The face-to-face Master of Arts in Special Education degree at Appalachian
Make a positive impact on children with learning disabilities. Gain skills and strategies specific to the education of special needs students with the Master of Arts in Special Education program at Appalachian State University.
This program will prepare you to work with students with intellectual disabilities (mental retardation), learning disabilities and/or students with emotional/behavioral disorders.
The program fulfills requirements for the advanced competencies licensure from the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, making you eligible for employment in a variety of special education settings, including public and private schools.
Distance Education at Appalachian: Keep your life… Change your future.
- Special education teacher
- Social services assistant
- Clinical services
- Intellectual Disabilities: Click for course information
- Learning Disabilities: Click for course information
- Emotional/Behavioral Disorders: Click for course information
(Note: Not all courses listed may be delivered to Distance Education students. Refer curriculum questions to the program contact.)
- Two classes per semester with evening meeting times
- Occasional online class or weekend meeting time is possible
- Some online elements may be integrated
- Completion time: two years
Eligibility and application requirements
- Hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution
- Have GRE or MAT test scores no older than five years (Click for entrance exam waiver eligibility)
- Meet Graduate School admission criteria
Note: Requirements for this concentration were designed, and have been approved by the appropriate bodies at the state level, to meet the advanced competencies as mandated in the North Carolina Excellent Schools Act for Master-level (M-level) teacher education programs ONLY for students with A-level license from North Carolina or equivalent. Graduates seeking M-level license must have A-level license at the time of application for M-level license.
- Completed online application to graduate school
- Official (sealed or electronic) transcript from each college or university attended (other than Appalachian)
- Three references
- Application fee
Out of State Licensure
Appalachian cannot confirm whether this professional licensure program will meet the requirements for professional licensure outside North Carolina; therefore, prior to enrollment, if you intend to practice in another state, you must determine if this program meets requirements for licensure in your state by contacting your appropriate licensing agencies.