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Master of Education in Special Education online


This online degree program is designed to prepare you to serve children across the spectrum of special education. This specialization track is specifically for teacher who want to add an additional specialization to their professional area of teaching.

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Program Overview

Lamar University's M.Ed. in Special Education online prepares you to design curricula and learning environments that nurture the abilities of special education students while helping them manage a range of learning difficulties and behavioral issues.

icon $9,900* Total Program Cost
icon As few as 18 months Program Duration
icon 36 Credit Hours
icon $9,900* Total Program Cost
icon As few as 18 months Program Duration
icon 36 Credit Hours

Lamar University's College of Education and Human Development is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

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With a core curriculum based in research, assessment and content specific to the exceptional learner, you will understand how the needs and capabilities of these types of students differ from those developing normally and how best to guide them in their learning process. You will also learn how to assess and evaluate educational status and progress as well as strategies for curriculum modification and behavior management.

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Lamar University is committed to providing an outstanding education that is also affordable. Tuition is structured to give our students the best value and flexibility.

$9,900 Total program cost. Price includes distance learning fee.

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Total program cost depends upon transfer hours and program advisement relevant to program requirements. For more information, contact a Lamar University enrollment specialist contact a Lamar University enrollment specialist.

Financial Aid

Ready to get started on your degree program online but need help finding ways to fund your education? We can help you discover student financing sources that include grants, loans and other payment options. Learn more about financial aid here.


The M.Ed. in Special Education online program offers convenient multiple start dates each year to accommodate your professional and personal schedules.

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5-Week Courses Program Start Date Application Deadline Payment Due Last Class Day
Spring I 2020 1/21/2020 12/12/2019 1/16/2020 2/24/2020
Spring II 2020 3/2/2020 2/3/2020 2/27/2020 4/6/2020
Spring III 2020 4/13/2020 3/13/2020 4/9/2020 5/18/2020
Summer I 2020 6/1/2020 5/4/2020 5/28/2020 7/6/2020
Summer II 2020 7/13/2020 5/25/2020 7/9/2020 8/14/2020

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Lamar University's online programs have specific requirements that applicants must meet to enroll. Please review the admission guidelines carefully. For specific questions or more details, view our admission FAQs.


Online Application

Submit your application and one-time $25 application fee online.


Teaching Certificate

Submit documentation of your valid, state-issued teaching certificate. Applicants must have at least two years of teaching experience.


Minimum 2.5 Undergraduate GPA

Applicants with a GPA below 2.5 in the institutional bachelor's will not be admitted.

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University Admission Requirements

  • Online Application & Fee: Complete online application and pay a one-time application fee of $25.
  • Transcripts: Official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended*
  • Teaching Certificate: Students must have a valid state-issued teaching certificate upon enrolling in the program.
  • Teaching Experience: Applicants must have at least two years of teaching experience.
  • U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident

Waivers of any experience or certification requirements will be initiated by Lamar University Admissions staff as necessary in instances where they may not apply, such as applications from states that do not require certification for licensure.

Out of state students should check with their state department of education to determine if there are specific state requirements needed.

Department of Teacher Education Admission Requirements

In addition to University admission requirements, the Department of Teacher Education requires the following for admission to the department program. These requirements will be solicited from you at the time your Apply Texas application is uploaded to the Lamar University data system. You can determine right now if your place of employment is approved by TEA.

  • Teaching Certificate: Must be valid.** This does not include a probationary or permit issued certificate.
  • Teaching Experience: Must have two years of teaching experience
  • Employment: Employed on a TEA-approved public or private school campus.*** To determine if your school is TEA approved, please use the following links: public school or private school.
  • Personal essay
  • Reference: Letter of reference from your principal

Out-of-state applicants must determine whether the program will meet their state credentialing requirements by contacting their state’s Dept. of Education.

**Please note that out of state students may not be required to meet this criteria.

***Not applicable to out of state students unless taking the TExES Principal Exam.

Out of state students should check with their state department of education to determine if there are specific state requirements needed.

Send all required documents to:

Lamar University Online Admissions
PO Box 10017
Beaumont, TX 77710


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*All applicants must submit official, sealed transcripts from each institution attended to the Admissions Office. All degrees must be from a regionally accredited institution. Lamar University Office of Admissions will no longer require or college community college transcripts for graduate applicants. Official transcripts from all other institutions will be required. However, if a department or program wishes to review a community college transcript for decision purposes, the department or program may directly request the applicant to submit the official community college transcript(s) to the Office of Admissions for processing.

We reserve the right to review individual applicant qualifications for admission. Final determinations for admission are based upon a number of criteria. We reserve the right to refuse student entrance or terminate a student after admission to a program if, in the judgment of the faculty, the student demonstrates unacceptable professional fitness to practice in their particular field of study with children, youth, and/or adults.

For students considering an academic program that leads to professional licensure in a state outside of Texas, such as Clinical Mental Health Counseling, School Counseling, Educational Diagnostician, Principal Certificate or Superintendent Certificate, please contact applicable licensure board(s) in any state you may want to pursue licensure prior to beginning the academic program in order to determine whether the program meets licensure requirements. It is the student’s responsibility to confirm program eligibility for licensure in any state outside of Texas.


Courses for the M.Ed. in Special Education online are designed to meet the educational requirements of the Council on Exceptional Children. Participation in a specialization area may or may not lead to additional credentialing. It is the responsibility of the student to confirm the requirements for certification and/or endorsement in a specialization area.

Note: Lamar University Graduate Education Programs do not permit students to take coursework for transient credit.

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PEDG 5310: Research/Current Issues in Education

Duration: 5 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

This course introduces teachers to the design, methodologies, and techniques necessary to understand educational research and to use “scientifically-based research” in making informed decisions which can positively impact student achievement. An emphasis is placed on action research.

SPED 5334: Tests, Measurement & Evaluation

Duration: 5 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Analysis and evaluation; types of test and measurement devices will be conducted. Methods of determining the reliability and validity of tests are investigated. Designs for testing programs and selection of appropriate tests will be included. Evaluation systems of individuals and programs will be discussed.

PEDG 5340: Normal Human Growth and Development

Duration: 5 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

A study of development and nature of the human personality. Emphasis on psychological and biological experiments.

PEDG 5344: School Law

Duration: 5 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

This course provides teachers a foundation to understand the legal, ethical, and policy dimensions of education. Special emphasis is given to the interpretation of case law, Texas Education Code, and federal and state statutes.

PEDG 5350: The Learning Process

Duration: 5 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

History and systems of learning which have application to the classroom. Current theories and research in pedagogy.

SPED 5361: Survey of Exceptional Learners

Duration: 5 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

General survey of the learning potentials of those children deficient in basic integrities which can be categorized into central peripheral nervous system dysfunction and/or behavioral disorder. Prerequisites: Admission to the Graduate School or Post-Baccalaureate educator preparation program.

READ 5375: Content Area Reading

Duration: 5 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

This course is designed to provide concepts and procedures incorporating reading instructional techniques effectively in the content areas. Emphasis on current teaching practices within the content area classroom.

SPED 5388: Reading/Language Arts for Exceptional Learner

Duration: 5 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Identification of skill deficiencies, modification of curriculum, designing and implementation of instructional strategies for pupils evidencing disabilities in reading and language arts.

SPED 5362: Psychoeducational Evaluation of Exceptional Learners

Duration: 5 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Simulated experiences in the use of formal and informal methods of appraising and communicating pupils' educational status and progress.

SPED 5364: Behavior Modification and Contingency Management of Disabled Learners

Duration: 5 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Behavior Modification and Contingency Management of disabled learners; the description of the specific types of learning, the sequence in the learning of school-related tasks and the competencies to manipulate events to effect desired learning. Prerequisites: Admission to the Graduate School or Post-Baccalaureate educator preparation program.

SPED 5365: Instructional Process with Exceptional Children

Duration: 5 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Competency in developing educational strategies for the remediation, amelioration, or compensation of exceptionality as it interferes with achievement or adjustment in school. Prerequisites: Admission to the Graduate School or Post-Baccalaureate educator preparation program.

SPED 5366: Modification of Curriculum & Instructions for Atypical Learner

Duration: 5 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

This course provides a foundation for the modification of a wide range of educational components such as content knowledge, methods of instruction, and students' learning outcomes through the alteration of materials and programs for a diverse group of learners. Adaptive technologies, differentiated materials and innovative, research-based instructional strategies are explored and applied through practical applications in the K-12 learning environment.

*Price includes distance learning fee.

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