About This Degree
The special education master's degrees provide an advanced level of preparation for professionals who work with children, youth, and adults with disabilities.
USU's graduate program in special education is in the top 20 of nationally ranked special education programs, according to U.S. News & World Report. The program is designed to develop and improve teaching skills in the classroom as well as to develop the skills of those who work with individuals with disabilities in community-based settings. Participants include school personnel and others involved in education-related activities across a variety of community, work, and clinical settings.
With the MEd, students can also receive an Administrative/Supervisory Concentration, and with the MS, students can opt to complete coursework that leads to national certification as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst.
- MEd with Administrative/Supervisory Concentration:This is designed for individuals pursuing administrative or supervisory positions in the public school system. The program combines the special education focuses on refining school practices in instruction and management, legal requirements, and cultural and linguistic diversity with the knowledge and competencies of the Administrative/Supervisory Concentration program.
- MS with National Board Certified Behavior Analysis: This is a three-year MS sequence that prepares individuals as behavior specialists. Participants complete the coursework necessary to sit for the National Board Certified Behavior Analysis (BCBA) exam (individuals already possessing a master's degree can apply to take only BCBA-preparation courses). Students gain valuable clinical and research experience that strengthens their professional skills and prepares them for further graduate study.
The EdS is designed for advanced graduate students seeking instruction beyond a master’s degree. Programs are individually planned to address specific student needs.
MS: Beaver, Blanding, Brigham City, Castle Dale, Delta, Ephraim, Heber City, Kanab, Kaysville, Logan (Main Campus), Moab, Montezuma Creek, Monticello, Monument Valley, Nephi, Orem, Panguitch, Park City, Price (USU Eastern), Roosevelt (Uintah Basin), Salt Lake, St George, Tooele, Tremonton, Vernal (Uintah Basin), Wendover
MEd: Beaver, Blanding, Brigham City, Castle Dale, Delta, Ephraim, Heber City, Kanab, Kaysville, Logan (Main Campus), Moab, Montezuma Creek, Monticello, Monument Valley, Nephi, Orem, Panguitch, Park City, Price (USU Eastern), Roosevelt (Uintah Basin), Salt Lake, St George, Tooele, Tremonton, Vernal (Uintah Basin), Wendover
EdS: Logan (Main Campus)
Career And Outcomes
In the special education programs, teachers are trained to teach special education or general education students. They can choose to become:
- Classroom teachers
Students in the MS program are also given the groundwork to pursue a doctoral degree, which gives them the opportunity to become professors or administrators in either higher education or at a state level.
With the Administrative/Supervisory License, students can serve in educational administrative positions as principals or superintendents.
With the National Board Certified Behavior Analysis qualification, students can become a certified behavior analyst and work in schools, clinics, or private practices.
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Gain experience conducting and reporting research, writing grants, and teaching as you earn a degree from a program ranked in the top 20 nationally.
Earn a post-graduate advanced certificate as you prepare for a national certification exam that USU students pass at a 99% rate on the first attempt.
Graduate from the highest-ranked program at USU with job possibilities in mental health, addiction, and disability care facilities. Students with any undergraduate major can apply.
Receive specialized training focused on transition which is the progression of youth and students with disabilities from secondary education to post-secondary employment, education, and living.