24 months
685 USD/credit 15070 USD/year
685 USD/credit 15070 USD/year
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The Master of Arts in Teaching in Special Education program from National Louis University is for students who have already earned their bachelor’s degree in another discipline and are interested in a career in this specialized area of education.

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If you’d like to obtain a special educator role, this Master of Arts in Teaching in Special Education program from National Louis University will lead you to your Illinois Professional Educator License (PEL) endorsed for LBS1 (pre-K to age 21) through a focused 47 semester hour course sequence.


The number of students requiring special education services has grown steadily in recent years due to improvements that have allowed learning disabilities to be diagnosed at earlier ages. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook, career opportunities for special education teachers is expected to increase and many districts report problems finding adequate numbers of certified special education teachers.

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

Programme Structure

Courses include: 

  • Introduction to and Methods of Teaching Students witn Disabilities 
  • Educational and Diagnostic Assessment of Exceptional Children and Adolescents 
  • Frameworks, Perspectives, and Collaboration in Special Education 
  • Methods of Social / Emotional Support 
  • Literacy Across the Curriculum for Students witn Disabilities 
  • Literacy Instruction for Diverse Learners 
  • Teaching Students with Math Disabilities 
  • Practicum 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


44 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

    15070 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 685 USD per credit during 24 months.
  • National

    15070 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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