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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
- Required Degree: Bachelor's degree with 18 credit hours in field of study or in another appropriate field of study.
- Other Degree Requirements: Applicants without adequate preparation in education may be required to complete preparatory courses as a condition of admission.
- General University Requirements: A degree seeking applicant must meet university wide requirements.
- Application: A complete Graduate School application.
- Transcripts: Official transcripts from all institutions attended. All international transcripts must be recorded in English or officially translated to English.
- Resume or Curriculum Vitae: Not required
- Letters of Recommendation: Not required
- Statement of Purpose: Not required
- Test Scores: Individuals who do not meet the University-wide graduate admission GPA may be required to submit GRE scores. The scores may not be older than five years.
- Other: None.
- Evaluation of Foreign Credentials: U.S. Citizens (Domestic) or permanent residents who have earned university level credit from foreign institutions are required to submit all official transcripts from foreign institutions along with an evaluation of the transcripts from an approved Foreign Credential Agency.
- An approved evaluation requires a detailed course-by-course evaluation. Summaries will not be accepted.
- The Foreign Credentials Service of America (FCSA) is a private corporation that provides evaluations of foreign school credentials. The application is available at: Application for Credentials Evaluation.
- International Applicants:
- IELTS: Minimum score of 6.5.
- TOEFL: Minimum scores of 79 or 550 for Internet or paper versions, respectively.
- Additional Requirements: A degree seeking applicant must meet international graduate student admission requirements.
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.