M.Ed., Special Education

Follow your calling into education

SPED teachers adapt general education lessons and teach various subjects to students with mild to moderate disabilities. They have the opportunity to meet students where they are academically and socially and help them grow in those areas.

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Why get your master's degree in special education at JBU?

JBU's M.Ed. in special education will equip you to teach students with disabilities and integrate them fully into the classroom. You'll receive one-on-one support and feedback from professors who have years of experience in the field and will graduate feeling equipped to honor God and serve students. In this program, you have the option and flexibility to work full-time while earning your degree through evening courses, synchronous and online courses.

Gain expertise

Through interacting with faculty and practitioners who have extensive academic training and years of special education experience, you'll learn how to effectively serve your students.

Find your calling

Special education is a personal and professional calling. You'll learn how to effectively tap into this calling and make a difference in your school. 

Enjoy a flexible format

All classes in the special education program are offered online, while still allowing for students to interact with their professors and classmates on a personal level. 

What to expect as a student in JBU's special education graduate program

Program Length

The M.Ed. in Special Education is a 35-hour program and can be completed in approximately two years. 

A focus on inclusion

Trying to learn how to serve all of your students best? Professors in the special education program teach with a focus on inclusion. 

Interactive Classes

Our special education classes feature a wide variety of discussions about theory rooted in research. You are assigned coursework that is designed to assist you with implementing these strategies in your classroom.

Featured Faculty

Brian Herndon | associate professor of teacher education

Dr. Brian Herndon has been in education for over 20 years. He has served as a classroom teacher in kindergarten, first grade, third grade, and fourth grade. He has also served as an elementary principal, elementary assistant principal, and the director of an early childhood special education preschool, where he served as a Local Education Authority (LEA) for hundreds of special education IEP meetings.

Next steps

Choosing a graduate program is a big deal, and our staff and faculty are committed to making this process easy for you.

Admission

Our admissions team is here to navigate the application process, so you have all the information to be confident in your decision.

Financial aid

You deserve a transparent, helpful financial aid experience. We'll work with you to ensure you're taking advantage of all of your financial aid opportunities.

Start classes

Most JBU graduate classes happen in 8-week blocks (counseling and education have some 16-week classes). Online and face-to-face class options provide flexibility for your busy schedule. Talk to an admissions counselor for more details on classes in your program.

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