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Special Education Teaching Specialization Master of Science in Education

School of Education

Inspire & Support Children with Learning Disabilities

You have so much to give. Your passion for supporting children with special needs can help them achieve academic success. We want to encourage you to take that passion further, which is why Capella University offers an online MS in Education, Special Education Teaching specialization.

In this program, you’ll focus on effective ways to implement specialized teaching, build effective curricula, and collaborate with other professionals to reach the best outcomes for students. You’ll also learn how special education teaching works within today’s educational systems.

At a Glance

  • Online
  • 6 Core Courses
  • 4 Specialization Courses
  • Capstone
  • 46 Total Quarter Credits
  • 12 Maximum Transfer Credits

Classes Start April 8th

Ready to get started? We’re ready for you. Chat with an enrollment counselor or apply now to take the first step on the journey toward your future.

$50 Application Fee (waived w/promo SPRING)

MS in Special Education—Program Highlights

Data-Based Decision-Making

Learn how to make decisions based on data, then assess and encourage students to help them succeed.

Individualized Evaluation Planning

Understand and apply best practices for developing individualized evaluation plans.

Scholar-Practitioner faculty

Learn the latest in theory and practice from experienced faculty who are actively engaged in their professions.

Professionally Aligned

Our curriculum was developed around national special education teaching standards.

Free Professional Development

Earn clock hours for free, and apply your learning to a Capella degree program for a small, per-credit fee to help you save time and money.

Aligned with Industry Standards

Our curriculum incorporates standards based on the Advanced Council for Exceptional Children to help encourage well-prepared, career-oriented special educators.

Get the Support You Need for Success

Our dedicated faculty and support teams guide and advise you through every step of your educational journey.

Enrollment Counselors

These folks are superstars. We hear it from our students (and grads). They're here to help find a program fit and set up for success.


Advisors know the details of your program. Got questions about courses? Instructors? Resources? Advisors have answers.


Our courses are taught by distinguished faculty members who hold top credentials and have hands-on expertise in their fields. They know what you need to know today.

Writing Support

Sharpen your writing skills with our free tutoring services and other resources.

Cost & Learning Format

Our original learning format offers extra structure for those who want it. We'll set the schedule, you meet the deadlines. 

  • Based on the quarter system; 1-3 courses per 10-week quarter
  • 1 semester credit = 1.5 quarter credits
  • Weekly assignments and courseroom discussions
  • Pay for what you take, price varies by courseload or term
$453 per credit, 46 total quarter credits, 12 max transfer credits

*This is only an estimate, using general program pricing, and it does not include fees (including application and resource kit fees).  Your price may be higher or lower depending on your specialization, transfer credits, and tuition discounts. If transfer credits are allowed in this offering, the prices above show what you would pay if you brought in the average number of transfer credits and the price if you brought in the maximum allowed transfer credits.  

Get the Details

Speak with an enrollment counselor to get a personalized cost estimate for what you can expect to pay.

Accredited & Recognized

Capella University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Accreditation and recognitions provide the assurance we meet standards for quality of faculty, curriculum, learner services, and fiscal stability. See all of our accreditations and recognitions

Ways to Save

At Capella, we believe your education is an investment in your future. It’s also an investment within your grasp. Your goals are achievable—there are more ways to save than you might think. 

Reduce Your Tuition with $3K

Enroll in your master's degree, apply for the scholarship, meet eligibility requirements, and receive up to $3K.

Transfer Credits

We can accept many transfer credits from regionally accredited schools.


There are a variety of need-based federal grants available to help pay for tuition and costs.

MS in Education, Special Education Teaching Sample Courses

Courses in this online MS in Education, Special Education Teaching specialization can prepare you to plan, implement, and evaluate curriculum and instructional strategies to enhance and promote success for children with learning disabilities.

Course Number Course Title
ED5706 Assessment and Planning for Students with Disabilities
ED5707 Instruction for Students with Disabilities
ED5712 Communication, Consultation, and Collaboration for Special Education
EDT5150 Instructional Coaching to Improve Teaching and Learning

What You’ll Learn

The right education can change everything. Explore how you can inspire and support children with learning disabilities.

  • Understand the role and structure of special education within the educational system.
  • Ethically and professionally apply policy and procedures for individuals with exceptional needs.

  • Plan, implement, and evaluate instructional strategies to enhance and promote learning.
  • Work effectively with all stakeholders to support the individuals with exceptional needs.

MS in Education, Special Education Teaching Career Insights

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MS in Education—Professional Paths

Your education can help you reach your goals, professionally and personally. Here are some of the jobs and employment settings to explore with a Master of Education, Special Education Teaching.

Related Job Titles to Explore*

  • Special education teacher
  • Special education consultant
  • Adjunct or part-time faculty
  • Teacher mentor or supervisor

Related Employment Settings to Explore

  • K-12 public or private school
  • Education service center
  • Private tutoring company
  • Land-based or online college or university

*These are examples intended to serve as a general guide. Some positions may prefer or even require previous experience, licensure, certifications, and/or other designations along with a degree. Because many factors determine what position an individual may attain, Capella cannot guarantee that a graduate will secure any specific job title, a promotion, salary increase, or other career outcome. We encourage you to research requirements for your job target and career goals.

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Ready for the Next Step?

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