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Special Education (MA) - Accelerated Master's Program 
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Special Education (MA)-Accelerated Master’s Program

Program Description

The Special Education Accelerated Master’s Program (AMP) offers exceptional undergraduate students pursuing the BS-Mild Moderate Disabilities Degree the opportunity to earn both a bachelor's degree and master's degree in as few as 5 years.

This AMP accepts only students currently enrolled in the UA College of Education Bachelor’s Degree in Special Education (BS-Mild Moderate Disabilities). Once admitted to the Special Education AMP, students may take up to 12 units of graduate coursework during the senior year that may apply toward both the Bachelor’s and the Master’s degrees.

Graduates of this AMP will earn the BS in Mild Moderate Disabilities with Arizona teacher certification in Mild Moderate Disabilities AND a Master’s Degree in one additional area of special education. Students will choose a Master’s Degree specialization from the following areas.

Special Education (MA) – Severe & Multiple Disabilities

Special Education (MA) – Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Special Education (MA) – Visual Impairment

Students who complete the student teaching requirement of the Master’s Degree program will also qualify to be recommended for Arizona teacher certification in their area of specialization.

Arizona Teacher Certification Severe and Profound Disabilities K-12.

Arizona Teacher Certification Hearing Impaired Special Education, Birth-12.

Arizona Teacher Certification Visually Impaired Special Education, Birth-12.

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
  1. Completion of a minimum of 75 undergraduate credit hours will be required at the time of application; a minimum of 90 undergraduate credit hours will be required at the time of entry into the AMP. If the student’s GPA falls below 3.3 at the time they have completed 90 units, the student will not be admitted into the program. Courses taken for audit may not be included in the total number of units counted for eligibility or admission.
  2. A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.3 on a minimum of 12 units of undergraduate coursework at the UA.
  3. Documentation of 60 contact hours with children with special needs in a public school classroom.
  4. A minimum of two professional letters of recommendation AND one recommendation form.
  5. Have successfully completed or be in process of completing the all following courses: Math 105 or equivalent, Math 302A or equivalent, Math 302B or equivalent, English 102, 2nd semester second language proficiency.
  6. Completion of at least 12 earned undergraduate credits in their major at the University of Arizona’s main campus. Units still graded Incomplete, units graded Pass/Fail or units taken as audit will not count toward the requirement of the 12 undergraduate units.
  7. Completion or near completion of general education requirements (no more than one course remaining).
  8. Submission of a graduate application and payment of a graduate application fee.
  9. Demonstration of the maturity necessary for success in an accelerated, highly competitive program to be ascertained by reviews of undergraduate performance, personal statement, letters of reference, and interviews.
  10. Expectation to complete the undergraduate degree within four years. The undergraduate degree requirements must be completed before the student is eligible to have the Master’s degree awarded. 

Additional AMP Degree & Tuition Policies

  1. Students will be considered undergraduates until they complete their undergraduate requirements, which should be no later than the end of the fourth year.
  2. Students entering with Advanced Placement Credit and/or who attend summer school may complete their Bachelor’s degree in the Junior year.
  3. During years 1-3 (or approximately 0-90 credits) students will be taking undergraduate coursework and charged at the undergraduate rate.
  4. Once admitted to AMP, during the senior (or transition year), students may take up to 12 units of graduate coursework that may apply toward both the Bachelor’s and the Master’s degrees.  Students will be charged at the undergraduate rate and retain eligibility for undergraduate scholarships.
  5. Students classified as seniors who have not yet completed a bachelor's degree may enroll in 500-level courses following the Graduate Credit for Seniors Policy. Courses numbered at the 600, 700 and 900 levels are not open to undergraduates. 
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Financial Aid

Contact the UA Financial Aid Office for information about applying for financial aid.


Contact the program advisor or program faculty for funding available within the program.

Admissions Deadlines

Domestic Applicants:

  • Fall: February 15
  • Spring: October 1

International Applicants:

  • Fall: December 1
  • Spring: 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

Degree Requirements

The Special Education AMP requires 36 units to graduate with the Special Education Master’s Degree. Completion of the student teaching requirement and some additional units are required to receive recommendation for an Arizona Department of Education Teaching Certificate in the area of specialization.

Core Course Requirements

SERP 502         Behavior Principles and Disability

SERP 504         Cultural and Linguistic Diversity in Exceptional Learners

SERP 556         Research Methods in Education

SERP 593         Student Teaching

Specialization Requirements

Deaf and Hard of Hearing Specialization

SERP 530         Educational Issues: Deaf and Hard of Hearing

SERP 532         Principles of Listening & Spoken Language

SERP 534         Language Development for the Exceptional Child

SERP 537         Language and Literacy

SERP 538         Assessment/Development: Listening & Spoken Language

SERP 567         Audiology Practices in Education

SERP 594         Practicum

SERP 597N      Collaboration & Consultation

SERP 599         Independent Study

Severe and Multiple Disabilities Specialization

SERP 513         Assessing and Educating Students with Intellectual & Severe Disabilities

SERP 515         Assessment & Instruction: Low Incidence Disabilities

SERP 518         Augmentative Communication for Learners with Severe Disabilities

SERP 521         Introduction to Visual Impairments and Deaf-Blindness

SERP 564         Introduction to Learners with Autism Spectrum Disorders

SERP 591         Preceptorship

Visual Impairment Specialization

SERP 515         Assessment & Instruction: Learners with Low Incidence Disabilities

SERP 520         Low Vision and Visual Functioning

SERP 519B       Assistive Technology for People with Visual Impairments

SERP 521         Introduction to Visual Impairments and Deaf-Blindness

SERP 523A       Braille I

SERP 523B       Braille II

SERP 522         Orientation & Mobility for Teachers of Individuals with Visual Impairments

SERP 524         Methods of Teaching the Visually Impaired

Minor Requirements

There are no minor requirements.

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Last revised 13 Dec 2017