24 months
685 USD/credit 13015 USD/year
685 USD/credit 13015 USD/year
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The Special Education graduate degree from National Louis University in special education is designed specifically for individuals who already have a teaching certificate. NLU’s special education graduate program prepares candidates for a variety of roles working with children and adolescents with exceptional learning needs.

Visit the official programme website for more information


The Special Education graduate degree from National Louis University will lead you to your Illinois Professional Educator License (PEL) endorsed for LBS1 (pre-K to age 21) by entitlement.

Consider getting your master's degree in special education at NLU if you:

  • Already hold a valid teaching license
  • Are looking for LBS1 endorsement
  • Would like to build a career in special education
  • Want to study at a well-established teaching institution


Special education teachers at the elementary and pre-school level have the best outlook, with projected growth of 20 percent. Middle school special education teachers are not far behind, at 18 percent. Expected growth for secondary school special education teachers is projected at 13 percent. Many openings will likely derive from turnover and retirements, as well as growth of the school-age population.

Programme Structure

Course include: 

  • Introduction to and Methods ot Teaching Students witn Disabilities 
  • Educational and Diagnostic Assessment of Exceptional Children and Adolescents 
  • Language Development and Challenges in Children and Adolescents 
  • Frameworks, Perspectives, and Collaboration in Special Education 
  • Methods ot Social}Emotional Support 
  • Literacy Across the Curriculum for Students witn Disabilities 
  • Literacy Instruction for Diverse Learners

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


38 SCH



On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Procedures and requirements are specific to each program. Admission to study in one program does not ensure admission to all programs. 
  • The decision to deny admission cannot be appealed. It is your responsibility to be aware of the policies and requirements of National Louis University as stated in the University catalog. 
  • National Louis University reserves the right to change any provision or requirement, including fees, at any time, with or without notice. 
  • National Louis University admits students to all programs and activities and administers all educational, employment, and other policies without discrimination because of race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, ancestry, disability, military status or marital status. It is expected by the University that all information which is material to the admissions process be accurate and true to the best of the student’s or prospective student’s knowledge. 

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    13015 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 685 USD per credit during 24 months.
  • National

    13015 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 685 USD per credit during 24 months.

Living costs for Chicago

1297 - 2491 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


We are pleased to announce that for all students starting in the Summer 2020 (July) term, NLU is offering brand new undergraduate scholarships for international students! The new scholarships are listed below:

10% Automatic Opportunity Scholarship 

  • Applies to All NLU Undergraduate Programs including Hospitality Management
  • Eligible to Freshman and Transfer Students

50% #YouAreWelcomeHere Scholarship 

  • Awarded to Two Students Every Fall Term
  • Eligible to Freshman Undergraduate Students Only
  • Deadline is July 1st

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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