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:
Autism Spectrum Disorder
*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.
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
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.
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.
Domestic Applicants: Fall admission February 15
Spring Admission: September 1
International Aplicants: Fall admission - December 1
Spring Admission: June 1
International applicants will not be considered for conditional admission by this program.
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.
Please refer to the Graduate Student Handbook for students who are pursuing this program of study.