The USC Rossier School of Education offers an online Master of Arts in Teaching with a specialization in special education. Candidates have the opportunity to earn their Education Specialist Credential in Mild/Moderate Disabilities or gifted education with a Certificate in Gifted Education. Request Information.
Capella University offers online special education programs at both the master’s and PhD level. These programs are designed to augment your ability to teach and advocate for the growing number of students who need special education services. Request information to learn more about Capella’s special education degree options.
Purdue University's online MSEd in Special Education includes the option to add a focus in intense intervention for students with severe autism and intellectual/physical disabilities. Request information to learn more.
The online MSEd in Special Education from Saint Joseph's University prepares teachers to identify learning disabilities in K-12 students and implement effective strategies for teaching. Request information to learn more.
Under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), there are 13 categories under which a student is eligible to receive the protections and services promised by this law. In our disability profiles, we define each disability as specified by IDEA and explain it in plain English; these profiles also outline the common traits and educational challenges associated with each disability, and provide tips for parents and teachers.
- Emotional Disturbance
- Hearing Impairment
- Intellectual Disability*
- Multiple Disabilities
- Orthopedic Impairment
- Other Health Impairments
- Specific Learning Disability
- Speech or Language Impairment
- Traumatic Brain Injury
- Visual Impairment
*Intellectual disability has also been referred to as “Mental Retardation” (MR) in the past, and this term and its acronym may be used colloquially or in older documentation. It is not, however, a currently accepted practice to refer to individuals with intellectual disabilities as “mentally retarded.”