Special Education Teaching
Online Master's Degree

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The Master of Science in Special Education Teaching Degree is a licensure program designed for teachers who hold a valid teaching license. It is a 36 graduate credit hour, completely online program. After successful completion of the program and Praxis examinations, candidates earn both High Incidence and Low Incidence teaching licenses. Candidates in this program are eligible for a teaching waiver for either High Incidence or Low Incidence classrooms while taking coursework.



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  • Total tuition = $13,464*
    *Cost per credit hour and total tuition is based on 2022-2023 academic year tuition rates , master's program option, and assuming all coursework is completed online in the 2022-2023 academic year. Cost per credit hour and total tuition will vary if studies span over one or more academic year.

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  • About Master's Program
  • Career Options

The 36-hour program is designed to be completed in two years with six graduate credit hours of coursework being completed each semester. Courses are to be taken in sequence to maximize the learning experience. Course content is presented online by utilizing Canvas, a learning management system.

Graduates of this program leave with the knowledge, skills, and strategies required to enhance their ability as a:

  • Special Education High Incidence (Adaptive) teacher
  • Special Education Low Incidence (Functional) teacher
  • EdS student in Special Education Administration (master's level preparation)

About Teaching and Leadership Department

Whether you are beginning your career with a Bachelor of Science in Education or want to grow professionally with a Master's Degree or Educational Specialist, we believe this is the place for you! With accredited programs, campus, online and hybrid classes, caring faculty and staff to guide you, you can begin or continue your journey toward a rewarding life in the field of Education and Leadership.

The department offers Alternative Teaching Licensure programs in Special Education and Secondary Education. Certificates that lead to an endorsement to a teaching license in a variety of educational areas are available.

Pitt State has been ranked in the Top 25 Best Online Graduate Education Programs by U.S. News & World Report. The best online master's in education degree programs were chosen based on factors such as accreditation, admissions selectivity and academic and career support services offered to students.

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