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Online Master’s Degree in Special Education

Gain the skills to help students with special needs to achieve their full learning potential, in an accredited program that was named one of the “Best Online Master’s in Special Education” in 2017. As a special education major at Greenville University, you’ll advance your knowledge and broaden your qualifications as a professional working with students with disabilities. The program is offered year-round in a convenient, fully online format you can complete in as little as 18 months. As part of the special education graduate program, we also offer a Learning Behavior Specialist I Endorsement that requires you to complete a clinical practicum in addition to the master’s degree requirements.

In the online master’s degree in special education at Greenville University, you’ll learn how to: 

  • Use evidence-based practices and research to identify and address challenges in the field of special education.
  • Support the intellectual, social and personal development of students with special needs.
  • Implement the latest educational assessment tools to measure and monitor student success.
  • Understand the connection between compliance with the law and outcomes-based education.
  • Communicate the needs of students to teachers, administration, and parents.

Why Earn Your Online Master’s Degree in Special Education at Greenville University?

Our graduate school programs offer academic excellence at exceptional value and convenience. These are some of the top reasons to choose Greenville University for your master’s program in special education:

  • Earn your master’s degree online in a top-ranked graduate program. The special education program is offered 100% online. You can complete the degree at your own pace and on a schedule that works for you (most students take one course every eight weeks). Classes are also available year-round.  Find out why Greenville University was recently ranked first on a list of best online schools in Illinois.
  • Complete your master’s degree in as little as 18 months. Teachers may complete the master’s degree in special education in just 18 months.
  • Earn your Learning Behavior Specialist I (LBS1) Endorsement. The endorsement prepares currently licensed Illinois teachers for new roles in specialized instruction and as advocates for students with disabilities, and includes a clinical practicum in addition to the special education master’s degree requirements. View courses for the master’s in special education program.
  • Get practical experience you can apply to your career. The special education program includes a capstone research project that involves leading the design and implementation of an improvement effort in your school district or organization.
  • Design a program of study based on your needs. Our expert advisors are here to help you set up a plan of study that is personalized to your needs. You can also adapt and change your coursework as you go along.
  • Learn from expert faculty with extensive special education experience. Our instructors are education leaders with expert knowledge of the latest educational research, methods and techniques in the field of special education. Meet the faculty for the master’s degree in special education program at Greenville University.
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Career Opportunities

Career Outlook for Special Education Master’s Degree Graduates

There are 6.6 million public school children enrolled in special education in the United States – 13 percent of all public school students. Completing your master’s degree will open the door to a variety of careers, both in teaching special education students and assessing educational needs to help develop and implement plans for schooling.

Illinois has one of the highest employment levels in the nation for special education teachers. Average annual salaries for special education teachers in Illinois are between $65-70K, depending on the grade level.*

Top special education careers

  • Special Education Teacher
  • Educational Diagnostician
  • Special Education Director

* Bureau of Labor Statistics

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