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Special Education (MA) - Disabilities 
Program Description

The Special Education MA Online Master’s Program-Disabilities (OMAD) offers exceptional individuals who wish to pursue a master’s degree the opportunity to earn a master's degree in 1.5 -2  years or more.This OMAD accepts students who apply to the Graduate College of the University of Arizona through Grad Apps. Once admitted to the Special Education Online MA program, OMAD, students may take 3-12 units of graduate coursework during each semester towards their Master’s degree.

Graduates of the OMAD complete coursework, and a Master’s Report, and earn a Master’s Degree special education at the University of Arizona.  Students take core courses and choose from the curriculum a Master’s Degree specialization from the following areas.

Advisor:  Dr. Maria Nahmias 

Department/Academic Unit(s)

Dept of Disability & Psychoeducational Studies -

The Department of Disability and Psychoeducational Studies is committed to research about and teaching of students with disabilities and special abilities. The department’s research, teaching, and service address current issues in special education, rehabilitation, school psychology, and deaf studies. The Department of Disability and Psychoeducational Studies (DPS) is dedicated to advancing human and economic development through the empowerment and effective inclusion of culturally diverse individuals with disabilities and special abilities of all ages. This is accomplished by conducting research to further knowledge and understanding of abilities, disabilities, adaptations, interventions, and support systems; preparing professionals to educate and facilitate the development of individuals with disabilities and special abilities; and providing leadership at the local, state, national, and international levels. To accomplish our mission, the department offers nationally recognized undergraduate, master's, educational specialist, and doctoral-level degrees to prepare teachers, counselors, specialists, administrators, school psychologists, school counselors, and researchers and educators in special education, rehabilitation, school psychology, gifted education, sign language and deaf studies, and educational interpreting.
College of Education  
Campus where offered
UA Online  
Admissions Contact
Cecilia Carlon
Graduate Program Coordinator
Cecilia Carlon
Director of Graduate Studies
Vanessa Perry
Graduate College Degree Counselor
Annie Prisbrey
Tuition and Fees
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Admissions Information

Admissions Requirements

Admission Requirements

3 letters of recommendation. Applicant may use employers and professors as references.

1 Statement of purpose / autobiographical essay - (1-2 pages, double spaced)

Submit official transcripts of all college work from each college or university previously attended.

English proficiency is one of the conditions for admission for all applicants whose native language is not English. Applicants must submit a minimum TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score of 79 internet based (iBT), 550 paper based (PB), or IELTS (International English Language Testing System) composite score of 7 (no subject area below a 6). Individual departments may require a higher score and may have minimum score requirements by test module that must be met to qualify for admission.  The institutional code for the University of Arizona is 4832.


Standardized Tests


    International Students Only

The institutional code for the University of Arizona is 4832.

    Minimum TOEFL: 79 (IBT) 550 (PB) or

    Minimum IELTS: Composite score of 7 (no subject area below a 6)

   Please review our English Proficiency Requirement list to verify your need to submit an English proficiency test.


Financial Aid

Contact the UA Financial Aid Office for information about applying for financial aid.

Contact the program advisor or program faculty for funding available within the program.

Admissions Deadlines

Domestic Applicants:

  • Fall admission: February 15
  • Spring Admission:  October 30

International Applicants:

  • Fall admission: December 1
  • Spring Admission:  June 1
International Conditional Admission
International applicants will not be considered for conditional admission by this program.
Other Information
The GRE Institution Code for The University of Arizona is 4832

Completion Requirements

Degree Requirements

36 semester hours of coursework


1. BA from an accredited institution

2. Experience with and access to persons with disabilities for course completion

3. Must not be seeking state certification as a special education teacher via this program

Core Courses (30 units)

  • SERP 502 – Behavior Principles and Disability: Assessment and Intervention (3 units)
  • SERP 503 – Special Services in the Schools (3 units)
  • SERP 504 – Cultural and Linguistic Diversity in Exceptional Learners (3 units)
  • SERP 509 – Foundations of High Incidence Disabilities (3 units)
  • SERP 515 – Assessment & Instruction: Learners with Low Incidence Disabilities (3 units)
  • SERP 534 – Language Development for the Exceptional Child (3 units)
  • SERP 556 – Research Methods in Education (3 units)
  • SERP 597E – Consultation and Collaboration for Special Needs Students (3 units)
  • SERP 909 – Master’s Report (6 units)

Specializations (Choose one, 6 units)

Challenging Behavior

  • SERP 529A – Advanced Positive Behavioral Support I (3 units)
  • SERP 529B – Advanced Positive Behavioral Support II (3 units)

Sensory Impairments

  • SERP 521 – Introduction to Visual Impairments and Deaf-Blindness (3 units)
  • SERP 530 – Education and Rehabilitation of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Individuals (3 units)

Autism Spectrum Disorder

  • SERP 564 – Introduction to Learners with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) (3 units)
  • SERP 595A – Assessing and Educating Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (3 units)

Gifted Students

  • SERP 597A – Creativity and Giftedness (6 units)


Minor Requirements
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Last revised 24 Jul 2019