Earn a Master of Arts in Education with a focus on special education

To start classes this fall, turn in your application by July 15, 2021.

Master's in Special Education Program

Marian University's Master of Arts in Special Education program prepares graduates to teach and assist students who have special needs academically, socially, and behaviorally. This program is offered through Klipsch Educators College, which offers benefits such as the opportunity for scholarships and financial aid. The special education program is 36-credit hours and can be completed full-time or part-time.

In Marian University's M.A. in Special Education program, you acquire the advanced knowledge and skills needed to ensure students in P-12 school settings have successful outcomes. Upon completion of our program, graduates are prepared to work with children who have exceptional needs that require educational interventions in reading, math, and written expression, as well as mild behavioral interventions across a spectrum of disabilities.

Special education curriculum

Marian University's M.A. in Special Education curriculum meets the Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) requirements and its Rules for Educator Preparation and Accountability (REPA) standards for exceptional needs teachers. Courses in this program include Assessment of Children with Exceptional Needs, Teaching Reading Pre K-Elementary, and Instruction with Assistive Technology. There is also an internship offered for students to gain knowledge of classroom management and instruction on their way to becoming a special education teacher.

Marian's curriculum is designed to ensure you:

  • Participate in courses and field experiences that encompass high-incidence disabilities.
  • Design programming that includes systemic, focused instruction that is individualized and collaborative in a range of school settings.
  • Select and implement intense interventions to remediate academic, social, and behavioral deficits in children.
  • Collaborate with general education teachers to create inclusive classrooms with positive academic outcomes.
  • Understand how to intercede effectively when behavior negatively impacts the academic and social well-being of a student or a group of students.

Special education careers

Licensed special education teachers work in public and private schools with elementary, middle, and high school students. Graduates of this program may also work as tutors, teachers, administrators, and educational consultants at nonprofit and social service agencies, mental health facilities, and therapeutic residential facilities.

This degree is perfect for those looking to make a difference with children in a variety of different grades.

When do classes start?

Semester Application Deadline File Completion Deadline Courses Begin
Fall 2021 August 1, 2021 August 10, 2021 August 23, 2021

What is the application and admission process?

Quick checklist

  • Complete our online application. Be sure to select "Master of Arts in Teaching."
  • Official transcripts from EVERY college or university that you have attended
  • Basic academic skills proficiency: Applicants are not required to earn a minimum score for admission. ALL applications will be considered.
    • ACT
    • SAT
    • GRE
    • Praxis I: Pre-Professional Skills Test
    • Earned Master’s degree with Official Transcript
  • Current resume
  • Recommendation forms are available via the application portal
  • Personal statement
  • Background check
  • Non-refundable $50 application fee
  • Complete interview
  • Read the Marian University Code of Student Rights and Responsibilities

All admission documents must be received at least two weeks before start of each semester.

  • Apply online at marian.edu/apply. Click on the drop down menu for "Graduate Students," then select click on the "Apply Now" button under "Master of Arts in Teaching." 
  • Upload a copy of your current resume with your online application.
  • A personal statement or essay (maximum 500 words) should be submitted with online application. It should:
    • Explain your interest in becoming a teacher.
    • Outline your professional goals.
    • Describe your interest in a culture and/or language different from your own.
    • Reflect on your own learning experiences.
  • Request an official transcript from every college or university that you have previously attended. NOTE: If you transferred credits or completed a study-abroad program, you must send a transcript from the institution(s) from which the credits were transferred and/or awarded.
  • Your transcripts should be sent directly to us. Once we receive your transcripts, they become the property of Marian University and cannot be returned to you.
  • Two of your professional references should be uploaded to your application portal. Recommendations from family members will not be accepted.
  • Obtain a limited criminal history background report from the Indiana State Police at https://www.in.gov/inkless. Your criminal history background report should be sent to us via U.S. mail or emailed as an attachment. 
  • If you earned your bachelor's degree from a college or university outside the U.S, a transcript evaluation completed by World Education Services (WES), an international credential evaluation service. You must also provide Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores. Both WES and TOEFL results can be emailed to us.
  • Pay the required, non-refundable $50 online application fee.
  • Thoroughly review the Marian University Code of Student Rights and Responsibilities. As an accepted student, you are expected to abide by the code outlined in this document.

Where should you send your application documents?

Send your required application documents:

Office of Graduate Admission
Marian University
3200 Cold Spring Road
Indianapolis, IN  46222-1997


What are the tuition rates?

Please visit the Business Office "Tuition Rates" page. Credit hours vary based on the program and anticipated licensure area. Degree programs are a minimum of 36 credit hours. Licensure-only programs are approximately 21 credit hours.

Cost DOES NOT include the $50 application fee, rental of cap and gown for graduation, costs for purchasing textbooks, and other university fees.

Completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the first step toward getting federal and state aid for your graduate studies.

Learn more about Marian’s master's in special education program!

Marian University’s Master of Arts in Special Education provides students with the tools they need to become special education teachers. Interested in learning more about this opportunity? Request information today or contact Ixchel Venegas-Boggess at ivenegas@marian.edu.

For admissions information

College of Graduate and Online Programs
(317) 955-6​400

For program specifics

Ixchel (Chelly) Venegas-Boggess
Coordinator of Graduate Student Support
Klipsch Educators College
(317) 955-6698

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