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Explore our MS in Education Special Education (Non-Licensure) (Grades K–12) specialization

If you’re an experienced special educator with the desire to enhance your skills, this MSEd specialization offers a path to continuing professional achievement. Gain leadership skills to support and sustain effective practices for students with exceptionalities.

Coursework in this program synthesizes the most current research in the arenas of neuroscience, assessment, and scientifically based interventions. Real-world case studies and virtual scenarios encourage collaborative problem-solving using research-based strategies. You’ll focus on learning practical strategies that include:

  • Investigating current laws and regulations to effectively advocate for students with exceptionalities.
  • Assembling and evaluating data about individuals with exceptionalities in order to make effective decisions related to education programs.
  • Employing assistive technology to promote higher levels of student engagement and learning.
  • Establishing and fostering a culturally responsive classroom that supports learning at all levels.
  • Producing a practical toolkit to use throughout your teaching career.

This specialization is offered in both the traditional program and accelerated option.

Program Savings

Receive up to a $3,000 Walden Live & Learn Grant if you reside in the U.S. and start this program on March 7, 2022. Contact one of our Enrollment Specialists to learn more.

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Learning Tracks

MSEd Traditional: If you’re more comfortable with structured learning, a predictable course load, and a fixed schedule, consider our 20-month traditional MSEd track. The manageable workload is perfect for busy professionals who have a limited amount of weekly time to devote to their studies.

MSEd Accelerated: If you’re a highly motivated educator who wants to fast-track your learning, the MSEd Accelerated track is for you. You can gain all the skills and valuable insights found in the traditional MSEd track and earn your degree in just 12 months.2

MSEd One-Credit: If you’re looking for an innovative, intensive learning experience that offers a set semester-based tuition schedule, the MSEd One-Credit format is a great fit for you. Walden’s MSEd One-Credit Elementary Education format is driven by a classroom teacher-focused curriculum offered in three completion options: 12 months, 16 months, or 20 months.1


Many Walden degree-seeking students—67%—receive some form of financial aid.* Create a customized plan that makes sense for you.

*Source: Walden University’s Office of Financial Aid. Data reports as of 2018.

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Program Savings

Receive up to a $3,000 Walden Live & Learn Grant if you reside in the U.S. and start this program on March 7, 2022. Contact one of our Enrollment Specialists to learn more.

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Admission Requirements

To be considered for this master’s program, you must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university, teaching experience, and meet the general admission requirements. All applicants must submit a completed online application and transcripts. Depending on program specialization, additional requirements may apply.

More information for international applicants.

Learning Outcomes

Graduates of this program will be prepared to:

  • Advocate for legal and ethical policy that supports high quality education for individuals with exceptional learning needs.
  • Provide leadership through effective communication and use of technology to promote practices and procedures that support and respect all individuals and result in positive, productive work environments.
  • Use educational research to increase expertise, improve instructional and intervention techniques and materials, and foster an environment that supports instructional improvement.
  • Plan, present, and evaluate professional development for self and others that focuses on supporting student access to learning through effective teaching strategies, curriculum standards, and assistive technology.
  • Collaborate with multiple stakeholders to improve instructional programs at the school and systems levels and develop procedures to improve management systems.
  • Create supportive environments that safeguard the legal rights of students and their families.
  • Understand the significance of the role of collaboration and promote understanding, resolve conflicts, and build consensus among both internal and external stakeholders.



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