M.S. Special Education

Degree Overview

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.

Who the program is for

  • Licensed teachers with bachelor’s degrees who are interested in moving into special education instruction.
  • Individuals who can typically spend 15 or more hours per week on their studies.

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."

This program will be flexible and adaptable to your schedule. Click here to learn more about how your program works.

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What You'll Learn

Essential Knowledge and Skills

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 capstone project.

Key Subject Areas
These Courses Add to Your Credentials

  • Special Education
  • Research Fundamentals
  • Instructional Design and Performance Improvement
  • Capstone Project

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Capstone Project:
The online M.S. in Special Education (K-12) degree program also requires the successful completion of a capstone project.

The capstone project 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.

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Questions & Answers

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Will my state recognize my degree?

Yes. The WGU Teachers College currently serves over 10,000 students throughout the United States. Our master’s degrees are accepted as innovative, leading-edge, credible programs. All teaching programs at WGU are also NCATE-accredited. Speak to an Enrollment Counselor for more details. You can also learn more about WGU’s Student Success and Performance Data.

How will I complete my degree?

As a WGU student you will combine the knowledge you already possess with online courses and independent learning resources to prepare for rigorous assessments that measure your progress in the program. Together with your mentor, you will develop a Degree Plan based upon your personal strengths and weaknesses. You can learn more by exploring the WGU Experience. Speak to an Enrollment Counselor who can explain the program in more depth.

Is financial aid available?

Yes, WGU offers federal financial aid. Loans are available to most students, regardless of financial need, and grants that don’t requirement repayment are available for those with financial need. You can check into your financial aid eligibility at any time during the admissions process. Learn more from an Enrollment Counselor or visit the Financial Aid section of the website.