Master of Arts: Special Education, LBS I
According to the National Education Association, over the past 10 years the number of U.S. students enrolled in special education programs has risen 30%. When you earn your M.A. in Special Education, you will be meeting the growing demands of districts with your qualifications to work with children with special needs.
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Overview & Tuition
Earn your Master of Arts in Special Education and LBS I endorsement on your teaching license in 1 ½ years. Call or request information today.
The Graduate Studies Special Education program is for those who have already completed an undergraduate degree and have a valid teaching license. (If you do not yet have your teaching license, you may be interested in the undergraduate-level Adult Studies Special Education program.)
If you already have your LBS I endorsement on your teaching license, you may be interested in earning your LBS II Learning Behavior Specialist endorsement. Contact us about that program.
- $415 per credit hour, for a total tuition of $14,940 (36 credit hours)
- Various scholarships are available. Click here for more information.
- A valid IL teaching license
- A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college
- Required coursework: Introduction to Special Education (If you have not completed this course, contact us for convenient ways to do so.)
- Two letters of recommendation, including one from a principal or supervisor
- Complete the Graduate Studies application for admission
- Submit the $50 application fee
Courses in Trinity’s M.A. in Special Education are arranged in sequence to build upon previous ones. Students cannot drop into each course at random; they must complete the program in the sequence specified.
|SPED 517||Tests and Measurements: Assessing Students with Special Needs||3 credits|
|SPED 524||Teaching Students with High Incidence Disabilities Age 3-22 *||6 credits|
|SPED 525||Teaching Students with Low Incidence Disabilities Age 3-22 *||6 credits|
|SPED 519||Remediation of Language and Communication Disorders||3 credits|
|Students could exit here and be eligible to receive LBS1 Endorsement, providing they pass state tests.
|SPED 514||Reading Disabilities Theory and Interventions *||3 credits|
|SPED 530||Communication and Collaboration in Special Education: Strategies and Methods||3 credits|
|SPED 620||Special Education In Today’s Classroom||3 credits|
|Students could exit here and be eligible to receive LBS1 License, providing they pass state tests.
|SPED 680||Research in Special Education: Project Design *||3 credits|
|SPED 683||The Law and Current Challenges||2 credits|
|SPED 685||Master’s Project||4 credits|
Students who complete all requirements receive a M.A. in Special Education, and are eligible to receive LBS1 license, providing they pass state tests.
- 1 ½ years of coursework
- Students attend class on campus one night a week, on the same evenings throughout the entire program. Additionally, there is a second night each week of online coursework (overall, 2 nights required each week during the program; one night on campus and one night online).
- The program is offered at our main campus in Palos Heights, Illinois
There are options to extend the length of the program. Call for details. Students may also choose to earn an LBS1 endorsement after 4 courses (18 credits) or LBS1 license after 7 courses (27 credits) without completing a master’s degree. Students must pass state tests to earn endorsement or license.