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Connect your passion to a career. Earn Your MAE Special Education Focus.

Master of Arts in Education
Special Education Focus (with License)

If your passion and enthusiasm are leading you to special education, Marian University will help you connect your passion to a career that helps shape the education of children who need dedicated teachers like you.

As a student in Marian’s MAE Special Education Focus degree program you will prepare to meet the diverse learning needs of students as a Wisconsin licensed special education teacher.

MPath, our engaging online education platform, combined with active learning facilitated by expert faculty, allows you to continue in your current position while you progress through a highly respected, accredited program. Current teachers and career changers will have the opportunity to confidently learn to meet the challenges of facilitating learning in a special education environment and move into an inspiring career supporting special education students.

The Special Education graduate level, initial licensure program is designed for teaching students with special needs in middle childhood-early adolescence (grades 1-8) and early adolescence-adolescence (grades 5-12). Completion of the program leads to a Master of Arts in Education degree in special education/cross-categorical with a concentration in specific learning disabilities.

Why Choose Marian for Special Education?

  • Learn to teach special education students in grades 1-12

  • Keep your current job while going to school online through MPath

  • Advance your teaching career or transition from another

  • Choose your start date, classes start monthly

  • Master new skills at your own pace

  • Collaborate with peers and apply learning through field experiences

Master of Arts in Education
Special Education Focus (with License)

If your passion and enthusiasm is leading you to special education, Marian will help you connect your passion to a career that helps shape the education of children who need dedicated teachers like you.

As a student in Marian’s MAE Special Education focus degree program you will prepare to meet the diverse learning needs of students as a Wisconsin licensed special education teacher.

MPath, our engaging online education platform, combined with active learning facilitated by expert faculty, allows you to continue in your current position while you progress through a highly respected, accredited program. Current teachers and career changers will have the opportunity to confidently learn to meet the challenges of facilitating learning in a special education environment and move into an inspiring career supporting special education students.

The Special Education graduate level, initial licensure program is designed for teaching students with special needs in middle childhood-early adolescence (grades 1-8) and early adolescence-adolescence (grades 5-12). Completion of the program leads to a Master of Arts in Education degree in special education/cross-categorical with a concentration in specific learning disabilities.

Why Choose Marian for Special Education?

  • Learn to teach special education students in grades 1-12

  • Keep your current job while going to school online through MPath

  • Advance your teaching career or transition from another

  • Choose your start date, classes start monthly

  • Master new skills at your own pace

  • Collaborate with peers and apply learning through field experiences

The MAE Special Education Focus is perfect for:

Changing Careers

If you are a professional, with any bachelor’s degree, who is called toward a passion for working with special needs children, it’s not too late to make a change. Marian’s online degree program gives you the flexibility to continue working while you pursue a special education master’s degree and transition to a career you can feel good about.

Paraprofessional Aides

Are you a teacher’s aide who has discovered the joy of working with students with special needs? If you’ve had some experience in a special education setting, you may be ready to take the next step. Become a Wisconsin licensed special education teacher by earning your MAE and get ready to inspire and shape the minds of young students.

Licensed Teachers

If you are a teacher who is ready to change your role within the education system or a lifelong learner who wants to better meet the needs of diverse students, Marian’s MAE Special Education Focus can help you do that. Previously licensed teachers can add a special education license in order to expand their knowledge, support students in an inclusive setting or become the lead teacher in a special education classroom.

New Special Ed Teachers

Special education teachers who have been hired under a temporary or emergency license and are ready to enroll in a licensure program will benefit from Marian’s flexible program. 100% online classes, 12 yearly start dates and the ability to learn at your own pace allow you to continue working in your teaching position while you earn your MAE with license.

“Having entered the teaching profession as a career-changer myself, I can appreciate the challenges and excitement of a program such as Marian’s MPath Flexible Learning Program – because I’ve been there! For this reason, our program focuses on preparing you to enter the classroom confident and ready for the challenge.”

Polly Manske – Assistant professor of teacher education at Marian University

flexible program

MPath Online Program Schedule: FLEXIBLE SCHEDULE

The online Master of Arts in Education (with license) focus special education, is designed for professionals who are dedicated to furthering their education with the convenience of a program custom-made to fit their lives. The Flexible Program provides 12 convenient start dates and the ability to set your pace and customize your own completion plan.

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The Marian University Benefit

  • Marian is a member of NC-SARA (National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements).

  • Marian is accredited through the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), a regional accreditation agency for institutions of higher education based in the North Central region of the United States.
  • Marian University holds programmatic accreditation for degrees in nursing, business, social work and teacher education.

Marian University

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