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Master of Arts in Education – Teacher as Leader in Special Education Online

Complete Coursework: as few as 18 months Credit Hours: 30 Tuition: $12,480

Overview


Master of Arts in Education – Teacher as Leader in Special Education Online

Gain the specialized skills and content knowledge you need to provide exceptional support to students with special needs with the Master of Arts in Education – Teacher as Leader in Special Education. This 100% online program is designed for general education teachers who want to work with children with exceptionalities, as well as become a more effective teacher for all children.

Learn how to assess students with disabilities, plan differentiated lessons, and use applied behavior analysis techniques applicable to all students. You will also study intellectual and orthopedic disabilities, learning and behavior disorders, and collaboration and inclusive practices. Taught by the same distinguished faculty who teach on campus, this program also allows you to attain Rank 2 teaching certification in Kentucky.

In this program, you will:

  • Explore effective strategies for improving the classroom behavior of students, as well as the fundamentals, assessment processes, and strategies used to ensure that all students succeed
  • Gain expertise in research, instructional design, and behavioral management
  • Be able to create a strong learning environment for students who have emotional, behavioral, and learning disorders
  • Develop and demonstrate culturally relevant and responsive approaches to meeting the needs of students

Courses

In order to earn the Master of Arts in Education – Teacher as Leader in Special Education online, students must complete 14 courses, comprising 30 credit hours.

To see the full list of online courses for this program, view courses.

Admissions

Take the first step toward achieving the degree you've been dreaming of. We streamlined the process to make it as quick and easy as possible for you. Admission requirements for the Master of Arts in Education – Teacher as Leader in Special Education online program include a GRE and a minimum 2.75 GPA.

To learn more about the admission requirements for this program, view admissions.

Please review the Program Map to determine eligibility of this program in your state.

Tuition

Tuition for the Master of Arts in Education – Teacher as Leader in Special Education online program is $12,480. The graduate application fee is $40. Tuition is the same for students living inside or outside Kentucky and can be paid by the course. All fees are included in the total tuition cost.

To learn more about the tuition for this program, view tuition.

Calendar

With multiple start dates each year, the Master of Arts in Education – Teacher as Leader in Special Education online program is convenient and accessible. After selecting the desired start date, students should consider deadlines for completing an application, turning in all required documentation, registering for classes, and paying tuition.

To see the full calendar of upcoming start dates for this program, view calendar.

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Courses


For the Master of Arts in Education – Teacher as Leader in Special Education online, students must complete 12 courses, for a total of 30 credit hours.

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Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 0

Orientation to the Master of Arts in Education Teacher as Leader program including graduate policies and procedures, selection of a specialization/endorsement, advising services, certification, educator dispositions, professional behaviors, online learning, and the action research sequence.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course is an introduction to school leadership. Students will engage in a thorough investigation of contemporary leadership research, scholarship, theory, and practice. This course will introduce the concept of “transformative” change in schools, classrooms, and in individuals. Participants will create personal and professional growth plans to enhance their effectiveness.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Introduction to education research enabling candidates to become effective consumers and users of research in education. It will improve candidates’ ability to apply research findings appropriately in school settings and will lay a foundation for an original action research project.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Research, theory, policy, and practice in multicultural and diversity education; recognizing race, class, gender, learning, and linguistic diversity within home, schools, and community settings; developing and demonstrating culturally relevant and responsive approaches to meeting the needs of students.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Research-based best practices and models of instructional design to meet the needs of all learners in a school setting.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 2

(Students will repeat this course for a total of 2 credit hours: two 7-week sessions)
Methods and skills needed to design, conduct, interpret and apply action research to address issues in classrooms and schools through data driven decision making; develop a research proposal related to a specific P-12 educational issues, secure permission from a local educational agency to conduct research, comply with regulations related to human subjects research, and develop an implementation plan for the proposed research project.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 1

(Students will repeat this course for a total of 1 credit hour: two 7-week sessions.)
This course examines various aspects of conducting applied educational research. Students will complete a research project addressing a specific educational issue leading to enhanced P-12 student learning, including data analysis, written summary of research findings, and present their findings to faculty and peers.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Study of historical, theoretical and philosophical influences on school curriculum and of current trends in curriculum development; familiarization with models of PK-12 curriculum development.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Definitions, etiological factors, assessment, and remedial approaches for learning and behavior disorders.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Characteristics and educational programs for students who have intellectual disabilities or orthopedic and/or health impairments.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Principles of behavior analysis applied to curriculum, methodology, and management of students with disabilities; behavioral teaching methods contrasted with alternative management techniques.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Legislation and instructional practices relating to the education of students with exceptionalities. Course covers various methods of co-teaching as well as locating, adapting, and developing materials and methods for including students with disabilities in general elementary, middle, and secondary classrooms.

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Admissions


Take the first step toward earning your degree online. Find out the requirements for the Master of Arts in Education – Teacher as Leader in Special Education online, what additional materials you should send, and where you need to send them.

MAEd Teacher as Leader – Special Education Online Requirements

  • Complete online application for admission
  • Pay $40 non-refundable application fee
    • If you are an NKU alumni or active/veteran military member, your application fee will be waived
  • Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate (if applicable) coursework from regionally accredited institutions
  • Minimum 2.75 GPA
  • Teaching Certificate: Submit a copy of current teaching certificate or out-of-state equivalent. New teachers in Kentucky may submit a Kentucky Statement of Eligibility
  • Teacher as Leader Admission Agreement: Print, sign, and submit the Teacher as Leader Admission Agreement to the Office of Graduate Education.
  • Supplemental application
  • Submit official scores for the Graduate Record Examination (general test) taken within the past five years
    • The GRE requirement is waived for applicants who have an undergraduate grade point of 3.0 or higher, and for applicants who have already earned a master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution

If you need to submit official documents by mail, send them to:

NKU Office of Graduate Education
302 Lucas Administrative Center
Highland Heights, KY 41099

Or email documentation to graduate@nku.edu

Have a question? Call us at 800-985-7215 800-985-7215.

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Tuition


The following is the tuition breakdown for students pursuing a Master of Arts in Education – Teacher as Leader in Special Education online. The tuition is the same for in-state and out-of-state students. All fees are included in the total tuition cost.

Program Per Credit Hour Required Fees Total With Fees
Master of Arts in Education – Teacher as Leader in Special Education $400 $480 $12,480
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Calendar


For the Master of Arts in Education – Teacher as Leader in Special Education Online

First Starts Program Start Date Application Deadline Registration Deadline Document Deadline Tuition Deadline Last Class Day Registration Open
Fall 2 10/16/19 10/04/19 10/12/19 10/09/19 10/16/19 12/06/19 3/28/2019
Spring 1 01/13/20 01/02/20 01/09/20 01/06/20 01/13/20 02/28/20 10/31/19
Spring 2 03/16/20 03/04/20 03/12/20 03/09/20 03/16/20 05/01/20 10/31/19
Summer 1 05/11/20 04/29/20 05/07/20 05/04/20 05/11/20 06/26/20 TBD
Summer 2 06/29/20 06/17/20 06/25/20 06/22/20 06/29/20 08/14/20 TBD
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