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Master of Education in Special Education

Take an active role in planning, implementing and evaluating teaching practices that inspire achievement in learners with special needs, particularly those on the autism spectrum.

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Develop unique skills and meet the high demand for special-needs teachers

Brenau’s M.Ed. in Special Education program is for teachers currently practicing in elementary, middle or high school grades. As you progress through a curriculum that emphasizes autism spectrum disorder, you will grow in your ability to establish a caring classroom environment, devise specific learning strategies and reinforce positive behavior in students.

In addition to 100% online coursework, you will also complete several field experiences so you can apply your newfound skills with special-needs learners directly in the classroom.

Brenau’s special education master’s degree helps you:

  • Plan, implement and evaluate teaching practices intended for special-needs learners
  • Become more confident and compassionate as you help students persist toward their educational goals
  • Reflect on your and your students’ growth as you set short- and long-term goals
  • Increase your potential employment options and career advancement

Choose Brenau for your special education master’s degree

Our number-one priority is providing easy access to quality education so you can improve your life and achieve your career goals. Take advantage of resources like our professional tutoring program, academic coaching and our writing center – all of which serve online students.

Your degree on your schedule

Complete your coursework 100% online, plus participate in field experiences

Locally and nationally recognized

Brenau’s online graduate education programs ranked #1 among private colleges and universities in Georgia by U.S. News & World Report.

Finish faster—graduate in one year

Classes last for seven weeks, putting you closer to graduation


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Get you where you want to be in your career with an M.Ed. in Special Education

Potential Careers

  • Clinical case supervisor
  • Educational diagnostician
  • Rehabilitation counselor
  • Special education teacher in elementary, middle, or high school

Median National Salary

Special Education Teachers
$58,980
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Projected Job Growth

Special Education Teachers
8%
Projected growth, 2016–2026


The master’s in special education curriculum at Brenau is vetted by local educators to ensure you’re getting a relevant and quality education

Brenau University is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP, formerly NCATE). Core classes for the M.Ed. in Special Education include:

  • Advanced Curriculum Development and Analysis of Teaching
  • Advanced Educational Psychology
  • Analysis and Correction of Math Difficulties
  • Analysis and Correction of Reading Difficulties
  • Assessment and Strategies for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Curriculum and Pedagogy in Multicultural Education
  • Methods of Educational Research
  • Nature and Needs of Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Seminar in Special Education: Supervision and Trends

Matt White shares his experience earning a degree in education at Brenau

For some, college is about finding an entirely new career path rather than advancing in one’s current field. After a decade in the banking business, Matt made what he calls “one of the best decisions I’ve ever made” by choosing to pursue a graduate degree in education from Brenau. The quality of the curriculum and instructors attracted him to Brenau, while the flexibility of online courses aided his transition toward graduation, certification and his current role as a special education coordinator.