Please note: The Bachelors of Arts in Early Childhood Education and in Elementary Education, the Post-Baccalaureate Certificates in Early Childhood and in Elementary Education, the Graduate Certificate in Special Education (K-12) initial licensure track, the Master of Arts in Teaching, and the Master of Education in Early Childhood Special Education initial licensure track no longer hold specialized accreditation from the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) as of December 31, 2018.

The Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Public Communications voluntarily withdrew from specialized accreditation by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications (ACEJMC).

Master of Education in Special Education

The MEd in Special Education has two options:

  • Special education concentration
  • Special education administration concentration — admission suspended

The MEd in Special Education with a special education concentration is designed for individuals who desire advanced professional preparation in special education. The program encompasses theory, research and practice relating to individuals who experience disabilities.

The M.Ed. in Special Education provides candidates with the knowledge and application of assessment and intervention strategies that support the learning of children with exceptional learning for grades K-8 (Elementary) or 7-12 (Secondary), and aims to prepare scholarly practitioners grounded in purpose and research.

Admission Requirements

The SOE allows access to coursework through a variety of methodologies and delivery formats, including distance education. Candidates must have the technological knowledge, skills, and access to engage in distance learning. The following courses are required for completion of the program.

Graduation Requirements

Candidates admitted or seeking admission to the M.Ed. in Special Education must receive approval from their advisor prior to taking coursework from another institution intended to satisfy requirements for the program.

Program Requirements

Core Courses
EDSE A610Clinical Assessment: Eligibility and Program Planning3
EDSE A612Curriculum and Strategies I: Low Incidence3
EDSE A622Curriculum and Strategies II: High Incidence3
EDSE A623Language and Literacy: Best Practices in Assessment and Intervention3
EDSE A624Social/Emotional Development, Assessment, and Intervention3
EDSE A625Teaching Mathematics to Special Learners3
EDSE A632Special Education Law: Principles and Practices3
Research Courses *
EDRS A660Fundamentals of Research in Education3
Research Elective by Advisement *3
Complete one of the following concentrations:9
Elementary Special Education
Family Partnerships in Early Childhood Special Education
Advanced Internship in Special Education: Elementary
Assessment in Preschool Special Education
and Strategies and Interventions: Preschool Special Education
Secondary Special Education
Transition Services for Secondary Students with Disabilities
Advanced Internship in Special Education: Secondary
Autism: Communication and Social Disorders
and Assessment in Secondary Classrooms
Total Credits36

EDRS A660 and research credits by advisement may be waived for candidates entering the program with a master’s degree. Candidates admitted or seeking admission to the M.Ed. in Special Education must receive approval from their advisor prior to taking coursework from another institution intended to satisfy requirements for the master’s degree.

A total of 36 credits is required for the degree.

Field Placements

Some courses in the special education program require field placements and/or internship placements. The School of Education does not guarantee placements as they are contingent on school district and agency partners. The university offers placements across the state of Alaska. Out-of-state placements will require additional approvals and are not guaranteed.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Student outcomes for the program are based on the professional standards of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) located at

Students who complete this program will be able to:

  • Utilize a variety of assessments to identify specific areas of student strengths and weaknesses and use the results to guide instruction.
  • Individualize instruction to meet the specific needs of students with disabilities in inclusive settings.
  • Support and promote inclusiveness and equity for students
  • Apply the legal and ethical principles associated with special education.
  • Promote a positive social environment for all students, particularly those with significant emotional and/or behavioral disorders.
  • Develop and maintain an atmosphere of collaboration with teachers, parents, administrators, and paraprofessionals.
  • Critically analyze and apply principles of research.
  • Demonstrate literacy regarding theoretical perspectives associated with human development and learning.