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Special Education - Mild-Moderate Disabilities, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
    Duration
University rank #262 (QS) , AZ,
The UA College of Education MA in Mild Moderate Special Education is a 38-unit MA degree that is designed to prepare you to teach students with mild to moderate disabilities. Our program is accredited by the Arizona Department of Education. Students who complete the program receive the MA degree. 

About

In addition to the traditional two-year MA plan or part-time study, we now provide options for qualified applicants to complete the Mild-Moderate MA and earn teacher certification in one year. These options provide a faster path to graduation and can significantly reduce the cost of obtaining your MA and special education teacher certification.

UA Undergraduate + One Option

If you are a current UA College of Education undergraduate, you can earn your Mild-Moderate MA and teacher certification in one year. Students in this option apply to take select online Graduate coursework during the Fall and Spring semesters of their Senior year. Program requirements can then be completed through Graduate Summer online coursework and full-time Fall and Spring coursework. The program includes supervised teaching experiences during the Fall and Spring semesters.

One-Year Mild-Moderate MA Option

If you have a Bachelor’s degree from the UA or another accredited university, you can complete the Mild-Moderate MA and earn your special education teacher certification in one year. Students who pursue this option will complete a challenging Summer of online coursework (5 Summer courses). Program requirements are then completed during full-time online and on-campus Fall and Spring coursework. The program includes supervised teaching experiences during the Fall and Spring semesters.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Introduction to Special Education
  • Behavior Principles and Disability
  • Special Education Law and Policy
  • Cultural and Linguistic Diversity in Special Education
  • Research Methods in Education

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details: Traditional and Part-Time Mild-Moderate MADeadline for Fall Entry: March 15Deadline for Spring Entry: September 15One Year Mild-Mild Moderate MA OptionDeadline for Summer Entry: April 15
  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
    Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 12 months
  • Credits
    38 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

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    7

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  • Minimum required score:

    79

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  • Minimum required score:

    550

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General Requirements

  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.
  • Official transcripts showing a grade point average of “B” or better (3.0 on a 4.0 scale).
  • A two-page personal statement describing your experience working with children or youth who have disabilities and how you expect the Mild-Moderate MA program to improve your impact with children or youth with disabilities.
  • Evidence of previous teaching experience. If you do not hold a teaching certificate, we require evidence of experience working with children or youth with disabilities.
  • Three professional letters of recommendation.
  • An interview with a faculty member. 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    36566 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 36566 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    36400 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 36400 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • In-State

    12400 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 12400 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Tucson

  • 830 - 1140 USD/month
    Living Costs

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