Special Education (MA) - Severe and Multiple Disabilities
The UA College of Education MA in Special Education is designed to prepare you to teach students with severe multiple disabilities. The program emphasizes inclusive education and evidence-based best practices in teaching children and youth with severe and multiple disabilities, such as moderate to severe intellectual disabilities, severe physical disabilities, deafblindness, and autism spectrum disorders.
Our program is accredited by the Arizona Department of Education. Students who complete the program receive the MA degree. Students who successfully complete the MA and student teaching are eligible to apply for the Severe (K-12) Special Education Teaching Certificate in the state of Arizona.
In addition to the traditional two-year MA plan or part-time study, we now provide an Accelerated Master’s Program option for qualified undergraduate applicants.
Advisor: Dr. Stephanie MacFarland
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.
A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.
Official transcripts showing a grade point average of “B” or better (3.0 on a 4.0 scale).
A two-page personal statement describing your experience working with children or youth who have disabilities and how you expect the Mild-Moderate MA program to improve your impact with children or youth with disabilities.
If you do not hold a teaching certificate, we require evidence of experience working with children or youth with disabilities. Reference to this experience may be included in your letters of recommendation.
Three professional letters of recommendation. We prefer letters from persons who can attest to your ability to do graduate level work and interact effectively with children and youth.
An interview with a program advisor. Your interview will provide you with valuable information about the program and give you an opportunity to ask questions about the program. Your interview may be conducted in person, by phone, or via teleconferencing.
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.
Please refer to the UA Financial Aid Office for up-to-date information about scholarships, grants, and tuition assistance at http://financialaid.arizona.edu/
You may also refer to the College of Education Scholarship page. https://www.coe.arizona.edu/scholarships
3705 for Major
(*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; however, you can focus on an area of specialty concentration under your program advisor. In addition, students should be aware that there are requirements for state certification beyond the 36-unit base MA program requirements. See the details in “Degree Requirements” or the Student Handbook.