The Special Education Master’s and Graduate certificate programs at George Mason University provide you with the skills needed to successfully help people with disabilities reach their potential. Choose from Autism Spectrum Disorder or Applied Behavioral Analysis specializations or graduate certificate programs. Request Information
Purdue University's online MSEd in Special Education program combines a unique view of the entire education landscape with practical experience addressing the latest breakthroughs in assessment, instructional strategies, and evidence-based practices for teaching students with disabilities. Four Different tracks are available to meet your career needs. Request Information
With a Master's in Special Education from Saint Mary's University of Minnesota, you’ll develop an inclusive teaching approach that goes further to help students achieve their full potential. Our program is designed to help you fully understand the unique needs of learners with a wide range of disabilities. Learn how to more effectively customize your instruction to meet students at their skill level. Request Information
The online Master of Science in Education - Special Education from Saint Joseph's University offers tracks in Autism Spectrum Disorders Endorsement, Wilson Reading System® (WRS) certification, and Applied Behavior Analysis. Request Information
Winthrop University offers an NCATE-accredited online Master of Education (M.Ed) In Special Education Intervention that prepares you to build, lead, and participate in intervention programs. Request Information
The George Washington University Master in Special Education for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Learners provides instructional techniques and research methods to ensure student success and prepares graduates to sit for the ESOL PRAXIS and SPED PRAXIS exams. Request Information
Take the Next Step
Do you want to know more about the certification or licensure requirements for becoming a special education teacher? Are you wondering what schools offer special education programs or where you can earn professional development credits?
These are common questions among current and aspiring special education teachers, and it’s often difficult and time consuming to find the information you need. The good news is that we’ve done the searching for you and have all the answers to these questions (and more) in one place!
There are many different ways to get involved in the education of special needs students. We’ve put together explanations of some of the major ones, to help you get started:
- What Behaviorists do
- What Early Intervention Specialists do
- What Educational Diagnosticians do
- What Instructional Assistants do
- What Special Education Administrators do
- What Special Education Teachers do
Licensure and Degree Programs
Below you will find links, for each state in the U.S., to information about:
- Teacher certification or licensure requirements, including reciprocity: breaks down information on certification/licensure from state’s Department of Education website for current undergraduate college students and college graduates; lists the types of certificates and/or licenses the state awards; explains what teachers licensed in other states or countries need to do to be licensed/certified in state; provides links to the appropriate websites for detailed information, forms, etc.
- Alternatives to certification: outlines state’s programs, if any, for becoming a teacher in the state without certification or a degree in education (typically for career-changers)
- Professional development: lists agencies and organizations that provide professional development courses, seminars and workshops
- Special education degree or endorsement programs: describes special education degree program at the state’s top school(s); links to lists of schools in the state with special education degree programs; details special education endorsements available in the state
- Where to look for jobs: provides links to state’s department of education job listings, as well as public and private schools and other programs in the state for children with special needs
Degree and Certification Info by State
Click on one of the states below to get started!