Special Education, M.A.

It's time to sharpen your critical view and obtain the exact skills you need to excel in the classroom and in the community - as both a Special Education teacher and an advocate for the marginalized. Our faculty focus on inclusionary practices and the integration of learning technology to prepare you to best engage every student in the 21st century classroom.

Along with personalized learning through your education courses, you will learn specific instructional strategies for special education, including:
  • Assistive Technology in Education
  • Instructional Planning and Performance-based Assessment
  • Development and Characteristics of Learners
  • Approaches and Applications for the Multicultural Classroom
  • Teaching Methods Across Content Areas
  • Disability Studies in Education
  • Partnerships for Inclusive Education
Degree Format
Even if you don't have a teaching background, Lewis University's Master of Arts in Special Education requires 41 semester credit hours to complete, and offers you the opportunity to earn your LBS1 licensure. Your field experiences will give you vital hands-on experience in diverse teaching environments within public and private schools - so you can discover your true passions, learn how to modify your teaching styles for different students, abilities, cultures and environments, and be prepared to effectively teach any student.

This two and a half year cohort program starts in both the Fall and Spring, with a consistent group of peers for synergistic learning and support - and a great way to build your professional network.

LBS1 Endorsement Without a Degree
You may also add a Learning Behavior Specialist I (LBS1) Endorsement to your certificates without earning the Master of Arts degree.

Scholarship Options
Along with a wide array of Education Scholarship Options, the Teacher Shortage Scholarship is specifically available to students pursuing specialization in Learning Disabilities or Social Emotional Disorders.

Start customizing your Masters in Special Education curriculum today!

Student Talk

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Dr. Christy Roberts
Chair, Special Education

"Here at Lewis University, individuals in our Special Education programs learn how to design systems of education that promote the spiritual, emotional and physical well-being of all students."