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Department of Counseling, Educational Psychology & Special Education

Master of Arts in Special Education

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. 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.

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.

Evidence-based Practices

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.

Areas of Interest

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.

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.

Among the best

The College of Education’s online master’s degree programs are ranked #8 in the nation for best online graduate programs by U.S. News & World Report. This ranking reflects the college’s commitment to student engagement and support, the use of innovative technology, outstanding faculty and a strong peer reputation.

Ready to enhance your career?

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

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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