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Master's in Special Education MEd Concentration

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Register By: February 20 Classes Start: February 22

Enhance Your Online Curriculum and Instruction Master’s with a Special Education Focus

Explore how to best meet the needs of a diverse cross-section of students in the online Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction with a concentration in Special Education program. Designed to align with 21st century learning, this online special education master's degree program provides you with a deep understanding of the issues related to teaching and learning conditions for children with mild to moderate disabilities.

With a special education master's concentration, you'll learn traditional, innovative and research-based approaches that support the instructional and transitional needs of children in inclusive classrooms from preschool through high school. The history and legislation of special education at the federal and state levels as they relate to the Education and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) also are examined.

See Yourself Succeed with a Curriculum and Instruction Master’s

The online MEd in Curriculum and Instruction program prepares educators in all settings to be leaders in their field, with a global awareness across cultures and geographies. You'll explore the role of "educational leader" and what that means in both a traditional and non-traditional learning setting. By the end of your program, you'll emerge with a ready-to-implement curriculum, along with a professional portfolio that showcases your abilities as a leader in education.

The online MEd in Curriculum and Instruction program with a special education master's concentration includes nine core education courses and three courses specific to special education. Upon completion of the online curriculum and instruction master's program, you will be prepared to:

  • Design curriculum that addresses the complex learning situations of today's students through the application of relevant theory that will help inform flexible, adaptable instructional decisions
  • Support the needs of learners with different backgrounds, abilities and experiences with targeted, data-informed instructional decisions and with curriculum that incorporates the principles of Universal Design for Learning and other relevant standards
  • Design assessment as an integral part of the curriculum that both guides and measures learners and utilizes the data necessary for informed teaching and learning decisions
  • Integrate technology in curricular design to enhance teaching and learning that guides students through real-world problem solving by incorporating research-based instructional strategies
  • Model educational leadership in implementing positive change for students and colleagues and in creating, sustaining and supporting learning communities that empower you and others in the furtherance of ethical, reflective and culturally competent teaching and learning
  • Position yourself as an education professional who promotes learning in any education context and who respects and actively works toward the acceptance and inclusion of all learners

As a private, nonprofit university, SNHU has one mission - to help you see yourself succeed. The benefits of earning your Master in Curriculum and Instruction online degree at SNHU include:

  • Affordability. Take advantage of some of the most affordable tuition rates in the nation.
  • Convenience. Attend class when it's convenient for you - online education means 24/7 access.
  • Efficiency and flexibility. Complete your graduate degree in as few as 15 months, with two courses per 10-week term.
  • Expert instruction. Learn from instructors with relevant, real-world experience.
  • Minimal requirements. No GMAT or GRE required for admission.
  • Networking. Tap into our nationwide network of alumni for tips and career opportunities.
  • Student support. Count on the ongoing support of dedicated academic and career advisors specialized in your area of study.

Licensure Information

The online MEd in Curriculum and Instruction degree program does not lead to licensure.  SNHU also offers online post-licensure Master of Education (MEd) programs for currently licensed individuals who are interested in furthering their professional development and enhancing their credentials. 

However, since state requirements for adding endorsements vary greatly, SNHU does not guarantee that the completion of those programs will result in rank, endorsements, and/or salary increases and strongly encourages interested individuals to contact their state licensure board prior to enrolling.

SNHU provides additional information for education programs on our Licensure and Certification Disclosures page. View disclosure information.

Admission Requirements

Acceptance decisions are made on a rolling basis throughout the year for our 5 graduate terms. You can apply at any time and get a decision within days of submitting all required materials. To apply, simply contact an admission counselor, who can help you explore financial options. Your counselor can also walk you through the application process, which involves completing a graduate application and providing undergraduate transcripts.

Candidates must also submit an acknowledgement form and professional resume. Resumes should include any relevant K-12 instructional or curriculum development experience, for at least six months. Additional forms may be required depending on your background.

Career Outlook

The online MEd in Curriculum and Instruction is perfect for educators in all settings, including elementary and secondary public and private schools, charter schools and homeschools. Excelling and growing in your career as an educational administrator requires a mix of classroom experience, focus, passion, drive and, of course, education.

Demand for special education teachers will continue to grow as schools focus on the effectiveness of educators and curriculum evaluation and improvement. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects 8% growth through 2026.*

Please note: Instructional coordinators in public schools may be required to have a teaching license or an education administrator license.


The online curriculum and instruction master's degree in special education is designed for K-12 educators who are leading in the area of curriculum and instruction. The program includes 12 courses, three of which are focused on special education.

Tuition & Fees

Tuition rates for SNHU's online degree programs are among the lowest in the nation. We offer a 25% tuition discount for U.S. service members, both full and part time, and the spouses of those on active duty.

Online Graduate Programs Per Course Per Credit Hour Annual Cost for 15 credits 
Degree/Certificates $1,881 $627 $9,405 
(U.S. service members, both full and part time, and the spouses of those on active duty)
$1,410 $470 $7,050 

Tuition rates are subject to change and are reviewed annually.

Additional Costs:
$150 Graduation Fee, Course Materials ($ varies by course)

University Accreditation

Southern New Hampshire University is a private, nonprofit institution accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE) as well as several other accrediting bodies.

*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, on the Internet, at (viewed online December 13, 2017). Cited projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions and do not guarantee actual job growth.