Special Education Teaching MS in Education

Master of Science in 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

Reduce your tuition by 30%

Enroll in an eligible program and apply for our Front Line Heroes Discount to save 30% on your master's degree.

Apply now »

Classes Start October 12th

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 FALL20).

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 experts will set you up for success. They’ll help you find the right degree and program, and answer all your questions about Capella.


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

A more structured learning format with an active peer community and faculty guidance. 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
$455 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. 

Save 30% off your master's

Apply for our Front Line Heroes Discount to receive 30% off the cost of tuition.

Transfer credits

We can accept many transfer credits from regionally accredited schools.

Prior learning assessment

Earn credits by demonstrating your knowledge and/or industry certifications through our prior learning assessment process.

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.

Show course with description
Assessment and Planning for Students with Disabilities

Learners in this course study referral, assessment, placement, and planning procedures for students with disabilities. Learners evaluate the use of formal and informal assessments, design individual education plans, and examine appropriate methods for reducing bias in assessment. Learners also apply methods and strategies used within the Response to Intervention framework with P–12 students. This course requires access to a P–12 classroom and/or educational stakeholders in a P–12 school or district.

4 quarter credits
Instruction for Students with Disabilities

In this course, learners study ways to develop differentiated academic lesson plans (e.g., reading, writing, calculation, or mathematical reasoning). Learners examine how researchbased instruction can support students with disabilities. Learners also develop methods of managing the social, emotional, and behavioral needs of students with disabilities. This course requires access to a P–12 classroom and/or educational stakeholders in a P–12 school or district.

4 quarter credits
Communication, Consultation, and Collaboration for Special Education

This course focuses on communication and interaction among children, families, teachers, and the community to support the learning and well-being of students with diverse learning needs. Learners examine methods of consulting and collaborating with teachers, agencies, support personnel, and other professionals to provide effective special educational services. Learners study culturally responsive collaboration and communication practices that improve programs, services, and outcomes for diverse learners.

4 quarter credits
Instructional Coaching to Improve Teaching and Learning

This course focuses on coaching models and techniques that are solution oriented. Learners evaluate and implement coaching models, planning strategies for professional growth, setting goals, monitoring progress, and identifying accountabilities in order to determine the effectiveness of assessment and evaluation models that aim to strengthen the knowledge, skills, dispositions, and classroom practices of teachers. Learners also review comprehensive performance assessment and evaluation systems that provide targeted support, assistance, and professional growth opportunities based on teachers’ individual needs as well as the needs of their students, schools, and districts. This course requires access to an educational setting, students or learners, and/or classroom practitioners.

4 quarter credits

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

What Can You Do With a Special Education Degree?

Discover what you'll learn and potential career options to explore with a special education degree.

Which K-12 Education Career Path Is Best for Me?

Want to advance in K-12 education? Consider a degree that connects with these specializations and career paths.

6 Essential Soft Skills for K-12 Teachers

Six soft skills beneficial for teachers to have, along with tips and resources for developing them.

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 lead teacher
  • Adjunct or part-time faculty of education courses

Employment Settings to Explore

  • K-12 public or private school
  • K-12 virtual or charter school
  • Residential facility
  • Hospital
  • Childcare center
  • 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.

Other programs to explore

Is this program close to what you need, but maybe not a perfect fit? The programs below might be interesting. Check them out to find one that suits your academic and professional goals.

Ready for the next step?

Learning online doesn't mean going it alone. Help is here. From faculty, coaches, advisors, and more. Plus a supportive community of students who are as passionate about their careers as you are about yours.