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Special Education Teaching Specialization Master of Science in Education

School of Education

Make an Impact on Children with Learning Disabilities

Are you compelled to inspire children with special needs to achieve academic success? Capella’s online master's in education, special education teaching degree is designed to help you instruct the increasingly diverse populations of children with learning disabilities and special needs. You'll study the most current teaching strategies and participate in field experiences that allow you to apply these skills to real-life situations.

At a Glance

  • Online
  • 6 Core Courses
  • 4 Specialization Courses
  • Capstone

Classes Start October 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.

Admission Requirements »  | $50 Application Fee (waived w/promo SUMMER)

What You’ll Learn

Teach with Compassion

Understand the role and structure of special education within the educational system.

Implement Specialized Teaching

Ethically and professionally apply policy and procedures for individuals with exceptional needs.

Create Effective Curriculum

Plan, implement, and evaluate curriculum and instructional strategies to enhance and promote learning.

Support and Encourage Collaboration

Work effectively with all stakeholders to support the individuals with exceptional needs.

Program Features

Our program offers additional benefits you might be interested in.

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.

Professional Standards  

We incorporate the advanced Council for Exceptional Children standards to assure that individuals with exceptionalities have well-prepared, career-oriented special educators.

Cost & Learning Format

Online education isn’t one size fits all. We know you’re busy—you need a learning experience tailored to your life, not the other way around. Capella has learning and tuition formats to suit you, however you learn. 

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.

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. 

Scholarships for New Students

Capella scholarships, available for qualifying students, aren’t need-based and never have to be repaid.

Transfer Credits

We can accept many transfer credits from regionally accredited schools. 


Grants are federal education funds that never need to be paid back. 

NCATE accreditation

This specialization is part of Capella’s Education Preparation Provider Unit, which is accredited based on the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education standards for a period of eight years, from October 22, 2010, to December 31, 2018.

Accredited & Respected

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

Sample Courses

Our online master's in education, special education teaching degree prepares you to plan, implement, and evaluate curriculum and instructional strategies to enhance and promote learning for children with learning disabilities.

Some of the courses you will take:

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

Faculty & Support

You’re never going it alone at Capella. Our dedicated faculty and support teams are waiting to guide, help, 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 you up for success.  


From enrollment to graduation, coaches help you stay on track. They know your program, answer questions, and cheer you on.


Our distinguished faculty members hold top credentials in their fields. They’re here to teach the knowledge and skills you’ll need, now.

Writing Support

These skilled communicators offer free tutoring services and multiple resources to sharpen your writing skills.

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Move Forward in Your Career

Here are just some of the career options you could explore with our MS in Education, Special Education Teaching degree.

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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