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Master of Education in Special Education

Whether your background is in education or human-services, our fully online MEd in special education will enhance your ability to understand and teach those with disabilities. You’ll learn informal and functional behavior assessment strategies, behavior intervention techniques, programming and transition methods, and the special-education laws that affect the needs of people with disabilities in and outside of school.

Before you get started, you’ll need

  • A bachelor’s degree
  • The prerequisites required by the education college’s admissions policy
  • Access to a computer, webcam, and high-speed Internet as well as basic computer and word-processing skills

Degrees You Can Earn

MEd in Special Education: This 30-hour degree will provide you a solid foundation and effective strategies for working with people with disabilities. The program culminates in the Master Comprehensive Exam.

See a breakdown of the degree plan and requirements.


MEd in Special Education, Applied Behavior Analysis: This 39-hour degree provides a foundation of curriculum development and special-education teaching. From this knowledge base, you’ll focus your education further to include behavior intervention practices and procedures.

You can become a certified behavior analyst by passing the Board-Certified Behavior Analyst Examination. The certification is independent of UHV, so you will need to meet requirements set by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board in addition to the degree-plan coursework.

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MEd in Special Education, Autism Spectrums Disorders: This 36-hour degree provides a foundation of curriculum development and special-education teaching. From this knowledge base, you’ll focus your education further to include the study of autism and developmental disabilities.

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MEd in Special Education and Diagnostician Certification: Students seeking certification as an Educational Diagnostician who do not have a Master’s degree can obtain the Master’s of Education in Special Education and take nine additional hours beyond the Master’s degree in order to meet the course requirements for the Educational Diagnostician Certification.

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Where Can This Degree Take You?

Well, where would you like to go? Special education professionals can be found in many organizations—for example:

  • Public and private schools
  • Department of Education
  • Regional education centers
  • State and local agencies dedicated to meeting the needs of people with disabilities

There’s a lot ahead of you. You can go anywhere and do anything—follow a path or forge a brand new one. It’s all up to you, and we’re here to help prepare you for whatever journey lies ahead.
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Tuition & Funding

A good education shouldn’t saddle you with insurmountable debt. That’s why, at UHV, affordability and quality go hand in hand. From scholarships to grants to assistantships, we offer an array of options to help you afford your UHV graduate education.

Tuition Rates

The estimated cost of attending the University of Houston–Victoria varies with enrollment status and personal lifestyle. Browse our Cost of Attendance page to get an idea of how much it will cost to attend UHV.

Funding Options

To apply for FAFSA and similar external scholarships, visit the Office of Financial Aid .

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