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Master's Degree in Special Education

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Alicia Langley, M.Ed., Regent Graduate
Alicia Langley, M.Ed.
Special Education Teacher
Virginia Teacher
of Promise, 2012
Regent Graduate, 2012


"This program provided me
with a solid foundation
on how to teach students
with unique challenges."

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The Master of Education in K-12 Special Education (M.Ed.) is designed for individuals seeking K-12 teacher licensure with endorsement in special education as well as current special educators seeking further training in the field of special education. Foci of our Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) approved special education master's degree program include characteristics of students with disabilities, legal and ethical aspects associated with students with disabilities, collaboration and consultation, behavior management, social skills training, language acquisition, instructional methods and assessment.

Master's in Special Education Highlights

Curriculum: View Special Education Courses & Descriptions
Length: 42 credit hours minimum.  Completion credits depend upon additional endorsements / certifications sought. May be completed in 18-24 months.
Format: This program may be taken entirely online. Students may enter the program in the fall, spring, or summer semesters.
Results: Master of Education degree and initial K-12 teaching license with endorsement in special education and a reading specialist option. Regent Autism Certificate is also available.
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Features: This program features increased flexibility with an online delivery, while maintaining a very practical and engaging approach to learning.
Student Information: Learn more about special education requirements.

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Career Opportunities

The Master of Education in K-12 Special Education will prepare you for K-12 teacher licensure with endorsement in special education which may lead to teaching positions in both the public and private setting. Special Education continues to be a severe shortage area nationally in the public school setting and an area of need in many private schools. This degree is also beneficial for general educators working in inclusive settings as it better prepares you for all at-risk populations.

Master's in Special Education graduates will be able to:

  • Embrace integration of the Christian Faith to professional practice.
  • Apply all of the Virginia Department of Education competencies and skills required for state licensure.
  • Exhibit advanced writing skills using APA Format. 
  • Demonstrate critical thinking skills through reflection, scholarship and professionalism.
  • Apply research to practice.



"Employment is expected to increase faster than the average for all occupations. Job prospects should be excellent because many districts report problems finding adequate numbers of licensed special education teachers. The number of special education teachers is expected to increase by 17 percent from 2008 to 2018." Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).


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