Master of Arts in Special Education


There is a high demand for special education teachers. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment is projected to grow 8 percent from 2016 to 2026. The College of Education and Human Services delivers this program online, with live synchronous class meetings. Students are required to complete field/clinical experience(s) in their home community.

The Multicategorical program offers these online options:

  • Master of Arts Degree
  • Master of Arts Degree with certification (initial certification or additional endorsement)

Admissions Requirements

Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution with a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. A passing score on the Praxis Core exam OR a teaching certificate with 2 years of experience OR a Master’s degree in education or a closely related area from a regionally accredited institution with minimum GPA of 3.25.


West Virginia University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. This program meets the professional standards of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC). West Virginia University’s Professional Education Preparation Unit is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).



Courses Required


Total Credit Hours

Course Formats

  • Live Online Sessions
  • Online Courses

Estimated Tuition and Fees

The Master of Arts in Special Education requires 36 credit hours to complete. Cost per credit hour is $628.

Residents and Non-Residents
Estimated Tuition Based on Credit Hours
Credit Hours Cost
1 $628
3 $1,884
6 $3,768
9 $5,652

Financial Aid

Financial aid is available. Students are encouraged to file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form to determine their eligibility for federal and state funds as well as scholarships. WVU’s FAFSA Code is 003827.

Next Start Date: January 13, 2020    Apply Now


What can you do with a Master of Arts in Special Education?

Students who graduate from WVU Online with the Special Education M.A. and/or Certification degree may be prepared for the following careers. These are only a few examples of some of the many opportunities that will be open to you with this degree. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for some positions.

Information about careers on this list comes from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).

Kindergarten Teacher

Projected Growth: 5-9%

Elementary School Teacher

Projected Growth: 5-9%

Secondary School Teacher

Projected Growth: 5-9%

Postsecondary School Teacher

Projected Growth: 10-14% *Bright Outlook

Special Education Teacher

Projected Growth: 5-9%

Special Education Teacher – Preschool

Projected Growth: 10-14% *Bright Outlook

Health Educator

Projected Growth: 15% or higher *Bright Outlook

Education Administrator

Projected Growth: 5-9%

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