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.
| 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
||Must meet university wide requirements.
||A completed a Graduate School application.
||Official transcripts from all institutions attended. All international transcripts must be recorded in English or officially translated to English.
| Resume or Curriculum Vitae
| Letters of Recommendation
| Statement of Purpose
| Test Scores
||Individuals who do not meet the University-wide graduate admission GPA may be required to submit GRE scores. General GRE, may not be older than five years.
| Evaluation of Foreign Credentials
All applicants including non-U.S. citizens (International), U.S. Citizens, and permanent residents who have earned university-level credit from foreign institutions are required to submit official transcripts along with an evaluation of the transcripts from Foreign Credentials Service of America.
| International Applicants
||Must meet international graduate student admission requirements
- IELTS: Minimum score of 6.5.
- TOEFL: Minimum scores of 79 or 60 for Internet or paper versions, respectively.
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.
Course Scheduling and Offerings
- Courses are offered at night once a week for three hours (6 PM to 8:45 PM) Monday-Thursday in the fall or spring. Or, during the day two hours a day Monday through Friday in the four-week summer sessions. In addition, some courses are available at night meeting Monday through Friday for three weeks in the May-mester.
- This program is housed on the UTSA Main Campus.