M.Ed. On Campus

Special Education

DePaul University

24 months
668 USD/credit 16032 USD/year
668 USD/credit 16032 USD/year
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The Special Education master’s program from DePaul University will prepare you to help exceptional students in kindergarten through 12th grade.


In the Special Education master’s program from DePaul University, you’ll also learn to manage teams, mentor colleagues, coach paraprofessionals and work closely with parents. Your knowledge will fill a nationwide need. According to the National Education Association, 98 percent of U.S. school districts report a need for qualified special educators.

You’ll select one of three concentrations within this program:

  • Pre-Service Special Education
  • Special and Elementary Education
  • Special Education for Teachers

You have the option to pursue an initial Illinois Teaching License (PEL) with a Special Education (LBS1 preK-21) endorsement or with combined Special Education (LBS1 preK-21) and Elementary Education (grades 1-6) endorsements. If you are already licensed a teacher, you can add a Special Education (LBS1 preK-21) endorsement to your PEL.

Classes are offered on DePaul’s Lincoln Park Campus, and this program can be completed in two to three years.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Instruction and differentiation in special education
  • Classroom and behavior management in special education
  • Teaching literacy to exceptional learners
  • Teaching students with significant disabilities
  • Teaching mathematics to exceptional learners
  • Formal assessment in special education 
  • Survey of exceptional learners: psychology and education  
  • Seminar and research in special education
  • Fundamentals of english language learner education

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

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Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Graduate admission application
  • $40 application fee
  • Official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended
  • Résumé
  • Two letters of recommendation from professors or work supervisors
  • Personal statement that discusses your future goals and your thoughts about your career as a special educator.
  • Initial license program requires a writing sample(e.g., a term paper, seminar paper, or senior thesis or portion thereof)

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    16032 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 668 USD per credit during 24 months.
  • National

    16032 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 668 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.


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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