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MA in Special Education

Take your teaching degree to the next level.

As a teacher, you make a difference every day. Educators empower students to overcome challenges, embrace their strengths and reach their full potential. Our online Master of Arts in Special Education provides an opportunity to increase that impact — building a future where every student can thrive.

  • The Alma College M.A. in Special Education is for licensed educators and teachers who wish to add a learning disabilities endorsement to their teaching certificate.
  • Our program is approved by the Michigan Department of Education and the Higher Learning Commission.
  • A flexible program for working educators that allows you to pursue your professional goals and continue to contribute to the classroom..
  • Experience wrap-around support which includes guidance from an Alma College faculty mentor.

At A Glance

  • 100%
    Online
  • 30
    Credit Program

Take your teaching degree to the next level.

As a teacher, you make a difference every day. Educators empower students to overcome challenges, embrace their strengths and reach their full potential. Our online Master of Arts in Special Education provides an opportunity to increase that impact — building a future where every student can thrive.

  • The Alma College M.A. in Special Education is for licensed educators and teachers who wish to add a learning disabilities endorsement to their teaching certificate.
  • Our program is approved by the Michigan Department of Education and the Higher Learning Commission.
  • A flexible program for working educators that allows you to pursue your professional goals and continue to contribute to the classroom..
  • Experience wrap-around support which includes guidance from an Alma College faculty mentor.

Apply today

Not sure where to begin? We’re here to help you every step of the way.

Our team is glad to answer your questions and walk you through the application and financial aid process. If you’re not sure if the program is right for you, contact the program director or check out the FAQ’s to help you better understand your motivations and goals.

Step 1. Apply for Talent Together funding

Step 1. Apply for Talent Together funding

Any Michigan teachers may fill out a Talent Together application to apply for funding. Talent Together will provide a list of eligible applicants to Alma College. The Alma College master’s in special education degree program is being offered in partnership with Talent Together, a consortium of 50 intermediate school districts (ISDs) and regional educational service areas (RESAs) in the state of Michigan. Talent Together will assist you by connecting you with teachers who are already in the field for coaching and mentorship opportunities. It will also provide you with ongoing support for your first three years in the classroom.

Applications available in January 2024.

Application deadline for 2024-25 academic year is March 3, 2024.

Step 2. Submit and Alma College Application

Step 2. Submit and Alma College Application

  • Send undergraduate transcripts which show a 3.0 GPA in an education-related major to admissions@alma.edu.
  • Students under a 3.0 GPA will be considered on an individual basis by the faculty review committee based on academic and professional experience.
  • Provide a proof of your teacher certification.

There is no application fee.

Meet the faculty

Meet the faculty

At Alma, you’ll benefit from close faculty mentorship. Find out more about your professors.

About the program

About the program

  • Attend virtual classes on weekends, where you’ll connect with your instructors and cohort
  • Assignments can be completed during evenings and weekends

 

Upon graduating you’ll learn how to:
  • Harness evidence-based practices
  • Provide instruction to students with unique learning needs
  • Equips certified teachers to serve students across the special education spectrum
  • Supervise support staff in your classrooms
Program Expectations
  • All master’s courses must be completed with a grade of C or higher.
  • If the candidate has taken special education courses at the graduate level, an evaluation of credits will occur, and a possible course substitution will be allowed.

Tuition and Fees

Tuition and Fees

This program is completely free to Michigan teachers seeking an add-on endorsement in learning disabilities who are selected by Talent Together as candidates.

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Student & Alumni Spotlights

No one describes the Alma experience better than those living it. Explore their stories, in their own words, below.

Because the classes are virtual, it allows me to work full time and pursue this degree while working as a teacher. The professors are really helpful and flexible as they know we are all teaching full time!

Tracy Haroff

Because the classes are virtual, it allows me to work full time and pursue this degree while working as a teacher. The professors are really helpful and flexible as they know we are all teaching full time!

Tracy Haroff

Have any questions?

Contact us today for more information on this program and more.

Master of Arts in Special Education Director

Peggy Yates
(989) 463-7166
yatespa@alma.edu

Admissions

Admissions Office
800-321-ALMA
admissions@alma.edu