M.Ed. Special Education

 Earning an M.Ed. in Special Education from Concordia, Nebraska equips you with the knowledge, training, and experience you need to successfully develop and lead compassionate and inclusive K–12 classrooms. You’ll explore behavior management, inclusive instructional methods, and assessment techniques for students with disabilities, while also investigating issues in special education and the psychological fundamentals of teaching and learning. 

When you choose Concordia for your M.Ed. in Special Education, you will: 

  • Become equipped to skillfully educate students with diverse classroom needs using inclusive, forward-thinking methods. 
  • Learn from expert veteran educators who have first-hand experience with the challenges and rewards of the classroom. 
  • Earn your master’s from a university that intentionally intersects Christian faith, life experience and academics to help you grow as a whole person. 
  • Receive guidance with finding the perfect practicum opportunity to complete your 20 hours of observation as part of their coursework.


Special Education Courses

30-51 credit hours
$340* PER credit hour for Nebraska Residents & Lutheran Educators
$425 PER credit hour Outside of Nebraska
Class Type 100% Online, 8-week courses
24-34 Months Time to Degree

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Program Highlights

WHY STUDY Special education AT CONCORDIA?

With an online master’s degree in special education from Concordia University, you’ll find a distinctive blend of faith-based instruction and real-world, hands-on experience, including: 

  • A holistic special education master’s program. Gain a broad introduction to special education policy, practice and teaching strategies that you can start applying in your classroom right away.   
  • Our online program does not require a practicum. You will need to complete five hours of field experience in four different courses.  These experiences all involve observing a student or two with special needs and three of the four observations need to be done in a school setting.  If you currently work with special education students, you can observe students that you teach.  
  • Special education endorsement options. If you want to work exclusively with students with disabilities, you can complete additional coursework to earn a special education endorsement after finishing your master’s degree in special education. Choose from education teaching endorsements for K–6, 7–12 and K–12 students, or one of our many additional teaching endorsements. 
  • TEACH Grant eligibility. Students who meet requirements for the TEACH Grant may be able to apply grant funds to the Master of Education in special education program. 


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Concordia’s online degree in Early Childhood Education conforms to the standards prescribed by the National Association for the Education of Young Children and is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). 

Concordia is also accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, a regional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.   


Degree Goals

Earning an M.Ed. in Special Education provides you with a comprehensive foundation in special education practices and strategies. In your course work, you can expect to learn both concepts and skills for working with students who have learning, intellectual or developmental disabilities. 

A Special Education graduate from Concordia University, Nebraska will be able to:  

  • Understand how disabilities can interact with development and learning and use this knowledge to provide meaningful and challenging learning experiences for individuals with disabilities. 
  • Use multiple methods of assessment and data analysis to select and adapt general and specialized curricula to personalize learning for individuals with disabilities. 
  • Create safe, inclusive and culturally responsive learning environments for students with disabilities. 
  • Collaborate with families, educators, service providers, students and community agencies to address the needs of individuals with disabilities across a range of learning experiences. 

Career Outcomes

With a degree in special education from Concordia University, you’ll use your knowledge of  behavior intervention, differentiation, and classroom management strategies to create inclusive and compassionate learning environments for underserved students. 
With an additional special education endorsement, you can further expand your career opportunities to include a wide variety of positions in the school system, or move into the private sector with community based opportunities working with students with special needs. 

Special Education Professional

As a special education professional, teacher or leader, you’ll be responsible for working with students who have special learning needs. You’ll adapt classroom environments and curricula to facilitate learning despite students’ mental, emotional and physical barriers to their education.  

Inclusion Specialist

An inclusion specialist is responsible for developing curricula that includes students with diverse needs in a traditional classroom, allowing students with various abilities to learn together.  


Related Programs

Interested in advancing your teaching skills, but not sure which M.Ed. is right for you? Explore our other master’s in special education programs or learn more about other M.Ed. degree paths at Concordia Nebraska:


Early Childhood Special Education

Our early childhood special education master's program equips you with the knowledge and skills needed to design, implement and assess learning experiences in an early childhood special education (birth through kindergarten) classroom. As a teacher or other professional who understands disabilities, you have the opportunity to work closely with students with diverse developmental needs and help them establish a firm educational foundation filled with unique potential.

Learn more about Early Childhood Special Education


M.Ed. Early Childhood Education Birth–3rd Inclusive

Our ECE degree online program prepares you to teach children from birth through third grade, and allows you to obtain your initial teaching license.

Learn more about Early Childhood Education Birth–3rd Inclusive


M.Ed. Literacy

Prepare to give students a lifelong love of reading and writing the English language through the online master's in reading and literacy program from Concordia.

Learn more about M.Ed. Literacy


Teaching Endorsements

Concordia University, Nebraska offers many teaching endorsements online with our graduate education programs that meet Nebraska state requirements.

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*Discounted rate does not apply to course-only options.