Special Education (M.Ed./M.S.)

The online M.Ed. program is 36 credit hours and takes two years to complete.

What do I do with this degree?

  • Develop experience in Autism and single case research.
  • Be prepared to implement academic and behavioral interventions and programming.
  • Complete coursework toward the BCBA.
  • Become competitive for doctoral level admissions and funding.
  • Gain advanced skills and marketability.

Who Should Apply?

The SPED Distance Master’s program is intended for individuals with a solid background in education, behavior, disability, or related fields. A teaching certificate is not required, but teaching or clinical experience working with individuals with disabilities is highly desirable. We are also seeking individuals with a commitment to work in the field or pursue additional graduate training after receiving a degree. Additionally, our program works best for professionals who are self-motivated and can manage the rigor of a 36 credit hour, two-year fully online master’s program. Successful graduates of our program have been general educators, special educators, behavior coaches, administrators, counselors, and therapists.

Strong applicants are those who have:                                                                      

  • Significant work with persons with disabilities
  • Significant work with culturally and linguistically diverse groups
  • Interest and/or experience in behavior analysis

When and How to Apply

Click here to find out more about the application process. The application deadline is February 15th. Only completed applications move to review by the Master's Program Committee. You should receive an email notifying you of a completed application. Notices to applicants occur in April and May.

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Why Special Education at Texas A&M University?


U.S. News and World Report's Best Grad Schools ranks our graduate program among the best in the nation. Click here to visit U.S. News and World Report


TAMU is a "best-value" for your educational dollar by U.S. News and World Report. Click here to visit U.S. News and World Report


You will learn from well-known scholars and practitioners in special education.


Develop your expertise in Autism and single case research. We emphasize academic and behavioral interventions, positive behavior supports, and prevention programming.  As well as bilingual special education,  literacy and reading, and transition.


Faculty earn certification and take training in online instruction.


Our course design and use of technology are top-notch. National reviews by Quality Matters (c) are a component of our programming.  Instructional Technology Services


Our coursework teaches scientifically-supported interventions, assessments, and practices.


We include issues educational disparity in our course work.

Competitive Edge

Our pass rates for ABA certification are in the top 10% of the country for distance programs.

Applied Behavior Analysis Option

The Behavior Analyst Certification Board, Inc.® has approved the coursework requirements. Graduates are eligible for Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA)® examination. The BACB® has also approved the practicum sequence. These experiences quality for the BCBA® exam. Please see the BACB® website for more information bacb.com. The ABA option includes:

  • 18 credit hours online
  • Asynchronous and synchronous course formats
  • Preparation for the BCBA exam

Learn more about the ABA certificate

Distance or Online Courses

Online instruction does not mean independent study.  Our program provides quality instruction and rewarding learning experiences. We offer courses that incorporate peer collaborations and personal interactions with professors. Classes meet in both synchronous (real-time) and asynchronous (on-demand). The two-year program starts each summer in June.