.)
Course Code EDUC 6782 Course Supporting Effective Evaluation and Assessment Practices Credits (3 sem. cr.)
Course Code EDUC 6783 Course Creating Effective Behavior Interventions Credits (3 sem. cr.)
Course Code EDUC 6784 Course Adapting Instruction Using Evidence-Based Strategies Credits (3 sem. cr.)
Course Code EDUC 6785 Course Implementing Literacy-Based Instructional Interventions Credits (3 sem. cr.)
Course Code EDUC 6733 Course Action Research for Educators Credits (3 sem. cr.)

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.

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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