College of Education2012-2013

Department of Educational Specialties

Special Education, Master of Education

  • Available Emphasis Areas:
  • Cross-Categorical/High Incidence - Emphasis
  • Disability Studies - Emphasis
  • Early Childhood - Emphasis

This plan is appropriate if you are interested in Special Education. Please note that although certain courses in this plan may apply toward certification, completing this M.Ed. does not lead to certification. This is a Continuing Professional Program. Consult with your advisor and the Arizona Department of Education for information about obtaining Special Education Certification.


What Can I Do with a Master of Education in Special Education?

If you're looking for a career serving individuals with disabilities in private settings, through human service agencies, or want to increase and enhance your knowledge and skills in serving individuals with disabilities in school settings, our program might be perfect for you.

The program focuses on serving individuals with mild-moderate disabilities (high-incidence) such as learning disabilities, emotional/behavioral disorders, mild-moderate intellectual disabilities, as well as orthopedic and health impairments. This degree program does not lead to teaching certification.

With further education, one of these paths is possible:
  • Special education teacher
  • Educational administrator

University Requirements

  • To receive a master’s degree at Northern Arizona University, you must complete a planned group of courses from one or more subject areas, consisting of at least 30 units of graduate-level courses. (Many master’s degree programs require more than 30 units.)

    You must additionally complete:

    • All requirements for your specific academic plan(s). This may include a thesis.
    • All graduate work with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0.
    • All work toward the master’s degree must be completed within six consecutive years. The six years begins with the semester and year of admission to the program.
    The full policy can be viewed here.



In addition to University Requirements:

  • Complete individual plan requirements.

Minimum Units for Completion 30
Additional Admission Requirements Admission requirements over and above admission to NAU are required.
Emphasis, Minor, Certificate

Emphasis, minor, and/or certificate are required.


Additional Admission Requirements
  • Admission requirements over and above admission to NAU are required.
Master's Requirements
  • Take the following 30 units:

    Core Requirements (12 units)
    • ESE 548 or equivalent (3 units)
    • ESE 698 (3 units)
    • ESE Elective, or students with no coursework in Educational Foundations must take one course in Educational Foundations in place of the special education elective. (3 units)
    Graduate Certificate or Emphasis Areas (Select One):
  • Please Note:
    • If students choose to earn a certificate, 3 units of electives must be taken in addition to listed plan requirements.
    • This program of study is appropriate for students who are not seeking certification in special education.
    • Students cannot apply for teaching certification under this program of studies.
  • Be aware that some courses may have prerequisites that you must also take. For prerequisite information click on the course or see your advisor.

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