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.
Advisor: Dr. Toni Sparks
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
University of Arizona - Main - Tucson
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:
International applicants will not be considered for conditional admission by this program.
SERP 500: Introduction to Special Education (3)
SERP 502: Behavior Principles and Disability (3)
SERP 503: Special Education Law and Policy (3)
SERP 504: Cultural and Linguistic Diversity in Special Education (3)
SERP 556: Research Methods in Education (3)
SERP 593: Internship (9 units)
SERP 507a: Academic Assessment: Mild-Moderate Disabilities (3)
SERP 511a: Basic Academic Skills for Mild-Moderate Disabilities (3)
SERP 534: Language Development for the Exceptional Child (3)
SERP 597E: Consultation and Collaboration in Special Education (3)
(*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.)
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.
Students must complete a thesis, master's report, or comprehensive examination, per the Graduate College's policy.
Please refer to the Graduate Student Handbook for students who are pursuing this program of study.