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Department of Counseling, Educational Psychology & Special Education

Master of Arts in Special Education

Advance your career

In the fully online Master of Arts in Special Education program at Michigan State University, students are prepared to advance the quality of education for students with disabilities in K-12 schools and advance your career.

All online

This program is entirely online, and features courses that can be focused on students' interests, while maintaining a program focus of developing teachers as thought leaders, accomplished professionals and pioneers in and out of their classrooms.

Join one of the most dynamic and impactful learning communities in the nation. Who will make a difference for the next generation of students? Spartans will.

Learning from leaders in special education

Becoming a Spartan special educator means interacting with faculty who are national and international leaders in their field. Faculty teach in their areas of expertise, including assessment, literacy, applied behavior analysis and more.

Evidence-based practices
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Michigan State University’s online Master of Arts in Special Education degree features evidence-based practices and research-validated instruction to help graduates successfully educate students in kindergarten through grade 12.

Focus areas

The master's degree program in special education offers emphasis areas in Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and Learning Disabilities (LD). Students can also pursue a graduate certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) while in the MA/ASD program.

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Points of Distinction


Apply Cutting-Edge Research

Support diverse learners and provide meaningful access to the curriculum


Collaborate With Peers

Share resources and expand content knowledge and skills through peer interaction


Gain Meaningful Experience

Complete projects and clinical experiences in your own classroom or school

This Program By the Numbers

of our grads received a pay increase for obtaining their M.A. degree
graduate credits can be applied toward the degree if you are a former MSU intern
of required courses for the LD emphasis area are taught by tenure stream Faculty
Among the best

Michigan State University is ranked fourth in the nation for the best online master’s programs in education, according to U.S. News & World Report.

The Master of Arts in Special Education is one of the online programs in the college being recognized for their commitment to quality, accessible and innovative online education. Learn more about the 2020 rankings and learning opportunities for students.

I am so fortunate to have been a part of Michigan State University’s MA program with an endorsement in ASD, one of the most elite special education programs within the nation. I loved how the program is entirely online, as it allowed for me to have flexibility within my full-time teaching schedule, while still learning from the most prestigious professionals within the field. The courses not only helped me build a solid foundation of autism, but also learn several evidence-based practices that I currently use with my students everyday. If it was not for this program, I would not be where I am today.

Megan Sidge

ASD teacher at Hickory Woods Elementary

Our Program at a Glance


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