Students can get a master's degree in special education by applying to a graduate program and completing the school’s degree requirements. Some programs require participants to choose an area of emphasis.
Texas Tech University requires students to take core courses including philosophy of education, cultural foundations of education and educational psychology. Students can complete a 30-semester-hour program with a master's thesis or they can complete a longer non-thesis program with an evaluation. Students can speak with a program advisor for guidance to complete their degree requirements.
Washington State University requires students to complete 37 credits to earn a master’s degree. Required courses include special problems, methods in intensive educational supports and early childhood special education. Students also have to take social foundations of education and teaching students with disabilities.
Portland State University requires students to take courses on research in special education and issues and practices in special education.
Students who want to get a master’s degree in special education from Penn State College of Education need to accumulate a specified number of credits and write a master's paper.
Ball State University requires students to complete a minimum of 30 hours of graduate courses. Students can take various courses including introduction to physical disabilities, introduction to mild interventions and verbal behavior. The school offers both online and on-site classes.