The M.A. in Special Education prepares individuals to serve students with disabilities at the elementary and secondary levels in either public or private settings. Graduates of this program qualify for positions in:

  • Public schools
  • Local and state education agencies
  • Clinical settings
  • Institutions of higher education

Note: Applicants may request admission for the purpose of obtaining special education licensure without also completing an M.A. degree.  Students who do not seek licensure may be admitted selectively to the M.A. program.


The M.A. in Special Education provides in-depth theoretical and field work experiences in special education. The 32 semester hour program offers specialization in three areas: K-8 Strategist I, 5-12 Strategist I: Mild/Moderate, Instructional Strategist II: Behavior Disorders/Learning Disabilities (K-12). All teacher licensure/certification programs are approved by the Iowa Department of Education.