Special Education in Learning Disabilities (MSE)

Fast Facts

Credit Hours: 36 (Learning Disabilities) or 37 (Autism Spectrum Disorder)
Cost Per Credit: $530 (Online)
Estimated Completion: 30 months

At SAU, we believe special educators offer a ministry of hope for children with special needs and their families. We prepare teachers to become agents of change within an atmosphere of compassion.

Offered completely online, our 12 course Learning Disabilities Concentration and 13 course for Autism Spectrum Disorder Concentration take learning to a higher level while providing an understanding of best practice in diagnosing and addressing the skill deficits of students with disabilities.

Prepared for Success

Under the guidance of SAU’s School of Education special education experts, you can gain a deep understanding of positive behavior supports, advanced assessment, assistive/adaptive technology, and law and policy. You also will gain a better understanding of how to integrate Christian values into your professional teaching role. More specific skills and knowledge include:

  • Assess, teach and modify instruction for students with learning disabilities.
  • Adapt formal and informal assessment methods for instructional planning and communicating assessment results to students, families and other professionals.
  • Foster study and test-taking skills, self-management, problem solving, reasoning, coping and self-determination.
  • Monitor and report the progress related to the unique needs of students with learning disabilities, including career/transition programs and access to adult role models, and use of assistive technology.
  • Manage and monitor the social, emotional and behavioral needs of students with learning disabilities in a variety of group settings.

Choose from two endorsements.

Teachers who are already certified to teach general education can enroll in this Master’s program and obtain one of two endorsements to teach special education students in K-12 classrooms: Learning Disabilities and Autism Spectrum Disorder. Both will teach you how to accurately assess, teach and modify instruction and curricula for students dependent on need. You also will learn behavioral supports and intervention strategies and how to effectively administer, interpret and report student assessments.

Admissions requirements

  • Official transcripts from all institutions you’ve attended
  • Evidence of an earned Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university
  • A cumulative GPA of at least 3.00 for the last two years of your Bachelor’s program
  • Contact information for two references
  • Completed Pre-program Survey
  • Teacher certification information
  • Conviction disclosure
  • Completed graduate application

Non-degree seeking admissions requirements

Applicants for admission to non-degree graduate study in education must hold a baccalaureate degree or higher from a regionally accredited college or university.

Each applicant for admission to the non-degree in the School of Education must file with the graduate education office:

  • An application for admission on the appropriate form
  • Full payment of the graduate application fee
  • Conviction Disclosure form
  • Copy of teaching certificate if the certificate was issued by a state other than Michigan
  • Michigan Certification information (if certified in Michigan)
  • Completed Statement of Academic integrity
  • Official transcripts for Bachelor’s degree if not teacher certified
  • Official transcripts must be sent directly from the college or university attended to the MAE location you are working through

If you have questions or want to meet with an admissions representative, call 1-844-621-0900.


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