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M.Ed. Special Education

30-51 credit hours*

We offer the lowest-priced online M.Ed. in Nebraska and the Concordia University System.

Nebraska Residents & Lutheran Educators $340 PER credit hour

$425/credit hour rate outside of Nebraska

Through our Lutheran Guarantee, Lutheran Educators from around the world qualify for our special rate.

Class Type
100% online, 8-week courses

Accreditation
NCATE

Time to Degree
24-34 months

In the United States, 7.3 million public school students receive special education services, according to recent numbers by the National Center for Education Statistics. That’s 14% of all public school students and nearly a million more students than in previous years. 

These numbers reflect a growing need for teachers who can create an inclusive classroom environment and reach students with various learning styles. Concordia University, Nebraska’s M.Ed. in special education prepares you to do so. We offer a holistic introduction to special education principles, inclusive practices and teaching strategies for students with disabilities. At Concordia, you’ll experience a program that continues a Lutheran tradition of rigorous academics, grace-filled peer mentorship and vocational preparation. 

In our special education master’s program, you’ll learn concepts and skills you can apply to your own classroom to better serve students of all abilities. If you choose, you can go on to earn your teaching endorsement in special education to work specifically with students with disabilities. Regardless of your ambition, a master’s in special education program offers you the opportunity to better connect with all your students starting on day one of your course work.   

We believe the only classroom you should step into is your own.

Through our entirely online program, you can work at your own pace from the comfort of your home. We strive to be flexible and honor your many callings and commitments in life during your study while also striving to stretch, challenge, inspire and equip you to thrive as an educational leader now, and in the future. 

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Master’s in Special Education Program Highlights 

At Concordia Nebraska, you’ll join a distinctive master’s in special education online program that teaches you how to successfully create and lead an inclusive K–12 classroom. As part of your special education master’s degree, you’ll explore behavior management, inclusive instructional methods and assessment techniques for students with disabilities. You’ll also learn about current issues in special education and the psychological fundamentals of teaching and learning. Then, you’ll apply your knowledge in practicum as part of several courses in Concordia Nebraska’s M.Ed. in special education program. 

What to Expect in the Online Master’s in Special Education Program

A master’s in special education degree with value(s). Earn your M.Ed. in special education at a Christian, Lutheran university that values your development as a whole person—academically, mentally and spiritually—preparing you for skillful leadership according to your ethics. 

Real-life application of course work. Engage in educating students with disabilities and complete observations in multiple courses throughout your online master’s in special education program. This practicum culminates in five hours of direct contact and five hours of observation. 

A special education master’s program that fits your schedule. Complete your Master of Education in special education degree online from home while you work. 

A holistic special education master’s program. Gain a broad introduction to special education policy, practice and teaching strategies that you can start applying right away in your classroom.  

Special education endorsement options. If you want to work exclusively with students with disabilities, you can complete additional course work to earn a special education endorsement after finishing your master’s degree in special education. We offer special education teaching endorsements for K–6, 7–12 and K–12 students. 

TEACH Grant eligibility. Students who meet requirements for the TEACH Grant may be able to apply grant funds to the Master of Education in special education program. 

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Master's in Special Education Online Faculty

Learn from experts in special education who bring faith, years of experience and specialized knowledge to the classroom.

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Master’s in Special Education Online Curriculum  

The master’s degree in special education program at Concordia Nebraska establishes a general foundation in special education practices and strategies. In your course work, you can expect to learn both concepts and skills for working with students who have learning, intellectual or developmental disabilities. Our core Master of Education in special education courses include: 

  • Current Issues and Legal Aspects of Special Education and Inclusion  
  • Outcome-based Instructional Methods in Inclusive Settings 
  • Instructional Methods for Students with Learning Disabilities   
  • Assessment and Evaluation of Diverse Learners 
  • Serving and Leading in Community and World 

At Concordia Nebraska, we believe the only classroom you should step into is your own. Through our entirely online program, you can work at your own pace from the comfort of your home. We strive to be flexible and honor your many callings and commitments in life during your study while also striving to stretch, challenge, inspire and equip you to thrive as an educational leader, now and in the future. 

Master’s of Education in Special Education Program Goals 

After completing your master’s in special education degree online, you’ll be able to: 

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Create safe, inclusive and culturally responsive learning environments that help students become active learners, develop emotional well-being, positive social interactions and self-determination

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Understand how disabilities can interact with development and learning

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Individualize teaching styles for students with disabilities in inclusive settings; 

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Use multiple methods of assessment and data to make educational decisions in inclusive classrooms

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Select, adapt and use a repertoire of evidence-based instructional strategies for students with disabilities to advance student learning

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Collaborate with families, fellow educators and others to address individual student needs in a culturally responsive way

Financial Aid for the M.Ed. in Special Education Program

We’re committed to helping you earn your Master of Education in special education affordably. At Concordia Nebraska, you’ll benefit from the lowest-priced M.Ed. in special education in the state and Concordia University System. We also offer a special rate for Lutheran Educators who want to earn an M.Ed. with value(s), and eligible students may use the TEACH Grant toward earning their online master’s in special education degree. View special education master’s degree costs and financial aid

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Teaching Endorsements

Concordia University, Nebraska offers many teaching endorsements online with our graduate education programs that meet Nebraska state requirements.

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*30 credit hour program length begins for cohorts starting March 7, 2022 and after. For cohorts starting Jan 10, 2022 or before, the program length is 36 credit hours.