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Why study Special Education online through OSU?

The master’s degree in Teaching, Learning and Leadership with an option in Special Education is designed to train and equip educators who work with students with disabilities across a variety of K-12 educational settings. Our graduates have the foundational knowledge and skills needed to work with children with disabilities by addressing academic, communication, social, behavioral and adaptive skills. We prepare educators who value diversity, life-long learning and advocate for quality educational opportunities for all students. 


This 100-percent online degree program is delivered through Canvas, OSU’s online learning platform. The program follows a suggested summer-start, two-year accelerated completion sequence in which students take two courses per semester. This can be modified if needed.



Program curriculum addresses the principles of special education, positive behavior interventions and supports and applied behavior analysis. Coursework preview:

  • Models of Instruction in the Inclusive Class
  • Improving Literacy Skills of Individuals with Disabilities
  • Compliance, Planning & Instruction in Special Education
  • Transition into Adulthood for Individuals with Disabilities
  • Characteristics & Teaching Methods for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Characteristics of Students with Mild/Moderate Disabilities
  • Assessing Students with Disabilities
  • Classroom & Behavior Management
  • Culturally Responsive Teaching in Special Education 

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Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Applicants are encouraged to submit application materials at least six weeks prior to the start of the semester. 


To apply to the Teaching, Learning and Leadership - option in Special Education, MS program, complete the following: 

  • Graduate College application
  • Transcripts from all previously attended institutions
  • Current resume/vita
  • Personal goal statement (500 words)
  • Two letters of recommendation



Students enrolled in the Special Education master's program will complete 36 credit hours during the course of their studies. Cost estimates below are calculated based on 2022-2023 rates. Additional cost details and OSU’s tuition and fee estimator are available on the Bursar website.

2022-2023 Estimated Cost
  Resident Non-Resident
Total cost per credit hour 442.35 572.55
Total cost per 3-credit hour course 1,327.05 1,717.65
Total program cost based on 36 hours 15,924.60 20,611.80

* This is only an estimate of cost, based on currently approved 2022-2023 rates. Cost estimates do not include textbooks, exams, or course expenses, nor do they factor in individual transfer credits or scholarship information. Cost will vary if not enrolled in a fully online degree program. Active-duty military may qualify for resident tuition rate. Tuition and fees are subject to change at any time without prior notice. Full disclaimer



Scholarships and Financial Aid


The federal TEACH Grant Program may provide up to $4,000 a year to aid students seeking degrees in high-needs fields and who meet specific eligibility requirements. Students must sign an Agreement to Serve and acknowledge that if the terms are not fulfilled, the grant will be converted to a loan that must be repaid.

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