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 teachers who want to add an additional specialization to their professional areas of teaching.

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Program Overview

Discover what our online M.Ed. in Special Education offers you

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as few as 18 months
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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.

This online special education master’s program core curriculum is 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 also will learn how to assess and evaluate educational status and progress as well as strategies for curriculum modification and behavior management.

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Find out how and when to pay your tuition

The following is the tuition breakdown for students pursuing Master of Education in Special Education. Our tuition is affordable, and can be paid by the course.

$11,682 Total program cost. Price includes distance learning fee.

Tuition and fees are subject to change without notice due to action by the Board of Regents or the Texas State Legislature.

Total program cost depends upon transfer hours and program advisement relevant to program requirements. For more information, 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.


Know when to apply, when classes start, when tuition is due

Our Master of Education in Special Education online program features multiple start dates to accommodate your busy schedule. Find the start date that works best for you and apply before the application deadline associated with it.

Upcoming Start Dates:

Apply by:2/8/22
Start Class:2/28/22

5 week courses Program Start Date Application Deadline Payment Due Last Class Day
Spring I 01/18/2022 12/18/2021 01/10/2022 02/20/2022
Spring II 02/28/2022 02/08/2022 02/21/2022 04/03/2022
Spring III 04/11/2022 03/22/2022 04/04/2022 05/15/2022
Summer I 05/31/2022 05/11/2022 05/25/2022 07/03/2022
Summer II 07/11/2022 06/21/2022 07/08/2022 08/14/2022
Fall 1 08/23/2022 07/26/2022 08/16/2022 09/26/2022
Fall 2 10/04/2022 09/07/2022 09/27/2022 11/07/2022
Fall 3 11/15/2022 10/18/2022 11/08/2022 12/19/2022

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Here are the steps to being admitted to our online special education master’s program

The Master of Education in Special Education online program has specific requirements that applicants must meet to enroll. Please read the admission guidelines to ensure you qualify.

Online Application

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

Official Transcripts

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.

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.

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. Instructions for the department application and reference will be e-mailed to you after your ApplyTexas application is processed. Instructions for submitting the other documents will be e-mailed separately if you are accepted to the program.

  • Department application with essay responses
  • 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.
  • Reference: Letter of reference from your principal

View information regarding licensure outside the state of Texas.

**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.

Send all required documents to:

Lamar University Online Admissions
PO Box 10017
Beaumont, TX 77710


Submit electronically to [email protected]

*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 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.


Take a look at the online M.Ed. in Special Education core curriculum

Courses for the M.Ed. in Special Education online are designed to meet the educational requirements of the Council on Exceptional Children. This program does not provide eligibility for initial certification in special education. 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.

View information regarding licensure outside the state of Texas.

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

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.
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.
Duration: 5 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course addresses the key concepts and ideas regarding educational psychology with a specific focus on students with exceptionalities. Topics to be addressed include the following: diversity and the specific characteristics of learners with exceptionalities, theories of human development and their application to teaching practice in general and in inclusive classrooms, theories of learning, and creating effective learning environments through the use of technology and differentiated instruction.
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.
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.
Duration: 5 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Foundations in the modification of educational components such as content knowledge, methods of instruction, and student learning outcomes are explored through the authentic application of innovative, research-based strategies effective with high incidence disabilities.
Duration: 5 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course provides tools to assess functions of student behavior in order to develop and implement appropriate behavior interventions. Emphasis will be placed on identifying and teaching appropriate replacement behaviors as well as analyzing multiple forms of data.
Duration: 5 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course provides foundations in the modification of educational components such as content knowledge, methods of instruction, and student learning outcomes are explored through the authentic application of innovative, research-based strategies effective with low incidence disabilities.
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.
Duration: 5 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course explores transition services and programs for students with exceptionalities. It emphasizes transition throughout the life span by addressing transition needs from early intervention to adulthood. Transition services stress moving from school to work and community.
Duration: 5 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course provides special educators the tools needed to maintain effective collaboration that stimulates students’ academic progress and promotes a positive environment. Educators will learn how to construct collaborative teams that generate solutions to better meet the needs of exceptional students. Participants will learn researched based strategies to work cooperatively with family members and paraprofessional, co-teach with other educators, serve as a consultant, and avoid or resolve conflict.
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.

*Price includes distance learning fee.

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