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Careers in Special Education

Already-credentialed teachers may pursue a Master of Arts in Special Education degree in order to advance or add a specialization to their career. Additional career options may include:

  • Assistive Technology Specialist
  • Behavior Interventionist
  • Gifted and Talented Specialist
  • Inclusion Specialist

Discover more information about degree programs in education at Ashford University.

The Master of Arts in Special Education is not CAEP**, TEAC or NCATE accredited, which is a requirement for certification in some states, and successful completion of the Master of Arts in Special Education by itself does not lead to certification or licensure in any state. Other factors, such as a student’s criminal history, may prevent an applicant from obtaining licensure or employment in this field of study. All prospective students are advised to visit the Education Resource Organizations Directory (EROD) and to contact the licensing body of the state where they are licensed or intend to obtain licensure to verify that these courses qualify for teacher certification, endorsement, and/or salary benefits in that state prior to enrolling. Prospective students are also advised to regularly review the states’ policies and procedures relating to licensure as those policies are subject to change.

** The Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) is the resulting entity from the merger of the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC) and National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).