A Career in Special Education

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Special education teachers are in high demand. In most regions of the U.S., special education teachers can easily find work in their field.

In some states, special education teachers must possess a bachelor’s degree but in many states, special education teachers must possess their Master of Science in Special Education, or earn it while they teach.

Benefits of an Online Degree

If you already have your bachelor’s degree in teaching and need to earn your master’s degree to teach special education, earning your degree online permits you to keep working as you go through the course of study. An online degree provides the flexibility to work at your own pace.

What to Expect

A master’s degree in teaching from an accredited online university prepares you to teach students with mild to moderate cross-categorical disabilities in grades PK – 12th grade. You’ll graduate with the knowledge to earn your state’s required licenses for special education teachers and you will complete a capstone project that shows you’ve mastered the demands of the field.

You’ll work closely with a mentor who will help you enhance your teaching talents and prepare you for the unique demands of special needs children.