Special Education (MA) - Mild-Moderate Disabilities
Traditional and Part-time
Students who are traditional full-time graduate students can complete the 36-unit program in 4 semesters. Part-time students will naturally take longer to complete the program.
In addition to the traditional two-year MA plan or part-time study, we provide options for qualified applicants to complete the Mild-Moderate MA and earn teacher certification in one year. These options provide a faster path to graduation and can significantly reduce the cost of obtaining your MA and special education teacher certification. All students who desire teacher certification must complete half-day supervised teaching experiences during two semesters.
UA Undergraduate + One Option
If you are a current UA College of Education undergraduate, you can earn your Mild-Moderate MA and teacher certification in one year. Students in this option apply to take online Graduate coursework during the Fall and Spring semesters of their Senior year. Program requirements can then be completed through Graduate Summer online coursework and full-time Fall and Spring coursework. The program includes half-day supervised teaching experiences during the Fall and Spring semesters.
One-Year Mild-Moderate MA Option
If you have a Bachelor’s degree from the UA or another accredited university, you can complete the Mild-Moderate MA and earn your special education teacher certification in one year. Students who pursue this option will complete a challenging Summer of online coursework (5 Summer courses). Program requirements are then completed during full-time online and on-campus Fall and Spring coursework. The program includes half-day supervised teaching experiences during the Fall and Spring semesters.
Teacher Certification Information
The Graduate Program in Mild-Moderate Disabilities is designed to meet the requirements for Arizona teacher certification in the area of mild-moderate special education. In addition to receiving a Master’s Degree in Special Education, graduates are eligible for an “institutional recommendation” from the UA that facilitates the process of receiving an Arizona teaching certificate. For more information about completing the certification process, refer to the Certification FAQ.
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.
The Graduate College requires an Application for Admission submitted online, along with an application fee.
The department requires the following documents to be submitted through your online application:
· Two Official Transcripts of all previous college work from each college or university previously attended being sent Attention: Cecilia Carlon at the College of Education at P.O. Box 210069, Tucson, AZ 85721-0069. You are also welcome to bring official copies to Room 414 at the College of Education.
· International students must provide a TOEFL score of minimum 79, and scores cannot be older than two years. The institutional code for the University of Arizona is 4832.
· Three letters of recommendation from persons who have direct knowledge of your academic and/or professional performance and potential for graduate study. These letters should be recent. It is preferable to have letters of recommendation that are specific to admission to our program and your recommenders will be able to upload letters through this venue. (Look for instructions below)
· Autobiographical essay (1-2 pages, double spaced) that describes:
o how the applicant's professional, educational, and life experiences have influenced the desire to pursue graduate studies in the area of Behavior Support.
o the applicant's career goals and how graduate study would contribute to their realization, and
o the applicant's goals and objectives for graduate study
o the autobiographical essay has the option to be uploaded (look for instructions below)
Your application will be considered once you have submitted all required documentation. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed and will be automatically denied. Once your application has been submitted, you may check the status of your application at any time by logging in to this account and opening this application. Please do not call the department regarding the status of your application. You will be notified via email as soon as a decision has been reached.
GRE scores not required
International Students Only
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.
Contact your advisor or program faculty for information by visiting the department web site at http://www.coe.arizona.edu/dps
Admissions Deadlines Domestic Applicants:
(*Note: You and your advisor will plan the order in which you take courses, any additional required or optional coursework, and the length of your program).
There are no minor requirements for this degree