Education: Special Education, M.A.


Master of Arts in Special Education


About the Degree

The graduate program in special education is designed for those individuals who currently hold an undergraduate degree and Intervention Specialist licensure. Students must hold a valid teaching license to pursue this program. Most are practicing teachers. Completion of the master’s program does not lead to licensure in special education.

(Option I) is for individuals seeking only a Masters in Special Education.

(Option II) contains coursework focusing on the provision services to students with Pervasive Developmental Disabilities/Autism.

(Option III) provides specific coursework designed to focus on providing intensive behavioral support in the school setting.

This program is designed specifically for individuals explore areas of interest with in their professional field and improve educational implementation and behavioral interventions for students with special needs. This is accomplished through coursework focusing on the use of research to inform educational practice, collaboration and consultation skills, inclusionary strategies, and ethical issues in the field of special education.


Salary and Career Outlook

The career outlook for intervention specialists is projected to increase by six percent for Kindergarten and elementary educators. This includes 4,520 annual job openings nationally and 200 per year in the state of Ohio. The career outlook for intervention specialists is projected to increase by six percent for Middle School educators. This includes 2,110 annual job openings nationally and 110 per year in the state of Ohio. The career outlook for intervention specialists is projected to increase by five percent for High School educators. This includes 2,850 annual job openings nationally and 150 per year in the state of Ohio.

The career outlook for intervention specialists is projected to include salaries between $54,600 and $57,800 nationally. The average salaries are similar across grade-levels. These salaries are slightly higher in the state of Ohio.


Why Akron?

The program offers coursework to provide students the tools to work with a variety of disabilities or to choose a concentrated area such as Autism. Students are provided instruction to implement professional practices across a wide range of educational grade levels and settings. The real experience in the field work in the local community classrooms (or within their own district), is an essential part of the program that allows students to put into practice new ideas and techniques gained in class. All three program tracks conclude with an extensive graduate project based on their area of focus.

This degree allows licensed professionals in the field of special education to further add to their knowledge base and advance in their field. These courses are offered on weekends, evenings and some on-line, in order to accommodate working professionals. Students also have access to the latest educational technology, learning labs, and continue to improve educational service delivery to students in urban environments.


Contact Information

Program Coordinator:            Dr. Al Daviso

                                               Crouse Hall, Room 213

                                               ad39@uakron.edu

                                               (330) 972-5634

Graduate School:                   Heather Blake

                                               Polsky Building, Room 467

                                               hblake@uakron.edu          

                                               (330) 972-7664