Master of Science Special Education (K-12)
WGU’s online master’s degree program in special education will prepare to fill a vital role, teaching students with mild-to-moderate cross-categorical disabilities. The M.S. in Special Education (K-12) program will enhance your teaching skills and provide you with instructional design skills to help you meet the special needs of your students.
Note: WGU is the first exclusively online university to receive NCATE accreditation for its degree programs that lead to teacher licensure, a testament to the fact that WGU graduates have the knowledge and skills to be effective in helping all students learn.
The M.S. in Special Education program prepares students to receive the Special Education license in the state of Washington. Click here for additional details about Washington licensure requirements.
Who the Program is For:
- Licensed teachers with bachelor’s degrees who are interested in moving into special education instruction. This program is not for teachers who are already licensed in special education or who possess a special education degree.
- Individuals who can typically spend 15 or more hours per week on their studies.
This program will be flexible and adaptable to your schedule. Click here to learn how your program works.
What You'll Learn
Essential Knowledge and Skills
We developed our special education program with significant input from experts and educational leaders who serve on our Education Program Council. This online master's degree program in Special Education (K-12) requires the completion of coursework to ensure you have the essential skills and knowledge to teach special education, as well as the completion of a teacher work sample. The M.S. in Special Education is nationally recognized by the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC).
Key Subject Areas
These Courses Add to Your Credentials
Teacher Work Sample
The online M.S. in Special Education (K-12) degree program also requires the successful completion of a teacher work sample.
The work sample is the culmination of your degree program and a chance to showcase what you've learned. You'll work with a real-world situation, developing and proposing a solution to an actual issue in your field. When you've completed it, you'll be able to share it with your colleagues—it will be a great demonstration of your knowledge and skill in special education.