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Earn your master’s in special education at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Our special education degree is the first (and only) program in the United States to earn Exemplary Status by Quality Matters, a recognized leader in quality assurance for online education. All courses for the special education online master’s degree include quality online activities and evaluations that are research-supported and practice-based, and have been peer-reviewed through a rigorous certification process. Graduates of this program experience an almost 100% job placement rate.
Who Is the Master’s Degree in Special Education Designed For?
This program is designed for K-12 special education teachers and other professionals who want to or currently work with students with disabilities but who are not seeking teacher certification in special education. If you’re not already a certified teacher and plan to teach in Alaska, we also offer several certification and endorsement options that you can earn on their own or in combination with a master’s degree.
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Why Earn Your Master’s in Special Education Online at UAF?
Special education teachers make a crucial difference in the lives of children with special needs. Earning your master’s degree will enrich your skills as an educator and provide the foundation for career advancement. Here are reasons to earn your master’s in special education online at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.
- Earn your master’s degree in special education In-person or online in an Exemplary Program (as certified by Quality Matters) with an almost 100% job placement rate for graduates.
- Get specialized training for teaching in Alaska in a program that integrates knowledge and experiences unique to the Alaska context. You’ll also be well prepared to teach special education elsewhere in the United States and internationally.
- Learn from experienced educators and receive practical training through various fieldwork experiences in local-to-you K-12 special education classrooms.
- Engage with peers via synchronous (same time) class meetings, using Blackboard Collaborate.
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UAF Special Education and Teaching program
What Can You Do With a Master’s in Special Education?
School districts in Alaska need special education teachers. In fact, the city of Fairbanks ranks third in the nation for metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs for special education teachers at the kindergarten and elementary school level.
Earning your special education master’s degree will help you develop your professional teaching skills and open the door to new career pathways. It’s also a great way to boost your earning potential. The salary of special education teachers with a master’s degree will typically be at the higher end of the salary ranges.
As a full-time working mom, it was important for me to be able to participate in the program via the online opportunities that UAF provides. This program provided me the flexibility, expertise, convenience and knowledge needed to become a special educator.Ashley Walley, Special Education Pre-K Teacher at Anderson Elementary on Eielson Air Force Base
What Classes Are Required for the Master’s in Special Education?
The special education teaching program includes specific training in the areas of disabilities, assessment, intervention strategies, current law and the implementation of programs including development of legally defensible federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) documents.
Get Started on Your Master’s in Special Education
Take the next step toward earning your master’s in special education online at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. We have the resources to help you get started.
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