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Special Education, M.A.
Basic Degree Information/Description
The Master of Arts Degree in Education with a concentration in Special Education is designed for individuals seeking initial, additional or advanced preparation as educators, counselors, and other professionals in serving individuals with disabilities in a variety of settings. The program is intended to offer students the opportunity to acquire theoretical understanding and classroom/clinical experiences in order to develop and apply effective instructional, habilitation skills and therapeutic practices for working with individuals with disabilities and their families. Graduates of the program go on to, or continue their careers in serving children, youth, and adults with intellectual, scholastic, social, and behavioral disabilities as teachers, supervisors, and administrators in public and private education and service agencies.
Why pursue an M.A. in Education - Special Education?
The program enables students in all stages of their careers to gain deeper knowledge working with individuals with disabilities. Courses cover a range of topics and types of disabilities to offer depth and breadth to students’ knowledge. The program also offers an option to pursue an emphasis in Applied Behavior Analysis. Students interested in becoming eligible to take the Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) Examination should see an advisor for further instructions about the requirements for this program.
- Hours required for degree dependent upon Certification Option.
- For a complete list of degree requirements please see the Graduate Catalog.
Admission Requirements and Deadlines
- Bachelor's degree with 18 credit hours in field of study or in another appropriate field of study.
- A degree seeking applicant must meet university wide requirements.
- A complete Graduate Studies application.
- Official transcripts from all institutions attended. All international transcripts must be recorded in English or officially translated to English.
- If an applicant’s GPA is between 2.7 and 2.99, probationary admission may be granted and the student must maintain a minimum of a 3.0 GPA during the first 12 hours of coursework.
- Individuals who do not meet the University-wide graduate admission grade point average standard may be required to submit Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores for consideration in admission decisions. Some concentrations may also require GRE scores because of licensing regulations.
- Resume or CV, Letters of Recommendation, and Statement of Purpose are not required.
- Minimum TOEFL Score (for International Applicants): 550 paper/79 internet
- Minimum IELTS Score (for International Applicants): 6.5
- Additional Requirements: International students and those with international degrees may be required to submit additional documents per our admissions policies and procedures. The Graduate School reserves the right to request any additional documents needed to fairly and consistently evaluate applicant credentials.
Career Options Available for a M.A in Education - Special Education Graduate
There are several career options for students in our academic program. Some students become teachers, other work at private facilities for student with severe disabilities. Graduates have also been employed at the state hospital. Many graduates become special education supervisors for their campus or school.
Research taking place in the M.A in Education - Special Education program
Current research focuses on using technology to promote achievement for students with disabilities.
Concentration in Applied Behavior Analysis
UTSA has been approved by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board for a course sequence in applied behavior analysis (ABA). As part of the MA/EDU/SPE program, this specialization prepares highly qualified individuals to educate children and youth with autistic and other challenging behaviors in school, home, and community settings. For more information, contact Dr. Lee Mason.