SPECIAL EDUCATION – ONLINE MASTER DEGREE PROGRAM

SPECIAL EDUCATION – ONLINE MASTER DEGREE PROGRAM

Accredited by the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development, and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)/Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP)

Earn your master’s in special education online at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Our special education degree is the first (and only) program in the United States to earn Exemplary Status by Quality Matters, a recognized leader in quality assurance for online education. All courses for the special education online master’s degree include quality online activities and evaluations that are research-supported and practice-based, and have been peer-reviewed through a rigorous certification process. Graduates of this program enjoy an almost 100% job placement rate.

Who Is the Online Master’s Degree in Special Education Designed For?

This program is designed for K-12 special education teachers and other professionals who want to or currently work with students with disabilities but who are not seeking teacher certification in special education. If you’re not already a certified teacher and plan to teach in Alaska, we also offer several certification and endorsement options that you can earn on their own or in combination with a master’s degree.

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Why Earn Your Master’s in Special Education Online at UAF?

  • Earn your master’s degree in special education online in an Exemplary Program (as certified by Quality Matters) with an almost 100% job placement rate for graduates.
  • Get specialized training for teaching in Alaska in a program that integrates knowledge and experiences unique to the Alaska context. You’ll also be well prepared to teach special education elsewhere in the United States and internationally.
  • Learn from experienced educators and receive practical training through various fieldwork experiences in local-to-you K-12 special education classrooms.
  • Engage with peers via synchronous (same time) class meetings, using Blackboard Collaborate.

Cost breakdown for the online master’s in special education

The estimated cost of the online master’s in special education degree program based on current rates is $21,365.

See what your dollars go toward on the UAF eCampus Tuition and Fees page.

Learning online at UAF

When you earn your master’s in special education at UAF, you’ll enjoy a collaborative remote learning experience that offers many of the benefits of a traditional on-campus degree program. In addition to comprising some of the top professionals in the special education field, our faculty are caring and dedicated teachers who are invested in your success and here to answer your questions.

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Earned Badges

This certification is valid through 2024.
This certification is valid through 2023.
This certification is valid through 2024.
This certification is valid through 2023.
This certification is valid through 2024.

Special Education Teacher Certification and Endorsement Options

Whether you’re a certified teacher or new to the field, we have flexible education options to meet your needs. Each of the following teacher certification and endorsement programs are offered fully online. While you can complete coursework from any location, clinical practices must be completed in the state of Alaska.

Master’s With Initial Teacher Certification

Designed for students with a bachelor’s degree or higher who have an interest in becoming certified special education teachers, this program leads to teaching certification and a master’s degree in special education. View course requirements for a master’s with initial teacher certification.

Estimated cost of program based on current rates: $23,435

Initial Special Education Teacher Certification

This online certification program is specifically designed for students with a bachelor’s degree or higher who have an interest in becoming a certified special education teacher. View course requirements for initial special education teacher certification.

Estimated cost of program based on current rates: $16,355

Master’s With Additional Endorsement

Earn your master’s degree in special education with an additional teaching endorsement. This online special education program is specifically designed for Alaskan teachers and other professionals who don’t have access to the Fairbanks campus.

Estimated cost of program based on current rates: $21,515

Teaching Endorsement in Special Education

Earn a teaching endorsement in special education. This program is designed for K-12 teachers in Alaska with an existing teaching certificate who want to or currently work with students with disabilities.

Estimated cost of program based on current rates: $14,435

Inside UAF’s special education and teaching program


Inside UAF’s special education and teaching program


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As a full-time working mom, it was important for me to be able to participate in the program via the online opportunities that UAF provides. This program provided me the flexibility, expertise, convenience and knowledge needed to become a special educator.

– Ashley Walley, Special Education Pre-K Teacher at Anderson Elementary on Eielson Air Force Base


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Master’s in Special Education Jobs

Whether you’re currently a teacher or just starting out, our online master’s in special education will provide you with the training and knowledge to help children with special needs to realize their full potential. Jobs for our graduates are practically guaranteed, and earning your master’s degree will open the door to a range of new career possibilities.

What can you do with a master’s in special education?

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Fairbanks, Alaska, is among the top metropolitan areas in the nation for highest concentration of jobs for special education teachers at the kindergarten and elementary school level. Alaska is also one of the states with the highest concentration of jobs for secondary school special education teachers. For graduates of the special education online master’s degree, there will be many professional opportunities available both in Alaska and the lower 48. Many are working in the field well before graduation!

Explore more careers in special education and salary information with the University of Alaska Career Coach.

Master’s in special education salary

Here’s the current breakdown nationally for the average salary for special education teachers, based on recent data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics:

  • Special education teachers, secondary school: $61,710
  • Special education teachers, middle school: $61,440
  • Special education teachers, kindergarten and elementary school: $60,460
  • Special education teachers, preschool: $60,000

The average salaries of special education teachers in Alaska are as follows:

  • Special education teachers, secondary school: $74,630
  • Special education teachers, middle school: $77,740
  • Special education teachers, kindergarten and elementary school: $73,380
  • Special education teachers, preschool: $68,430

Explore Classes for the Online Degree in Special Education

Graduates of the special education online master’s degree at UAF will master the Council for Exceptional Children standards for special education teachers: learner development and individual learning differences, learning environments, curricular content knowledge, assessment, instructional planning and strategies, professional learning, and ethical practice and collaboration.

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