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Special education MA

Build your career as a special education researcher and educator

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As an MA student in the special education program, you'll be trained to find solutions to problems that help individuals with disabilities learn and grow. Many of our special education MA students go on to earn their PhD in special education.

Rated #9 in the nation among special education graduate programs by U.S. News and World Report in 2019

Careers

Graduates with their MA in special education conduct research, teach in universities, and work in other educational settings in special education.

Coursework

Master's of Arts (MA) (32 credits)

Tuition

Visit the College of Education and Human Development's Finance and Funding page for information on tuition.

Funding

Scholarships, fellowships and awards

Special education scholarships, fellowships, and awards

College of Education and Human Development awards

Financial aid

Visit OneStop Student Services for more information on available financial aid.

Faculty and staff

For general questions, contact sped-adm@umn.edu.

M.Y. Savana Bak headshot

M.Y. Savana Bak mbak@umn.edu

  • Autism spectrum disorder
  • Language and social communications
  • Early intensive behavior intervention
  • Special education
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Debbie Golos Deaf/Hard of Hearing licensure and MEd coordinator
dgolos@umn.edu

  • Developing and evaluating the effects of educational media in ASL on young deaf and hearing children's language and literacy skills
  • Examining the portrayal of deafness in media and literature from a cultural perspective and it's effects on children's identity development
  • Exploring alternative routes to literacy development, that meet the needs of visual learners, particularly deaf children
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LeAnne JohnsonInterim program coordinator
chaf0032@umn.edu | Lab

  • Motivating and engaging adults in the adoption and implementation of interventions that improve the quality and quantity of learning opportunities available to young children with challenging behavior
  • Closing the research to practice gap and speeding the adoption of new innovations into practice by improving professional development systems
  • Enhancing data driven,precision oriented, problem solving through new tools for monitoring children’s development and response to intervention
  • Evaluating the effectiveness of interventions addressing the social and communication needs of young children with Autism and emotional/behavioral disorders
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Jennifer McComasHead emotional behavioral disorders licensure and MEd and special education MA with emphasis in ABA and programs
jmccomas@umn.edu | Lab

  • Functional analysis of problem behavior in educational and residential settings
  • Basic behavioral processes maintaining desirable and undesirable behavior, such as schedules of reinforcement, stimulus control, and establishing operations
  • Behavioral treatment of problem behavior based on concurrent schedules of reinforcement as well as antecedent stimuli
  • Analysis of academic performance of students with behavior problems
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Scott McConnellsmcconne@umn.edu | Lab

  • Skills and competencies that enable pre-school aged children to learn and participate in school and other settings
  • Design, evaluation, and application of:
  • Easy-to-use tools for describing children’s current language, literacy, and other important skills
  • Interventions that support development of these skills, particularly in “non specialized” settings
  • Design and improvement of programs – from classroom efforts to comprehensive community-wide efforts – that help children of all ages develop fully
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Kristen McMaster Associate department chair
mcmas004@umn.edu | Lab

Create conditions for successful response to intervention of academically diverse learners by:

  • Promoting teachers’ use of data-based decision-making and evidence-based instruction
  • Developing individualized interventions for students for whom generally effective instruction is not sufficient
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Frank SymonsCEHD Associate Dean for Research and Policy
symon007@umn.edu | Lab

  • Development, assessment, and treatment of severe problem behavior among children and adults with neurodevelopmental and emotional/behavioral disorders
  • Bio-behavior analysis of self-injurious behavior
  • Problem of pain among children and adults with significant cognitive impairments and associated developmental disabilities
  • Rett syndrome - refining measurement approaches to improve understanding of the behavioral phenotype
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Rose Vukovic rvukovic@umn.edu | Lab

  • Learning disorders
  • At-risk learners
  • Underserved populations
  • Early identification, intervention, and prevention
  • Social justice
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Jason WolffMcKnight Presidential Fellow, Autism Spectrum Disorder certificate coordinator
jjwolff@umn.edu | Lab

  • Early brain and behavioral development in children with autism spectrum disorder
  • Restricted and repetitive behaviors associated with autism and other developmental disabilities
  • Identifying neurodevelopmental moderators of response to early intervention
  • Integrating neuroscience with special education research