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Online Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction with a Special Education Leadership Concentration

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Total Credit Hours
30

Cost Per Credit Hour
$374

Total Credit Hours
30

Cost Per Credit Hour
$374

Lead Those Who Serve and Teach Children with Special Needs

LSU Shreveport

The online Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction: Special Education (SPED) Leadership concentration offered by LSU Shreveport is designed to help students prepare how to transition into school leaders whose work and purpose are to provide support to 12-15% of the student population identified as having special needs or in need of Special Education services. The coursework will prepare educators to better serve that student population in the most effective, efficient, ethical, and legally compliant manner. Non-degree seeking students can take courses in this program to enhance post-graduate knowledge.


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CAEP Accredited

This program meets rigorous national standards set by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation.

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TEACH Grant Eligible

Qualified applicants in certain programs may meet the requirements for the TEACH Grant.

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Learn From Industry Experts

Get valuable insights from our award-winning faculty who are practitioners in the SPED field.

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Develop a Teaching Portfolio

In this program, you will create an e-portfolio that showcases the work completed in the program.


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Cost Online Master in Special Education Leadership

The MEd in Curriculum & Instruction – Special Education Leader online program offers affordable, pay-by-the-course tuition. All fees are included in the total tuition.

Total credit hours per program: 30 credit hours

Cost per credit hour: $374

Total cost with fees: $11,203.10*

*Cost per credit hour and fees are subject to change. Exact fees may vary by program. Please consult an Enrollment Coach for the final program cost.

Course Listings Online Master in Special Education Leadership

Students in the MEd in Curriculum & Instruction – Special Education Leader online program must complete 30 credit hours of course work, including four foundation courses (12 credit hours), and six specialization courses (18 credit hours).

Foundation Courses

Students must complete the following courses.

Foundation: 4 courses Credit Hours
EDL 740: Introduction to Graduate Research 3
ED 789: Educational Technology Research, Evaluation and Assessment 3
EDL 700: Creating a Professional Learning Community 3
EDL 707: Utilizing Data for School Improvement 3
Total Required Credit Hours 12

Specialization Courses

Students must complete the following courses.

Specialization: 6 courses Credit Hours
EDL 701: Leading with Vision 3
EDL 710: Leading Instruction and Assessment 3
EDL 712: Facilitating Human Resource Development and Empowerment 3
SPED 700: Applied Behavior Analysis in Education 3
SPED 701: Legal and Ethical Issues in Special Education 3
SPED 702: Administration and Supervision of Special Education 3
Total Required Credit Hours 18

Admission Requirements Online Master in Special Education Leadership

Take the first step toward earning your degree and reaching a new milestone in your education. We've simplified the process so you can get started quickly and easily. Students interested in the MEd in Curriculum & Instruction – Special Education Leader online program must meet the following requirements for admission.

Program Requirements:

  • Submit graduate application and $20 application fee
  • Graduate degree from an accredited university, OR
  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited university, with minimum 2.5 overall GPA or minimum 2.75 GPA in last 60 semester hours of courses
  • Official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended and any other required official documents
  • The LSUS MEDCI programs do not require GRE or GMAT scores

Official transcripts, official test scores, and other materials that come from third-party sources should be mailed to:

LSUS
Admissions and Records Office
One University Place
Shreveport, LA 71115

Transcripts may also be submitted via secure means—e.g., eSCRIP-SAFE—to admissions@lsus.edu.

**This degree does not lead to any additional certification, if the graduate does not already possess a teaching certificate.

To be considered for admission to any of our graduate programs, students must first meet the LSUS Graduate School admission requirements.


Graduate School Admission:

Unconditional Admission: For unconditional admission to graduate study, students must be in satisfactory standing at the last institution attended and meet all admission requirements of a degree program and one of the following:

Earned a graduate degree from a regionally accredited university, OR

Earned a bachelor's degree from an accredited university, with minimum 2.5 overall GPA or minimum 2.75 GPA in the last 60 semester hours of courses.

A minimum 3.0 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) is required on any graduate work attempted with no grades of D or F.

International Admission:

International applicants must meet regular admission requirements for their selected program. In addition, you may be required to submit additional information. Learn more about international admission requirements.

Career Opportunities Online Master in Special Education Leadership

  • Instructional Coach for Special Education
  • Special Education Department Chair
  • Special Education Team Leader
  • Director (or Executive Director) of Special Education
  • Director (or Executive Director) of Federal Programs

Accreditation Online Master in Special Education Leadership

The teacher education programs at Louisiana State University Shreveport meet rigorous national standards for educator preparation set by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation.

What Will I Learn? Online Master in Special Education Leadership

Students in the Special Education Leadership program will deepen their understanding and knowledge relevant to the special education environment.

Students in the program can expect to learn about:

  • Best instructional practices in educating children who have qualified for special education services.
  • Skills to more effectively engage with the parents and caretakers of those children.
  • Strategies by which to more effectively lead the educators who serve those children in the school setting.
  • Law and policy that directly relate to the ethical and appropriate deployment of special education services.

*The MEDCI master's degree does not lead to a teaching certification but can lead to an endorsement if you are already a certified teacher.

Why Choose This Program? Online Master in Special Education Leadership

  • The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts "good to excellent" job opportunities for teachers over the next 10 years
  • CareerBuilder® says elementary school teachers with master's degrees earn starting salaries 32% higher than teachers with a bachelor's
  • "The most rewarding opportunities will be offered to master's-educated teachers with the in-demand skills this program offers." - (University official)