The Special Education programs and specializations are committed to developing future professionals and leaders in the fields of special education instruction, research, and education.

Special Education programs are offered in three areas, depending on the degree a student pursues: K­-8 and 5­-12 Instructional Strategist I: Mild/Moderate and K­12 Instructional Strategist II: Behavior Disorder/Learning Disabilities. All teacher licensure and certification programs are approved by the Iowa Department of Education.

Programs

Overview

The Ph.D. in Special Education builds on the theoretical and practical knowledge of candidates, while preparing them with the skills to attain positions in research and leadership in higher level educational institutions. Candidates in the program study and practice extensively in their area of interest in special education. Our Ph.D. program builds on the theoretical and practical knowledge of our candidates, while preparing them with the necessary research skills to attain positions in research and leadership in higher level educational institutions.

Candidates work in:

  • Higher education research and teaching
  • Curriculum development
  • Supervision
  • Administration in state and local education agencies

Application Deadlines

  • Fall Semester—July 15 (April 15 for international students) 
  • Spring Semester—December 1 (October 1 for international students) 
  • Summer Session—April 15 (March 1 for international students) 

 

Visit the degree homepage for more information: 

  • Admission Requirements
  • Application Instructions 
  • Program Requirements

 

 

 

Overview

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.

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. 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.

Visit the degree homepage for more information on admissions requirements, application instructions, and program requirements.

Application Deadlines

  • Fall Semester—July 15 (April 15 for international students) 
  • Spring Semester—December 1 (October 1 for international students) 
  • Summer Session—April 15 (March 1 for international students) 

Overview

The Special Education program’s undergraduate endorsement prepares candidates to teach special education to students in Kindergarten through 8th grade.

Note: Applicants who hold a bachelor's degree and wish to complete a program for endorsement number 260 Special Education Instructional Strategist I Mild/Moderate grades K-8 should apply to the M.A. in Special Education.

How to add an endorsement.

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