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Special Education (MA) - Online 
Program Description

The online Master of Arts in Special Education programs explore the advanced skills needed to work with children and adults with specialized learning needs. Each program is taught entirely online, offering both comprehensive coursework and the convenience of online learning.

Choose from the following online degree programs:

Master of Arts in Special Education - Behavioral Support

Master of Arts in Special Education - Deaf and Hard of Hearing *

Master of Arts in Special Education - Disabilities


Challenging Behavior

Autism Spectrum Disorder

Sensory Impairments

Gifted Students

*Note: Although the majority of the Master of Arts in Special Education –Deaf and Hard of Hearing program is completed online, students may be required to attend some on-campus sessions.



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.

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)

         Personal Statement (see instructions)

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.



College of Education  
Campus where offered
Main Campus - Tucson  
Admissions Contact
Cecilia Carlon
Graduate Program Coordinator
Cecilia Carlon
Director of Graduate Studies
Carl J Liaupsin
Graduate College Degree Counselor
Lauren Joiner
Tuition and Fees
Please refer to the UA Bursar's Office Tuition and Fees Calculator for up-to-date information about tuition and fees. 
Please refer to the UA Registrar's's Office Special Course Fees for up-to-date information about special course fees. 

Admissions Information

Admissions 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 previous college work from each collere of university previously attended.

Standardized Tests

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.

Financial Aid
The Academic Unit has not provided this information. 
Admissions Deadlines

Domestic Applicants: Fall admission February 15

                                     Spring Admission: September 1

International Aplicants: 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

The program requires 36 units of study and culminates in a Master’s Project rather than a thesis. The sequence of study includes a core of required courses as well as an elective specialization area that more fully explores specific disabilities.

The Online Master’s Degree in Special Education does not provide teacher certification.

Minor Requirements
The Academic Unit has not provided this information. 
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Last revised 04 Jun 2015