The Master of Arts in Teaching: Special Education 

The role special educators like you have in our school systems is so important.  We designed our program for elementary and secondary special education teachers because we want to enable as many special education teachers to further their education to make a greater impact.  That's also why we offer an economical and convenient program that will challenge you and build on your existing experience.  Named #1 Most Affordable Online Masters in Special Education Degree Programs in the U.S. by Top Education Degrees.

Best of all, our program is 100% online. 

Total graduate credit hours required for degree:  36

Required Professional Foundation Courses

18 graduate credits

Required courses:

  • EDUC 502 Learning in Educational Settings - 3 crs.
  • EDUC 512 Issues in Education - 3 crs.
  • EDUC 522 Instructional Technology - 3 crs.
  • EDUC 611 Student Diversity and Educational Practice - 3 crs.
  • EDUC 697 Educational Research - 3 crs.
  • EDUC 698 Data Collection and Analysis - 2 cr.
  • EDUC 699 Interpreting and Reporting Educational Research - 1 crs.

See full course descriptions.


Required Courses for the Professional Teaching Core: Special Education Degree Track

18 graduate credits

Special Education courses offered 100% online through Morningside College
Online courses developed by Morningside Educational Partners that have been approved for graduate credit; up to eight hours can be applied toward the degree.

FOR IOWA EDUCATORS ONLY - Choose an endorsement option that meets your professional goals.  Learn more about the approved Iowa endorsement requirements chekcing out our Online Iowa Endorsement Programs here.

Transfer Credit

Students may transfer up to 9 graduate credits (B- grade or above) into a master's degree program, subject to approval.  Please see our Transfer Credit Policy (PDF) for information on the transfer credit request process.

Previous Morningside Graduate Credit

Morningside graduate credits completed prior to the graduate student's formal admission to graduate study at Morningside College will be considered for inclusion in the master's degree program if the credits were completed no more than two years prior to the graduate student's formal admission to the to the Graduate Program in Education.

Iowa Endorsements

Persons seeking an Iowa endorsement may, in most cases, satisfy the requirements with a combination of undergraduate and graduate hours. A transcript analysis done by the Recommending Official will indicate which courses the student needs to complete Morningside’s Iowa approved endorsement program.

Please note that Morningside College cannot confirm whether the endorsements meet requirements for licensure in states outside of Iowa. Students should check with the licensing board in their state.


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