Top 50 Best Value Masters in Special Education Programs 2015-2016

Top 50 Best Value Masters in Special Education Programs 2015-2016The following is a list of the top 50 Best Value Residential Masters in Special Education programs in the United States for the 2015-2016 academic year. The ranking is based on full time enrollment cost of attendance at public four year colleges or universities. The cost of attendance is based on room and board, tuition, fees, books, and transportation for in state full time graduate students living on campus who will start the program in Fall 2015. These costs are only estimates and are based on published information from each individual institution. For the most current information we suggest contacting the institutions directly.

#1. Oklahoma State University-Oklahoma City

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Oklahoma State University-Oklahoma City is a branch coeducational school in the Oklahoma State University system that was established in 1961. Originally Oklahoma State University Technical Institute the named changed in 1990 to OSUOKC. The campus is situated in the northwest quadrant of Oklahoma City near the I40/I44 interchange. Current enrollment stands above 7,000 students and the university offers over 40 degree and certificate programs.

M.Ed in Education Program Details
The masters of special education at Oklahoma State University Oklahoma City is a 36 credit hour program that requires the applicant already have a bachelor’s degree in hand. Applicants must submit an application with a 500 word essay detailing their individual statement of purpose. Students that don’t meet minimum requirements for admission must also have a 3.0 GPA in undergraduate work and letters of recommendation.

Accreditation
Oklahoma State University Oklahoma City is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Cost of Attendance – $10,500

#2. Minot State University​

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Minot State University was founded in 1913 in the city of Minot, North Dakota. Minot State is North Dakota’s third largest university and offers a variety of undergraduate and graduate degrees. Current enrollment tops 3,000 students. Minot State University competes in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference of the NCAA Division II

M.Ed in Education Program Details
Minot State University’s masters of special education is offered in four concentrations, deaf or hard of hearing, specific learning disabilities, early childhood special education, special education strategist, and developmental disabilities/autism spectrum disorder. The program is generally 30-36 credit hours in length.

Accreditation
Minot State University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Cost of Attendance – $12,800

#3. University of Georgia

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Located in Athens Georgia the University of Georgia is a public land grant university established in 1785. With over 30,000 students the University of Georgia is the states largest university. UGA athletic teams compete in the Southeastern Conference of the NCAA Division I.

M.Ed in Education Program Details
The masters of teaching in special education at the University of Georgia promotes leadership, and practical skills for students who already hold a bachelors degree in teaching but are seeking to move into the realm of special education. Applicants must hold a valid teaching certificate, must have one year of teaching experience and must complete an online application. The program is 36 credit hours in length.

Accreditation
The University of Georgia is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

Cost of Attendance – $14,500

#4. Washburn University

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Washburn University is a four year university offering a variety of undergraduate and graduate degrees which include programs in business and law. Washburn was established in 1865 under a state charter and is situated in the capital of Kansas, Topeka. Current enrollment stands above 6,000 students with a staff of over 550.

M.Ed in Education Program Details
Washburn University offers a masters in adaptive special education, k-6 and 6-12. The program is designed for educators wishing to serve in one of the many unique special education settings including a self contained environment, resource room, or as an itinerant support teacher.
The degree plan is 36 credit hours in length.

Accreditation
Washburn University is accredited by the Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE) and the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

Cost of Attendance – $14,650

#5. Utah State University

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Utah State University is a public research university that was originally founded in 1888 as an agricultural college. Today Utah State is a large university with a student body over 20,000 students. Athletic teams at Utah State University compete in the NCAA Division I and are a member of the Mountain West Conference.

M.Ed in Education Program Details
The masters of special education program at Utah State University is structured as an advanced level of preparation for educators who work with students with disabilities. The program is designed to prepare teachers and to develop their skills in order to better serve special needs students. The masters program is divided into three possible concentrations, Master of Education (M.Ed.), Master of Science (M.S.), and Master of Education or Science and concurrent education leadership emphasis. The programs are designed to meet the needs of different populations. Regardless of which program a student chooses generally this is a 36 credit hour program.

Accreditation
Utah State University is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU).

Cost of Tuition – $15,100

#6. Southern Arkansas University

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Southern Arkansas University was established in 1909 as an agricultural school. Southern Arkansas University is currently a four year institution that offers a small student to instructor ratio in an effort to create a more conducive learning environment. The university is well known for their game and animation design with a computer science concentration, degree. Additionally Southern Arkansas University has a well regarded engineering program.

M.Ed in Education Program Details
The M.Ed. in special education from Southern Arkansas University is designed for educators seeking to enhance their capacity in the special education environment. This program is aligned with the competencies outlined by the National Board of Professional Teaching and meets teh standards set by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education. The program offers two tracks that include the Early Childhood Instructional Specialist (P-4) and the Instructional Specialist (4-12).

Accreditation
Southern Arkansas University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Cost of Attendance – $15,100

#7. University of South Alabama

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The University of South Alabama (USA) is a public coeducational, research university in Mobile, Alabama. The University of South Alabama was created by the Alabama Legislature in May, 1963. The University of South Alabama serves the almost one million people of the greater Mobile area and is divided into ten colleges including a state supported medical school. Current enrollment tops 16,000 students.

M.Ed in Education Program Details
South Alabama University offers an alternate masters of education degree in special education that gives educators the information and skill training that will enable them to properly serve students in this crucial field. Applicants must submit an application and include official transcripts, two letters of recommendation, results from the GRE exam and a statement of purpose. The program is 42 credit hours in length and includes a practicum requirement.

Accreditation
The University of South Alabama is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

Cost of Attendance – $15,550

#8. New Mexico State University

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New Mexico State University is a public land grant university situated in Las Cruces New Mexico. NMSU is the oldest public college or university in New Mexico having been established in 1888. Current enrollment stands at over 18,000 students making New Mexico State University the second largest university in New Mexico. Sports teams at the university compete in both the Western Athletic Conference and Sun Belt Conference of the NCAA division I.

M.Ed in Education Program Details
New Mexico State University offers a M.Ed in special education geared towards fields of special education, speech-language pathology and audiology. Applicants interested in applying to this program must submit an application along with a letter of intent that chronicles the applicants goals and purpose for applying to the program. No GRE score is required for this program! Program length varies depending on the area the student chooses but generally is 36 credit hours in length

Accreditation
New Mexico State University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Cost of Attendance – $15,870

#9. University of North Carolina-Wilmington

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The University of North Carolina-Wilmington is a public coeducational university located in Wilmington North Carolina. UNC-Wilmington was established in 1947 as Wilmington College. Today the university is part of the University of North Carolina system and boasts a student body of over 14,000 students. UNC-Wilmington offers over 50 undergraduate degrees and nearly three dozen graduate degrees.

M.Ed in Education Program Details
The University of North Carolina-Wilmington offers a masters of education in special education that is designed to provide the student with the necessary skills to excel in the self contained and itinerant support environments. Applicants should hold a current teaching certificate and must have at least one year of teaching experience. This program is approximately 36 credit hours in length.

AccreditationThe University of North Carolina-Wilmington is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges.

Cost of Attendance – $16,400

#10. Northwest Missouri State University

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Northwest Missouri State University was founded in 1905 and is located in Maryville, Missouri. Northwest Missouri was originally founded as a teachers college, it offers both undergraduate and graduate programs. Northwest has some well known athletic programs which have won several NCAA Division II championships in the past two decades. These include the several football national championships and three cheerleading national championships.

M.Ed in Education Program Details
The masters of science in special education at Northwest Missouri State prepares students to work with children that have mild to moderate disabilities. The degree has a variety of elective options depending on the concentration a student wishes to focus on. Generally the program is between 32-40 credit hours depending on certification requirements and prior course work the student has completed.

Accreditation
Northwest Missouri State University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education.

Cost of Attendance – $16,600

#11. University of Southern Mississippi

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The University of Southern Mississippi is a research university situated in Hattiesburg, MS. Approximate enrollment stands at about 15,000 students. The university was established in 1910 as a normal school then became a teaching college, today USM is a Carnegie Foundation research university offering a variety of undergraduate and graduate degrees.

M.Ed in Education Program Details
The masters of special education at the University of Southern Mississippi is geared towards building the capacity of classroom teachers to meet the needs of students with disabilities. Admissions requirements include a 3.0 GPA in undergraduate course work, three letters of recommendation, GRE scores, letter of intent and licensure as an educator. The program is 36 credit hours in length and is specifically geared towards elementary school educators.

Accreditation
The University of Southern Mississippi is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

Cost of Attendance – $16,600

#12. University of Alaska-Fairbanks

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In the middle of the Alaskan wilderness you will find the city of Fairbanks home of the University of Alaska Fairbanks campus. The Fairbanks campus is the flagship campus of the University of Alaska system and is a distinguished research university. The University of Alaska Fairbanks was originally established as an agricultural college and school of the mines but now is a full fledged university that offers undergraduate and graduate degrees.

M.Ed in Education Program Details
Alaska Fairbanks M.Ed in special education from 36-42 credit hours in length depending on the concentration and certification pathway the student chooses. Acceptance into this program is contingent on the student having a bachelor’s degree, minimum of 24 credits of education courses, and an average 3.00 GPA in undergraduate level course work.

Accreditation
The University of Alaska Fairbanks is accredited by the Northwest Commission of Colleges and Universities.

Cost of Attendance – $16,650

#13. Northern State University

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Northern State University is located in Aberdeen, South Dakota. Northern State University was established in 1901 during a rapid growth spurt in South Dakota’s history. Today the university has just under 4,000 students and competes in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference of the NCAA Division II.

M.Ed in Education Program Details
The master of science in teaching and learning with a Special Education emphasis at Northern State University is designed for the working student. Students are able to choose from either a program in which only coursework is required or a program in which they must complete a research project. If a student elects to take only coursework, the student must complete a minimum of 35 credit hours in order to graduate. If the research option is chosen, the student must complete a minimum of 32 credit hours, Admissions requirements include a 3.0 GPA in undergraduate course work, a bachelors degree, and prior teacher certification.

Accreditation
South Dakota State University is accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and the state of South Dakota. In addition, the early childhood education program holds accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).

Cost of Attendance – $16,800

#14. University of Nebraska-Lincoln

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The University of Nebraska-Lincoln is the flagship of the University of Nebraska System. The university was established in 1869 as a land-grant university under the 1862 Morrill Act. Though the University of Nebraska is known for its athletic programs, especially the football team the university is a major research university with eight colleges, located on several campuses and dedicated research facilities.

M.Ed in Education Program Details
The M.Ed degree in special education at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln is meant for students whose primary interests are in teaching children with disabilities. The program in offered in three concentrations, early childhood special education, education of the deaf and hard of hearing, and autism spectrum disorders and severe disabilities. In most cases delivery of course work is done in a mixed format with both face to face coursework and online based classes. Generally speaking most programs are 36 credit hours in length.

Accreditation
The University of Nebraska-Lincoln is accredited by Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation.

Cost of Attendance – $17,000

#15. Tennessee State University

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Tennessee State University is the only historically black university that receives state funds in Tennessee. Established in 1912 as an agricultural and industrial school, Tennessee State has grown to a school of over 9,000 students. Tennessee State offers 45 undergraduate degrees, over two dozen masters degrees and seven doctoral level degrees.

M.Ed in Education Program Details
The masters of special education degree at Tennessee State University provides candidates with courses and experiences that will prepare them for the special education environment. In order to be admitted to the program the applicant must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year college or university, an undergraduate cumulative grade point average of 2.75 or better on a 4.0 scale, a valid teacher certificate, and submission of an official report of the (GRE) score.

Accreditation
Tennessee State University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

Cost of Attendance – $17,900

#16. Chicago State University

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Chicago State University is a member in the Thurgood Marshal College fund and is situated in Chicago, IL. It was established in 1867 as the Cook County Normal School. Today the school boasts an enrollment of over 7,000 students. CSU participates in the Western Athletic Conference of the NCAA Division I.

M.Ed in Education Program Details
The masters of education in special education from Chicago State University strives to build a strong theoretical foundation, with effective teaching practices in an effort to deliver high quality instruction. Applicants must meet the following admissions requirements, 3.0 or better in the last 60 hours of bachelor’s degree course work, passing score on the Illinois teacher certification exam, two letters of reference, and a copy of their official undergraduate transcripts.

Accreditation
Chicago State University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Cost of Attendance – $18,200

#17. University of Nevada Las Vegas

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The University of Las Vegas Nevada is well known for its strong emphasis on science and technology, business management, and the law programs. UNLV has been classified by the Carnegie Foundation as a research intensive university. Current student enrollment stands at nearly 30,000 student. UNLV’s athletic teams compete in the NCAA Division I Mountain West Conference.

M.Ed in Education Program Details
The masters of special education from The University of Nevada Las Vegas is geared towards students who already hold a bachelors degree in education and are seeking to serve children with disabilities. The degree can be attained in one of seven concentrations, autism, early childhood special education, learning disabilities, generalist-mild disabilities, gifted and talented, emotional behavioral disorders, and intellectual disabilities. This is a 36 credit hour program that culminates with a comprehensive exam.

Accreditation
The University of Nevada Las Vegas is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU).

Cost of Attendance – $18,800

#18. Tarleton State University

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Tarleton State University is part of the Texas A&M University system and is situated in Stephenville Texas which is approximately 80 miles southwest of Fort Worth. Current enrollment is estimated at 10,000 plus students. Tarleton State University is a member of the Lone Star Conference and an NCAA Division II athletic program.

M.Ed in Education Program Details
Tarleton’s M.Ed in special education is a hybrid and face to face format program delivered both online and in face to face classroom environments. The emphasis of this program is on behavioral management in special education environments. The program is 36 credit hours in length.

Accreditation
Tarleton State University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Cost of Attendance – $18,900

#19. Eastern Kentucky University

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Eastern Kentucky University is a public university and research institution situated in Richmond, KY. The university was established in 1906 and currently has an enrollment of nearly 16,000 students. In addition to its myriad of residential academic programs Eastern Kentucky University offers 25 online degree options.

M.Ed in Education Program Details
Eastern Kentucky University offers a master of arts in education in communication disorders and a M.Ed. in Education with advanced studies in learning and behavioral disorders. The programs are generally 30-36 credit hours in length and are geared towards preparing students for the special education environment.

Accreditation
Eastern Kentucky University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Cost of Attendance – $18,900

#20. Eastern Washington University

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Eastern Washington University is a public university located in Cheney, WA. The school was established in 1882 and currently boasts a student enrollment of over 13,000 students. Eastern Washington University offers a variety of degrees including, 10 master’s degrees, 7 graduate certificates, all in more than 100 fields of study,

M.Ed in Education Program Details
The masters of education in special education at Eastern Washington University is a 36 credit hour course. Course work focuses to dig deeper into delivering high quality education to students with special needs, and issues dealing with requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act. Students are admitted on a quarterly basis and must present three letters of recommendation, and a copy of state teaching certificate.

Accreditation
Eastern Washington University is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU) and is a member of the Association of American Universities.

Cost of Attendance – $19,600

#21. Fitchburg State University

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Fitchburg State University is located in Fitchburg Massachusetts and offers a variety of undergraduate and graduate degrees to its 5,000 plus students. Fitchburg was founded in 1894 as State Normal School of Fitchburg. Today Fitchburg State University offers a variety of degrees across 25 concentrations.

M.Ed in Education Program Details
The masters of special education at Fitchburg is a hybrid model with classes meeting on Saturday’s. This program has an emphasis on developing practical skills to enable educators to meet the needs of high special education students. The program is 36 credit hours in length. Requirements for admittance into this program include a bachelors degree, a professional resume, official GRE scores and three letters of recommendation.

Accreditation
Fitchburg State University is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, (NEASC).

Cost of Attendance – $20,000

#22. Boise State University

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Boise State was originally founded in 1932 by the Episcopal Church but became an independent college in 1934. Boise State offers over 200 degrees in 190 different fields of study. Current enrollment at Boise State University surpasses 22,000 students with over 650 staff. Boise State competes athletically in the NCAA Mountain West Conference which is a division I conference.

M.Ed in Education Program Details
The masters of special education at Boise State University is for experienced teachers who wish to advance their knowledge and skills in the field of special education.. The program is 33 credit hours in length and is designed to improve the delivery of education for children with special needs.

Accreditation
Boise State University is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.

Cost of Attendance – $20,000

#23. McNeese State University

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McNeese State University is located in Lake Charles Louisiana and was established in 1939. McNeese is a public university with over 8,000 students and was originally a division of Louisiana State University.

M.Ed in Education Program Details
McNeese State University offers a M.Ed in special education that is 36 credit hours in length. In order to be considered for admission into this program the student must have a bachelors degree from an accredited university and must fulfill other requirements as laid out by the university. The degree is meant to prepare educators who wish to pursue advanced study in special education or specialized study in autism disorders or educational diagnostician preparation.

Accreditation
McNeese State University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Cost of Attendance – $20,200

#24. University of Northern Iowa

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The University of Northern Iowa was established in 1876 and is located in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Northern Iowa University is consistently named one of the best universities in the midwest by a variety of reporting entities. The University of Northern Iowa prides itself in maintaining small class sizes and keeping classes staffed by tenured staff.

M.Ed in Education Program Details
The masters of education degree at the University of Northern Iowa is offered in a variety of concentrations including a variety of special education endorsements. In order to be considered for admission into this program the student must have a bachelors degree from an accredited university and must fulfill other requirements as laid out by the university. This is a 30 credit hour minimum program.

Accreditation
University of Northern Iowa is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).

Cost of Attendance – $20,500

#25. St. Cloud State University

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The educational system in Minnesota is well known for it’s excellence, St. Cloud State University is no exception. Founded in 1869 St. Cloud State University offers a variety of graduate and undergraduate degrees. Current student enrollment is above 15,000 students. St. Cloud State University is one of the largest schools in the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system.

M.Ed in Education Program Details
St. Cloud State University’s college of education offers students a masters of science degree in special education that is meant to develop, the teaching capacity of teachers to meet the needs of students with specific disabilities. The program is 36 credit hours in length, prospective students must have a 3.0 GPA in all undergraduate course work and no GRE score is required.

Accreditation
St. Cloud State University is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

Cost of Attendance – $20,500

#26. Florida Gulf Coast University

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Florida Gulf Coast University was only established in 1991 but already boasts a student body reaching 15,000 students. Florida Gulf Coast University is located in Fort Myers and is near several major airports giving students many options for travel. Florida Gulf Coast University athletic teams participate in the Atlantic Sun Conference, which is a member of the NCAA Division I.

M.Ed in Education Program Details
The M.Ed. program in special education at Florida Gulf Coast University is designed to provide advanced study in special education pedagogy. Prospective students must have an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher in all undergraduate course work, and must have a bachelors degree in order to be considered for admission in this masters level program. This is a 36 credit hour program.

Accreditation
Florida Gulf Coast University is accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education. Cost of

Cost of Attendance – $20,760

#27. University of Northern Colorado

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The University of Northern Colorado is a coeducational research university located in Greeley, CO. The university was established in 1889 as a normal school and has a long history of excellence in preparing teachers and other educators. The University of Northern Colorado has over 50 graduate programs most of which are in education solidifying the universities excellence in educator preparation.

M.Ed in Education Program Details
The masters of special education generalist at the University of Northern Colorado focuses on preparing the student to teach children with a wide range of disabilities. Requirements for acceptance into this program include, a baccalaureate degree, submission of a completed admission packet, official transcripts, and a 3.0 GPA in undergraduate coursework.

Accreditation
The University of Northern Colorado is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Cost of Attendance – $20,800

#28. Frostburg State University

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Frostburg State University was founded in 1898 and is situated in Frostburg, Maryland. Frostburg State is part of the University of Maryland system. Current student enrollment is just over 5,000 and the university has an endowment of almost $20,000,000. Frostburg competes in Division III of the NCAA.

M.Ed in Education Program Details
The masters of special education at Frostburg State University is a 39-42 credit hour program. The program is designed for working teachers who seek to increase their capacity in the area of special education delivery. Prospective students must undergo an interview process, have a bachelors degree, a valid teacher certificate, and must submit writing samples and letters of recommendation.

Accreditation
Frostburg State University is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.

Cost of Attendance – $21,000

#29. University of Montana

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The University of Montana is the flagship university of the University of Montana system. Located in Missoula, the University of Montana is noted for its beautiful campus and the surrounding area. Academically the University of Montana has many accolades bestowed upon it over the past decade proving that the University of Montana is not only beautiful but also distinguished.

M.Ed in Education Program Details
The University of Montana strives to maintain a master’s program in education with a special education endorsement that prepares students who are working in public school settings to deliver instruction at a high level. The program is designed for students who are currently in the field of teaching but who are seeking to serve students with special needs. This degree program encompasses 37 credit hours. Acceptance requirements include, completion of application, official transcripts from undergraduate work, a minimum 3.0 GPA, and a current resume.

Accreditation
The University of Montana is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.

Cost of Attendance – $21,000

#30. Norfolk State University

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Norfolk State University was founded in 1935 and is located in Norfolk, Virginia. Student enrollment currently stands around 7,000 with over 10% of those students attending graduate programs. Norfolk offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in over 50 fields. Norfolk State University competes in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference of the NCAA’s division I.

M.Ed in Education Program Details
The master of pre elementary with a concentration on special education from Norfolk State University is a 36 credit hour program that concentrates on providing field instruction, and clinical practices that develop capacity in teaching skills to serve special needs populations. Acceptance into the program is contingent on a number of prerequisites including, a bachelors degree with teacher certification, minimum of three years in a K-12 school setting, official test scores from either the GRE or MAT exams and a writing sample.

Accreditation
Norfolk State University is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.

Cost of Attendance – $21,200

#31. University of Hawaii-Manoa

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The University of Hawaii Manoa is a land grant university that was founded in 1907. The university is situated in the suburb of Manoa which is part of Honolulu. Today the university boasts a student enrollment of nearly 20,000 students. The University of Hawaii Manoa is a perrenial power ranking school in a variety of areas and is recognized by a multitude of organization.

M.Ed in Education Program Details
The M.Ed program in special education at the University of Hawaii Manoa is a 30 credit hour course program with course work typically taking two years to complete. The program is meant for applicants who already hold a valid teaching certificate and are practicing teachers. Applicants must have two years of classroom experience, submit an application and provide letters of reference.

Accreditation
The University of Hawaii Manoa is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.

Cost of Attendance – $22,000

#32. Eastern Michigan University

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Eastern Michigan University was founded in 1849 as a “normal school”. Eastern Michigan University is a highly regarded university for its development of highly effective and qualified school personnel. The university offers a variety of undergraduate and graduate degrees and has embraced the hybrid model that has become very popular throughout the United States.

M.Ed in Education Program Details
The masters of education in special education at Eastern Michigan University is offered in over a dozen concentrations including autism spectrum disorders and visual impairment. The program is 36 credit hours in length. Program entry requirements include an undergraduate degree, minimum 2.7 GPA, letters of recommendation and performance review documentation that is provided for review by the university.

Accreditation
Eastern Michigan University is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.

Cost of Attendance – $22,000

#33. California State University—​San Bernardino

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California State University San Bernardino was established in 1965 and is part of the California State University System. A new college of education opened in 2008 giving CSU San Bernardino a significant push in its mission to better the education of all students in P-20 programs. CSUSB participates in the California Collegiate Athletic Association Division II and has had great success within that system.

M.Ed in Education Program Details
California State San Bernardino’s M.Ed in special education is designed for both elementary and secondary teachers seeking to work with children with disabilities. The program provides opportunities for teachers to gain expertise and knowledge in subject matter content and pedagogy in order to prepare them to teach gifted students. Admissions requirements include a bachelors degree, teacher certificate, three letters of recommendation and a statement of purpose

Accreditation
California State University San Bernardino is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.

Cost of Attendance – $22,500

#34. University of Wyoming

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Situated in Laramie Wyoming the University of Wyoming is a land grant university established in 1869. The University of Wyoming consists of seven colleges: agriculture and natural resources, arts and sciences, business, education, engineering and applied sciences, health sciences, and law. Sports teams at Wyoming compete in the Mountain West Conference and are a NCAA Division I program.

M.Ed in Education Program Details
The M. Ed in special education degree at the University of Wyoming is a 36 credit hour program that focuses on developing teachers skills in order meet the needs of special populations. Additionally the program enables the student to maintain their busy lifestyle while earning a degree that will give them the tools to become exemplary school leaders. Delivery of course work happens through a hybrid model which includes video conferencing, online delivery and face to face class time.

Accreditation
The University of Wyoming is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.

Cost of Attendance – $22,500

#35. Portland State University

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Portland State University is a public four year university that was established in 1946 Situated in down town Portland this university is truly a gem of the Pacific Northwest with a variety of amenities that attract young people from all over the country. The Princeton Review ranked Portland State in the top 15% of schools in the country in 2012.

M.Ed in Education Program Details
Portland State University offers a masters of special education that can either include licensure or not depending on the program chosen. The degree program is designed to accommodate the schedules of students who are currently in the field of teaching. Course work can take up to two years and is a 45 credit hour program. Admissions requirements include a bachelors degree, and a valid teachers license.

Accreditation
Portland State University is accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education.

Cost of Attendance – $22,800

#36. Plymouth State University

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Plymouth State University is a member of the University System of New Hampshire which was established in 1871. Current enrollment hovers above 6,000 students with roughly 2,000 of those being graduate students. Plymouth State University is classified under the Carnegie Foundation Community Engagement designation.

M.Ed in Education Program Details
The masters of education in special education at Plymouth State has a variety of concentrations that are between 36-42 credit hours in length. The program provides educators with the knowledge, skills, and understanding they need to successfully practice effective teaching and classroom management in the special populations realm.

Accreditation
Plymouth State University is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges and National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education.

Cost of Attendance – $22,800

#37. University of Delaware

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The University of Delaware is the largest university in the state with nearly 20,000 enrolled students. The university was established in 1743 as a land grant university. Though technically a private university the University of Delaware does receive public money for its operations and has a number of satellite campuses.

M.Ed in Education Program Details
The masters of education in exceptional children and youth (special education) at Delaware is a 36 credit hour program that spans a two year period. The University of Delaware strives to maintain a special education program that challenges its students to see educating kids with disabilities as a calling rather than a job. Admissions requirements include a bachelors degree, 3.0 GPA in undergraduate work, completion of the application, a written statement of purpose, and a valid teachers license.

Accreditation
The University of Delaware is accredited by the The Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

Cost of Attendance – $23,000

#38. Indiana University Northwest

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Indiana University Northwest is a four year institution located in Gary, Indiana. IUNW is a member of the Indiana University System and currently has roughly 6,000 students and a faculty of over 180 full time faculty. IUNW competes in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics as an independent school and fields a variety of coed athletic teams.

M.Ed in Education Program Details
Indiana University Northwest strives to maintain a masters of education program with a concentration in special education that prepares students who are working in public school settings to meet the needs of all students. They are able to do this through learner–centered programming that prepares graduates to meet the challenges of teaching kids with special needs. This is a Masters of Science degree which encompasses 33 credit hours that typically takes two years to complete.

Accreditation
Indiana University Northwest is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission as an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) Institution.

Cost of Attendance – $23,000

#39. Kent State University

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Kent State University was established in 1910 and is currently a research university offering a myriad of undergraduate and graduate degrees. With an enrollment above 40,000 students Kent State is one of the largest schools in Ohio. Many of the education classes that students will take for the listed M. Ed program are taken in nearby Stark, Ohio which is a satellite campus for the main campus in Kent, Ohio.

M.Ed in Education Program Details
The masters of education in special education from Kent State University provides an opportunity for licensed teachers to attain an endorsement or certificate training to enhance their existing skills. Admissions requirements include a bachelors degree, 3.0 GPA in undergraduate work, completion of the application, a written statement of purpose, and a valid teachers license. This is a 36 credit hour program.

Accreditation
Kent State University is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.

Cost of Attendance – $23,400

#40. Central Connecticut State University

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Central Connecticut State University is a public university in New Britain, Connecticut. The school was founded in 1849 as Connecticut Normal School, making Central Connecticut State University the oldest publicly funded university in the state. Considered a commuter school an estimated half of CCSU’s 12,000 student drive into school every day.

M.Ed in Education Program Details
Central Connecticut State University offers a masters of education in special education program that aims to prepare teachers to teach students with disabilities in accordance with the high standards of the state of Connecticut. Requirements for admission to the program include a 2.7 gpa in undergraduate work a minimum of three years teaching experience and a Connecticut teaching certificate

Accreditation
Connecticut State University receives its accreditation from the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education.

Cost of Attendance – $23,800

#41. Francis Marion University

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Francis Marion University is a four year university situated in Florence, South Carolina. The school was established in 1970 and currently has over 4,200 students enrolled. Francis Marion’s athletics teams compete in the NCAA Division II Peach Belt.

M.Ed in Education Program Details
Francis Marion offers two masters of education programs in special education instructional accommodation (M.Ed.-IA) and learning disabilities (M.Ed.-LD). Program entry requirements include two letters of recommendation, and a philosophy of education statement at least 500 words in length.

Accreditation
Francis Marion University is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

Cost of Attendance – $24,000

#42. University of Maine

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The University of Main is a flagship school established in 1865 for the state of Maine through the land grant designation. In 1882 it was founded through the Morrill Act which was signed into law that year by President Abraham Lincoln. Current enrollment tops 11,000 students. Currently the University of Maine is the only institution classified as a research institution in the entire state of Maine.

M.Ed in Education Program Details
The masters of education in special education program at the University of Maine is offered in four concentrations, high incidence disabilities
low incidence disabilities, and individually designed early intervention. The course work is roughly 33-36 credit hours in length. Admissions requirements include a bachelors degree, 3.0 GPA in undergraduate work, completion of the application, a written statement of purpose, and a valid teachers license.

Accreditation
The University Maine is accredited by the The National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.

Cost of Attendance – $24,250

#43. University of Pittsburgh

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The University of Pittsburgh was established in 1787 just after the revolutionary war. This historic university has survived several moves including two terrible fires. The University of Pittsburgh has 17 undergraduate and graduate schools that serve its nearly 30,000 students. Pitt competes in the Atlantic Coast Conference of the NCAA Division I.

M.Ed in Education Program Details
The University of Pittsburgh offers a masters of special education and dual teaching certificate for grades 7-12. Students will study evidence based pedagogy in an effort to improve child learning through Special Education practices. This is a 42 credit hour program.

Accreditation
The University of Pittsburgh is accredited by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

Cost of Attendance – $26,000

#44. University of Wisconsin Milwaukee​

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The University of Wisconsin Milwaukee is a public four year university with a student body of over 27,000 students. UWM is considered an important research university and is the second largest university in the University of Wisconsin System. Athletic teams at UWM participate in the Horizon League of the NCAA’s Division I.

M.Ed in Education Program Details
The University of Wisconsin Milwaukee offers a masters of science in exceptional education that prepares students to work in the special education environment with an emphasis on urban education. The program is 30 credit hours in length. Admission into this program is contingent on a minimum 2.75 gpa, holding a valid teacher certification and a bachelors degree.

Accreditation
The University of Wisconsin Milwaukee is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Cost of Attendance – $26,000

#45. University of Rhode Island

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The University of Rhode Island is the principal land grant research university in Rhode Island. Rhode Island University is located in Kingston, RI and currently has a student enrollment of over 16,000 students. The University of Rhode Island offers 79 undergraduate and 49 graduate areas of study through seven academic colleges.

M.Ed in Education Program Details
The masters of education in special education at the University of Rhode Island is designed to to meet the Council for Exceptional Children standards and the requirements for Rhode Island special education certification in the area of mild to moderate disabilities in elementary special education (grades 1-6) or in secondary special education (grades 7-12). Course work is typically 36 credit hours in length. Admission requirements include a bachelors degree from an accredited university, valid teachers certificate, and a professional goals essay.

Accreditation
The University of Rhode Island receives its accreditation from the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.

Cost of Attendance – $27,000

#46. University of Vermont

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The University of Vermont was established in 1791 making one of the oldest universities in the United States of America. Today UVM is a school with over 11,000 students and nearly 1,200 staff. UVM is located in Burlington and is a perennial award winner in a variety of publication.

M.Ed in Education Program Details
The masters of education in special education at the University of Vermont is designed to provide educators with the skills and know how needed for working with students with disabilities. We seek to promote the success of all K – 12 students public/private elementary and secondary school settings. This is typically a 30-36 credit hour program.

Accreditation
The University of Vermont is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.

Cost of Attendance – $27,000

#47. William Paterson University

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William Paterson University is a public four year university located in Wayne, New Jersey. William Paterson currently has an enrollment hovering around 12,000. Additionally William Paterson offers undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral degrees through it’s five colleges. The university was established in 1855 and is the second oldest university in the state of New Jersey.

M.Ed in Education Program Details
William Paterson offers a masters of education in special education is offered in three concentrations, autism spectrum disorders, general learning disabilities, and severe learning disabilities. Admission requirements for this competitive program include a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university, a cumulative GPA of 2.7 or above, two letters of recommendation and a standard New Jersey teaching certificate.

Accreditation
William Paterson University is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation.

Cost of Attendance – $28,900

#48. West Virginia University

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West Virginia University is a public land grant university in Morgantown West Virginia. The school was established in 1867, and offers over 190 undergraduate and graduate degrees. Current student enrollment hovers around 30,000 students. Athletically West Virginia University competes in the Big 12 Conference of the NCAA’s Division I.

M.Ed in Education Program Details
The masters of education in special education at West Virginia University is offered in six concentrations, autism spectrum disorders, early childhood special education, gifted education, low vision, multicategorical special education, and severe disabilities. Generally these programs are 36 credit hour programs. Admissions requirements include a 2.75 GPA, letter of purpose and exam scores from the PRAXIS exam.

Accreditation
West Virginia University receives its accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission.

Cost of Attendance – $29,800

#49. Arizona State University

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With over 70,000 students at four campuses, Arizona State University is a major research university that strives to shape its identity around whom it includes versus those it excludes and the communities that it is rooted in. This plays out in its mission and goals to have its student body represent the socioeconomic and cultural diversity of the communities around it and by creating an environment on campus that gives all people access to quality education.

M.Ed in Education Program Details
Arizona State University offers two options for a masters of education in special education and meets the needs of those seeking Arizona teacher certification in cross categorical special education (grades K-12). Course work ranges from 36-50 credit hours in length. This program includes a clinical practicum portion. Admissions requirements include a bachelors degree, teacher certification and a statement of purpose.

Accreditation
Arizona State University is accredited by the North Central Association Higher Learning Commission.

Cost of Attendance – $30,650

#50. State University of New York, at Albany

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State University of New York at Albany is a public research university situated in Albany, NY. The university was founded in 1844 and currently has a student enrollment over 17,000 students throughout its nine schools and colleges. SUNY offers 50 undergraduate majors and 138 graduate degree programs

M.Ed in Education Program Details
The master of education in special education from the State University of New York at Albany is designed for students who wish to meet the specific needs of children with disabilities. The program is typically 30-36 credit hours in length. Admissions requirements require three letters of recommendation and completion of the program application.

Accreditation
State University of New York at Albany is accredited by the Teacher Education Accreditation Council.

Cost of Attendance – $33,500