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Create an Inclusive Classroom for Exceptional Learners With Webster’s Master of Arts in Special Education

Webster University’s Master of Arts in Special Education helps you advance your career in just three years while maintaining your teaching schedule. You’ll advocate for children with disabilities and learn strategies that you can immediately implement in your classroom. Upon graduation, you’ll be prepared to lead in the classroom or community and make a real difference for exceptional learners.

Our program is designed for practicing educators, advocates and other professionals interested in deepening their knowledge of teaching and advocating for individuals with special learning needs. You’ll build on your experience with a focused curriculum that incorporates essential special education competencies, like advocacy, assessment and program development. In addition to our core Master’s in Special Education requirements, you’ll choose an emphasis area to align with your personal and professional goals.


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Customize Your Degree

Our Master of Arts in Special Education allows you to choose a personalized learning experience by specializing in unique areas of study:

  • Applied Behavior Analysis: Learn to improve academic and adaptive behaviors of persons with autism spectrum disorder, significant disabilities and other developmental disabilities. This emphasis will also prepare you to apply and sit for the board-certified Behavior Analyst® Examination (This emphasis offered through Webster University Online).
  • Mild/Moderate Disabilities: Develop proficiency in teaching students with mild/moderate disabilities and acquire foundational knowledge in preparation for an endorsement in mild/moderate disabilities: cross-categorical (This emphasis offered in person).
  • Specialized Approaches for Exceptional Learners: Build expertise in working with, advocating for or instructing students with special learning needs and gain a specialized understanding of specific student populations and instructional approaches (This emphasis offered through in person at the St. Louis main campus or through Webster University Online).

Choose Webster for a Master of Arts in Special Education

Expert Faculty Mentors

Our faculty are experienced global leaders in special education who actively conduct research and present at professional conferences. They share their experience in the classroom to enhance your learning experience, and provide access to their global professional network for additional learning and career opportunities.

Modern Curriculum

We ensure our Master’s in Special Education courses are designed to meet current field practice by aligning with the most recent Council for Exceptional Children’s standards. Additionally, we collect data from our alumni and students to ensure our Master's in Special Education requirements meet workforce demands for those working with exceptional learners.

Hands-On Learning Opportunities

As a graduate student in Special Education, you’ll complete class projects that are directly tied to your classroom practice. In addition, you’ll complete an applied field research project as part of our Master’s in Special Education requirements that focuses on specific student interventions or classroom initiatives to improve your teaching.

Graduate Scholarships

We’re proud to offer scholarships to our graduate education students, including Webster’s Grad to Grad Scholarship and the School of Education Master’s Alumni scholarship.

Jennie Danaher

“I was able to apply what I was learning in my courses when interacting with my students. Faculty was understanding that I was a full-time student, teacher and parent, and my advisor worked with me to help me be successful.”

Jennie Danaher
Jennie Danaher

MA in Special Education, '22

What Can You Do with a Master of Arts in Special Education?

Adding a Webster’s Special Education master’s to your existing experience can help you advance your career. You’ll gain expertise in curriculum, advocacy and collaboration that will equip you for a leadership role within your current school or district, or allow you to explore new educational opportunities. Some of our graduates have used their Webster education to advocate for people with disabilities in community organizations.

Career Outlook for Special Education Teachers

Jobs in special education are expected to grow by 8% over the next decade, adding almost 500,000 new jobs, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Additionally, there is a considerable shortage of teachers in the special education field, according to the American Association for Employment in Education 2020-2021 Supply and Demand Report. You can feel confident knowing that earning your graduate degree will be a worthwhile investment.

Salaries for Master’s in Special Education Graduates

Special education teachers can typically expect a salary boost after they earn a master’s degree. The U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics indicates special education teachers earn a median salary of over $60,000 a year. Salaries vary depending on your location and specific experience, but earning your master’s will help strengthen your skills as an educator and help you stand out in the job market.

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