Special Education (MA)

Make a Difference in the Lives of Exceptional Learners

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3 years,
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Improve and support special education services at the classroom, school, community and system levels

Webster University’s Master of Arts in Special Education will empower you to create an inclusive classroom for exceptional learners through:

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Tailored to your individual interests

Personalize your learning experience

Specialize your knowledge and skills in special education by focusing on a specific area of study that interests you. Webster University’s Master of Arts in Special Education offers the following concentrations:

Program Curriculum

Students in the Master of Arts in Special Education program are required to complete a minimum of 33 credit hours, 24 of which must be in special education. Students considering graduate study at the doctoral level are encouraged to complete six credit hours of field research and complete a thesis, for a program total of 36 credit hours.

Your course list

The following courses are required, with a minimum grade of B- in each course, for all Special Education majors:

  • Advocating for Persons with Disabilities or Ethics and Professional Issues in Applied Behavior Analysis
  • Applied Field Research or Thesis (for graduate students interested in doctoral studies)
  • Applied Research Methods or Single Subject Research Design
  • Global Issues in Special Education
  • Integrating Resources: Community, School and Family
  • Socioemotional Development: Children with Special Needs

Emphasis in Applied Behavior Analysis

  • Behavior Change Procedures
  • Concepts and Principles of Behavior Analysis
  • Ethics and Professional Issues in Applied Behavior Analysis
  • Functional Behavioral Assessment and Interventions
  • Introduction to Applied Behavior Analysis
  • Single-Subject Research Design
  • Supervision and Staff Performance

Emphasis in Mild/Moderate Disabilities

  • Advanced Studies in Language Development and Acquisition
  • Methods for Students with Mild/Moderate Disabilities I and II
  • Psychoeducational Assessment
  • One advisor-approved graduate course

Emphasis in Specialized Approaches for Exceptional Learners

Five courses from the following list, or other advisor-approved graduate courses

  • Advanced Studies in Language Development and Acquisition
  • Augmentative and Alternative Communication for Students with SDD and Autism
  • Concepts and Principles of Behavior Analysis
  • Intensive Academic Intervention
  • Language Development
  • Mindfulness
  • Psychoeducational Assessment
  • Restorative Justice: Learning Communities
  • Topics in Special Education
  • Understanding and Responding to Trauma in Schools
  • Universal School-Wide PBIS

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Advance your career while advocating for children with disabilities

According to the American Association for Employment in Education 2020-2021 Supply and Demand Report, there is a considerable shortage of teachers in the special education field, with a 4.59% shortage in school districts. Some of our graduates go on to work with community organizations to advocate for people with disabilities. With your master’s in Special Education from Webster, you’ll be prepared for a career such as:

Special Education Teacher


Median Annual Salary
(National, May 2022)

Community Service Manager


Median Annual Salary
(National, May 2022)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

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Webster is committed to your success, and you'll never be alone as you pursue your Special Education master’s.

An education nationally recognized for quality

Earn your CAEP-accredited Master of Arts in Special Education from Webster University, an independent, nonprofit university accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).

Professors. Professionals. Mentors.

Gain real-world knowledge from faculty experts with professional experience. Our professors serve as mentors eager to support your career goals and connect you to opportunities, including internships and jobs.

A well-rounded experience

By receiving my master’s through Webster University, I was able to balance taking courses, working a full-time job and preparing for my BCBA certification exam. I was able to learn a lot from people from different perspectives on ABA and what special education should look like. All the courses did a great job giving me a well-rounded experience and preparing me for the different perspectives of ABA that I would experience after graduating.

- Christopher Ike Timbreza
Webster Special Education Graduate