Special Education

Master's Program

Accredited by the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development, and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)/Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP)

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.

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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.
Earn your master’s degree in special education entirely online

  • Designed with flexibility to fit your schedule, the special education degree is delivered online with synchronous (same time) class meetings, using Blackboard Collaborate, throughout the semester. Most classes require field work experience in K-12 special education classrooms.

Benefit from high-quality online education

  • UAF's Special Education program is the first (and only) program in the nation to earn Exemplary Status by Quality Matters, a U.S.-based nonprofit organization that is recognized as a leader in quality assurance for online education. All courses include quality online activities and evaluations that are research-supported and practice-based. All courses have been peer-reviewed as a part of the rigorous certification process.

Earn your master’s degree with initial certification or an additional endorsement

  • Earn initial teacher certification or an additional endorsement along with your master’s degree. The certification program is designed for students who are not certified teachers. The endorsement option is for students who are already certified teachers in another area.

Gain specialized training for teaching in Alaska

  • Our program integrates resources, knowledge and experiences unique to Alaska, preparing culturally responsive educators who honor the communities they serve. Our graduates are also well prepared to teach special education elsewhere in the United States and in international schools.

Take part in the Alaska student chapter of CEC

  • The Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) is a professional organization that sets the standard for children and youth with exceptionalities, making sure that their education needs are met in legislation, establishing professional standards and pushing initiatives forward to improve the field.

 

Progams and cost options

Master’s With Initial Teacher Certification

Designed for students with a bachelor’s degree or higher who have an interest in becoming certified special education teachers, this program leads to teaching certification and a master’s degree in special education. View course requirements for a master’s with initial teacher certification.

The estimated cost of the program based on current rates: $24,605

Master’s With Additional Endorsement

Earn your master’s degree in special education with an additional teaching endorsement. This online special education program is specifically designed for Alaskan teachers and other professionals who don’t have access to the Fairbanks campus.

The estimated cost of the program based on current rates: $22,595

Initial Special Education Teacher Certification

This online certification program is specifically designed for students with a bachelor’s degree or higher who have an interest in becoming certified special education teachers. View course requirements for initial special education teacher certification.

The estimated cost of program based on current rates: $17,165

Teaching Endorsement in Special Education

Earn a teaching endorsement in special education. This program is designed for K-12 teachers in Alaska with an existing teaching certificate who want to or currently work with students with disabilities.

The estimated cost of program based on current rates: $15,155

 

 

 

Complete your Special Education degree online

Cost breakdown for the online master’s in special education

The estimated cost of the online master’s in special education degree program based on current rates is $22,445.

See what your dollars go toward on the UAF eCampus Tuition and Fees page.

Learning online at UAF

When you earn your master’s in special education at UAF, you’ll enjoy a collaborative remote learning experience that offers many of the benefits of a traditional on-campus degree program. In addition to comprising some of the top professionals in the special education field, our faculty are caring and dedicated teachers who are invested in your success and here to answer your questions.

Learn more about earning your degree online at UAF

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Earned Badges for Online Program

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QM certifications are valid for five years.

 

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.

 

 

 

Get Started on Your Master’s in Special Education

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