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Read More About Becoming A Special Education Teacher

If you are interested in becoming a special education teacher in Arkansas, it is possible to complete an online Master of Science in Education for Special Education program and obtain licensure for K-12 at your own pace and on your schedule. Online master’s programs in special education, based on recommendations of professional organizations and accrediting associations such as the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) and CAEP, provide a unique opportunity for professionals and educators to develop skills and experience specific to special education. Certification in special education gives teachers, administrators, guidance counselors and other education professionals the ability to serve the needs of children with disabilities and their families.

Online Coursework Is Comprehensive and Relevant

Master’s students benefit from integrated coursework that offers a comprehensive understanding of disabilities, from mild to severe, and addresses special education techniques, philosophies and legal issues. Examples of master’s courses include:

  • Characteristics of Individuals with Disabilities.
  • Collaboration for Special Education Service Delivery.
  • Introduction to Statistics and Research.
  • Teaching Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders.
  • Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports.

Online Coursework Is Appropriate for Professionals Already Working in Education

Many people who are already working in the field of education choose to complete online master’s programs in special education. Because the coursework is completely online, professionals are able to continue fulfilling their job responsibilities, while pursuing an advanced degree in special education. Special education certification allows professionals the ability to specialize in the support of students with special needs, to create meaningful and adaptive learning environments, and to advocate for tools and techniques that benefit students with exceptionalities.

Master’s Programs Give Candidates the Tools to Succeed in the Classroom

A master’s program in special education prepares candidates to obtain licensure for K-12 in special education. At the culmination of a master’s program, candidates should be adept in all areas of special education, including creating safe and inclusive learning environments, determining appropriate types of intervention, using multiple assessments to determine learning disabilities, remaining strength-based and culturally sensitive while working with students and their families, and providing a strong role in the development of each child’s Individualized Education Program (IEP).

Special education certification through an online master’s degree in special education is perfect for working professionals and teachers who wish to increase their skill or expertise in working with exceptional children. An online program provides a flexible and convenient timetable for those wishing to pursue advanced degrees in the field of special education. Through coursework, mentorship opportunities and application-based curricula, a master’s degree in special education prepares aspiring special education teachers for work in research, advocacy or the classroom.

Learn more about the A-State online MSE in Special Ed program.


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