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.

Application Deadline

  • 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) 

Admission Requirements

  • A bachelor’s degree from a Regionally Accredited American College or University, or an equivalent degree from another country as determined by the Office of Admissions
  • Cumulative undergraduate grade-point average (GPA) of 3.00 or better on a four-point scale
  • Graduate Record Exam (GRE) General test (verbal and quantitative) combined score of at least 300 (preferred)
  • Applicants whose first language is not English must score at least 100 (Internet-based) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) (English Proficiency Requirements)
  • Experience and/or teaching licensure/certification
  • An interview may be requested

Final admission decisions are made by the Special Education Graduate Admissions Committee and are based on a composite analysis of the candidate's likelihood for success in the program.

Application Procedure

  1. Create an application account to begin the application process.
  2. Submit the online application to the Graduate College and pay the $60 application fee by credit card ($100 for international applicants).
  3. Once you have submitted your application, you will receive email instructions on how to establish your HawkID and password which you will use to access MyUI, our online service center for students and applicants.
  4. You will use your Admissions Profile on MyUI to upload required supplemental materials.

Required Supplemental Materials

  • Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions
  • Official GRE scores from Educational Testing Service (the University’s institutional code is 6681)
  • Official TOEFL scores may be required for some non-native speakers of English
  • Evidence of experience and/or teacher licensure/certification
  • A statement of purpose
  • Three letters of recommendation*

* You will be asked to give the contact information of your recommenders, including their email, on your Admissions Profile. The recommender will then get an email with instructions on how to upload the recommendation letter and/or form.

Contacts

Application questions can be directed to: Sue Cline in the Office of Student Services, 319/335-5260, sue-cline@uiowa.edu.

We look forward to receiving your application!

The M.A. program in special education prepares individuals to deliver appropriate levels of service to 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, and institutions of higher education.  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. All teacher licensure/certification programs are approved by the Iowa Department of Education.

The following program specializations are available: 

Employment Opportunities

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
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) 

Application Questions

Sue Cline
Office of Student Services
319-335-5260
sue-cline@uiowa.edu.