Special Education


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The role of special educators in education and our school systems has never been more important. This master’s degree will build on your experience in elementary or secondary education while broadening your impact through engaging coursework.

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A Great Fit For

  • Someone who enjoys tackling challenges.
  • An individual looking to more effectively work with students who have unique needs.
  • A person looking to expand their opportunities in special education.


Orientation to graduate education programs and readiness for online learning to be completed during the student’s first semester of enrollment. Expectations related to scholarly writing skills are introduced.

Overview of approaches to educational research and pertinent educational theoretical frameworks. Students will examine the role of action research in their practice.

Identify and review scholarly literature, critically evaluate research, and develop skills to write an effective literature review related to topics in special education.

Students examine the systematic design feature of action research, with a focus on selecting effective data tools and creating an implementation plan for a research project.

Students examine evaluation, analysis, and interpretation of action research data, as well as designing strategies for instructional adjustment and re-evaluation.

Using foundational methods of design and analysis, students conduct action research related to special education. A capstone research project, including a review of literature, a systematic inquiry of a research problem, implementation of an intervention, analysis and interpretation of data, and reflection for instructional adjustment.

Expands the use of technology tools in teaching situations and includes an action inquiry project using a technology-infused solution. Discusses issues related to technology and its use in schools.

Examination of socio-cultural concerns and ethics related to educational foundations with emphasis on contemporary issues influencing curriculum, pedagogy, inclusion, human relations, educational policy, and social justice.

  • SPED 502 (3 cr) Survey of Exceptionalities
  • SPED 536 (3-4 cr) Applied Behavior Analysis
  • SPED 551 (3-4 cr) Educational Assessment
  • SPED 560 (3 cr) Consulting in the Schools
  • SPED 561 (3 cr) Curriculum and Instructional Design
  • SPED 564 (3 cr) Data-Collection for Decision Making
  • SPED 632 (3 cr) Intro to Theory & Practice Autism
  • SPED 634 (3 cr) Teaching Students with Autism: Inclusive Settings
  • SPED 635 (2 cr) Coordination of Cooperative Occupational Educ Programs
  • SPED 636 (3 cr) Teaching Students with Autism: Intensive Needs
  • SPED 637 (2 cr) Career-Vocational Assessment & Guidance for those w/Disab
  • SPED 638 (3 cr) Teaching Students with AutismL Assessment
  • SPED 640 (3-4 cr) K-12 Mild/Moderate Characteristics & Methods
  • SPED 644 (2 cr) Assistive Technology
  • SPED 645 (3 cr) Language Development and Communication Disorders
  • SPED 660 (3-4 cr) Introduction to Intellectual Disabilities
  • SPED 661 (3-4 cr) Behavior Disorders: Theory and Methods
  • SPED 672 (2 cr) Special Education Law
  • SPED 675 (3-4 cr) Intellectual Disabilities: Curriculum and Methods
  • SPED 676 (3 cr) Collaborative Partnerships and Transition
  • SPED 681 (3 cr) K-8 Mild/Moderate Reading Remediation Strategies
  • SPED 682 (3 cr) 5-12 Mild/Moderate Reading Remediation Strategies
  • SPED 683 (3 cr) K-8 Mild/Moderate Math Materials and Methods
  • SPED 684 (3 cr) 5-12 Mild/Moderate Math Materials and Methods
  • SPED 878 (3 cr) Survey of Exceptionalities


Additional Program Details

About MAT: Special Education at Morningside

  • Gain a broad knowledge base through educational theory study, research, and practice.
  • Expand your opportunities for advancing your work in special education and effectively working with students who have unique needs.
  • Enjoy the flexible advantages of earning a degree 100% online, allowing you to work and maintain your personal and professional aspirations.
  • Take advantage of opportunities to gain practical experience that can be immediately applied in the classroom.

Contact Us

Morningside University
Sharon Walker School of Education

1501 Morningside Avenue
Sioux City, IA 51106


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