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. This OMAD program accepts students who apply to the Graduate College of the University of Arizona through GradApp. Once admitted to the Special Education Online MA Program in Disabilities, students take 3-9 units of graduate coursework during each semester towards their master’s degree. Many financial aid opportunities require students to attend at least half-time (6 units).
Graduates of the Online MA Program in Special Education-Disabilities complete coursework, and a Master’s Report, and earn a master’s degree at the University of Arizona. Students take 30 units of core courses and choose one of three specializations where they will enroll in 6 units of courses to complete this master’s degree program. This program provides you with an academic foundation in special education and skills needed to work with children or young adults with disabilities.
Advisor: Dr. Maria Nahmias
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.
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1. GPA equal to or greater than + 3.0 / 4.0; Bachelor's Degree; Coursework in Education or Psychology or related fields preferred.
2. Three letters of recommendation. Applicant may use employers and professors as references.
3. One personal statement- (1-2 pages, double spaced)
4. Unofficial transcripts of all previous college work from each college or university previously attended must be uploaded with your application. Applicants recommended for admission will be required to submit final official transcripts to the Graduate College admissions office.
4. 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.
NO GRE IS REQUIRED.
The following information pertains to 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.
Students may look for scholarship opportunities at this University of Arizona website, Scholarship Universe, by visiting https://financialaid.arizona.edu/scholarshipuniverse.
International applicants will not be considered for conditional admission by 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)
Elective Courses (6 units)
6 units of coursework within one of the approved specializations is required for this degree program. Choose one specialization, 6 units.
SERP 529A – Advanced Positive Behavioral Support I (3 units)
SERP 529B – Advanced Positive Behavioral Support II (3 units)
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)
SERP 909: Master's Report earning a grade of P or S.
Please refer to the Graduate Student Handbook for students who are pursuing this program of study.