Special Education

University of Alaska Southeast

24 months
34272 USD/year
16776 USD/year
Tuition fee
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The M.Ed. program in Special Education prepares teachers to develop and implement culturally responsive special education services for students with disabilities. 

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The mission of the UAS Graduate Studies Program is to help students develop intellectual breadth and the specialized training necessary for careers in teaching, administration and public policy.

The problems facing Alaska and the Nation require both knowledge and new ways of using knowledge to meet current challenges. The graduate programs at UAS consist of discipline specific course sequences, seminars, independent studies, and research investigations differing significantly from the undergraduate experience. 

The program focuses on the unique needs of

  • children and youth with disabilities;
  • Alaska’s diverse Native and non-Native communities; and
  • Alaska’s remote and rural and urban communities.

The M.Ed. program in Special Education is designed to accommodate practicing teachers, paraprofessionals, and other school-based professionals. Courses are offered in the evenings and in the summer and all courses are offered online and/or via audio conference. This e-Learning format allows candidates who live and work in Alaska’s remote and rural communities to remain in their communities while completing their graduate studies. 

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Early Childhood Special Education 
  • Assessment of Students with Disabilities 
  • Curriculum and Strategies: Low Incidence 
  • Curriculum and Strategies: High Incidence 
  • Language & Literacy: Assessment & Intervention 
  • Transition Planning for Secondary Students 
  • Seminar: Special Education: Secondary

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


IELTS or TOEFL needed


36 alternative credits


Blended, Online

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
3 (required)
GRE admission requirements GRE® The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. It contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.
GMAT admission requirements GMAT The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is a test intended to assess certain analytical, writing, quantitative, verbal, and reading skills in written English for use in admission to a graduate management program, such as an MBA. GMAT contains 4 sections - Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative and Verbal. The score has a range from 200 - 800.

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).
6.5 (required)
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at desiganated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
80 (required)
PTE admission requirements PTE Academic PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. The score refers to a total score which ranges between 10 and 90.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A completed graduate application and $60 nonrefundable application fee.
  • An official transcript indicating baccalaureate degree 
  • Copy of current teaching certificate or admission to SOE teaching program.
  • Two letters of recommendation on SOE form.
  • Writing sample (1-2 page typed, double spaced for each topic). : Describe your professional goals and explain why you want to be a special education teacher and/or work with individuals with disabilities. ; Describe your commitment to diversity in school and classroom settings.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    34272 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 17136 USD per semester and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    16776 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 8388 USD per semester and a duration of 24 months.


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