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Master of Education in Special Education Online

The UTRGV TEACH Grant-eligible M.Ed. online program provides today's most effective teaching methods to meet the needs of a rapidly-growing population of special education students.

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Complete in as few as 10 months
30 credit hours
$458.33 per credit hour

Special education students need teachers and advocates with the unique expertise to guide them to a successful future. If your passion matches your ambition, you can earn your M.Ed. in Special Education online with UTRGV in as few as ten months. An initial teaching certificate is not required to enter this program. If you are a certified teacher, this TEACH Grant-eligible degree program will prepare you for additional special education certification credentials.

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Online Courses

EPSY 6300 Advanced Individual Differences

The content of this course will include the nature of individual differences with emphasis on the learning characteristics and application of research and theory to special education programs. There will be an emphasis on psychological, socio-cultural and physical characteristics of exceptional individuals. Analysis of major research regarding contemporary trends, issues and programs for exceptional individuals will be presented.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
EPSY 6302 Strategies for Teaching Individuals with Low Incidence Disabilities

The content of this course will include causes, symptoms and implications of low Incidence disabilities to the family, community, vocational adjustment and education, incorporating the child's cultural and linguistic background.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
EPSY 6303 Evidence-based Practices for Students with High Incidence Disabilities

The content of this course will include evidence-based instructional theories and practices for students with high incidence disabilities. The course will target curricular and instructional design for students who need individualized instruction for successful learning.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
EPSY 6304 Assessment of Learning

An introduction to basic concepts, techniques and issues in assessment of student learning and learning environments.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
EPSY 6307 Legal Foundations of Special Education

This course presents the information for educators to understand the history and development of special education laws and the requirements of the laws. The emphasis of this course is on the legal requirements of providing a free appropriate public education to students with disabilities.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
EPSY 6311 Applied Behavioral Analysis for Educators

This course includes an overview of the history and principles of applied behavior analysis including ethical and responsible uses. Applications in the educational setting are emphasized within the context of positive behavior support as it relates to classroom and school wide interventions.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
EPSY 6316 Classroom-Based Assessment and Programming in Special Education

The content of this course will include key Information about assessment methods commonly used in special education. A major focus of the course will be on the implications of assessment results for instruction.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
EPSY 6320 Consultation and Collaboration with Parents, Professionals, and Agencies

This course will include theory, techniques and research concerns in home-school-agency-system based consultation services or indirect service delivery models for individuals or clients who are from a society which is linguistically, socioeconomically, and socio-culturally pluralistic. There will be an emphasis on knowledge and concepts related to consultation with special and general education teachers, parents and families, community agencies and systems who deliver services to individuals and clients.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
EPSY 6356 Research Designs for Special Educators

This course will provide an overview analysis and interpretation of quantitative and qualitative research methodologies used in the extant literature on pedagogical techniques. Single subject design research methods and their application within special education will be emphasized. A variety of single-subject research designs will be examined, and the strengths and weaknesses of each design will be identified. Issues related to analysis of data, social validity and ethical use research methodologies will be discussed.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
EPSY 6385 Autism Spectrum Disorders

This course surveys the history, prevalence, theories of etiology, diagnosis, characteristics, and research based interventions of ASD.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3


The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley has specific deadline requirements that you must meet in order to enroll. Please read the admission guidelines for this program. For dates past June 19th please contact the university at 1-833-UTRGV-GC (1-833-887-4842) or gradcollege@utrgv.edu. We look forward to supporting you during your journey.

Upcoming Start Dates

June 19, 2018

May 18, 2018

Tuition & Financial Aid

UT Rio Grande Valley's 100% online accelerated graduate programs offer affordable tuition, and financial aid is available for those who qualify.

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Partner Scholarship

*We estimate that tuition and fees will total no more than the rates shown above; however, rates are subject to change.

Financial Aid

UTRGV is an equal opportunity institution in the administration of its financial aid programs. In keeping with this policy, financial aid is extended to students without regard to race, creed, sex, national origin, veteran status, religion, age or disability. For additional information regarding funding please visit our Student Loan page.

Additional Fees

  • Application Fee: $50 domestic, $100 international
  • Graduation Fee: $32
Application fee can be paid online by credit card or electronic check only

Partner Scholarship

Participating students from partner organizations have the opportunity to receive a $2,000 (which will be pro-rated over the duration of the program) scholarship based upon successful completion of the scholarship requirements.

If you are not sure if your organization is a participating partner, please contact a representative at 844-218-2727. In order to qualify for the scholarship, all required documents must be submitted by the posted deadline. Scholarships are not retroactive.


Please review all the admission requirements for the UTRGV M.Ed. Special Education online degree program. For specific questions or more details, contact an enrollment specialist at 844-218-2727.

Online Application

Submit your application and one-time $50 application fee (for domestic applications) online.

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What our students say about UTGRV's Master of Education online program

UTRGV is dedicated to helping educators everywhere achieve new levels of success. That's why we offer high quality education programs taught by respected faculty. Earning your graduate education degree is an achievable goal—without giving up your current job and income.

Hear from our students why University of Texas Rio Grande Valley was the right choice for them.

We Will Make a Better Future

"To anyone that is contemplating going back to school, I would highly recommend it. You can never put a price tag on education. It's going to help you in the long run, and not just you yourself, but your whole family."

-Venessa Ramos, M.Ed. in Special Education