Northwest Nazarene University

Master of Education: Special Education

About the Program

NNU's Master of Education degree in Special Education program is designed for classroom teachers who hold elementary, secondary, or special education certification and wish to gain further expertise and/or become certified to teach exceptional children. This is a fully online program that includes a hands-on practicum experience in teaching children with special needs.

Completion of this program will qualify you for recommendation to the State of Idaho for a teaching endorsement in special education, and the option for additional endorsement in Teacher Leader—Special Education (with additional requirements). Individuals should check for specific requirements for certification in other states.

Designed to fit the schedule of a working professional, NNU’s M.Ed. in Special Education allows you to complete a master’s degree while teaching full time. The online program utilizes set courses that enable you the convenience and flexibility to plan your schedule ahead of time. Degree completion takes approximately 18-22 months, including the nine-month practicum.

Your NNU professors are caring educational leaders themselves who will provide you with the knowledge and support you need to succeed.

Classes begin every eight weeks, and new students may join throughout the year.

  • 100% online
  • Set courses so you can plan schedules ahead of time
  • Attention to essential skills for remaining current in the field

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Mary Lou Lopez

With the cohort design of NNU's master of education program, a supportive learning atmosphere is created, you're not just a face in the crowd. I now consider my fellow students as close friends, and I thank them for all the support they gave me. We motivated and encouraged each other to achieve excellence.

Mary Lou Lopez