Learn the diverse set of skills and knowledge you need to teach students with special needs and expand your career options in as few as two years with the University of Mary’s flexible online Master of Education, Special Education Strategist program.

Our Master of Education, Special Education Strategist program combines the latest research with practical experience and is taught by seasoned teachers, experienced administrators, and academic leaders, in order to prepare you for an exciting and rewarding career in Special Education.

At a Glance

Percentage of public school students served by special education educators in 2017-2018

Program Length

2 years


  • Online
  • Blended
  • Classes on our main campus in Bismarck, ND

Cost per Credit


Is This the Degree For Me?

Who It’s For

Teachers interested in a career in special education

Career Paths

  • Special Education Teacher
  • Special Education Strategist
  • Special Education Curriculum Specialist

What You’ll Learn

  • Gain hands-on experience while working with expert faculty and seasoned, practicing teachers and administrators.
  • Incorporate knowledge from skilled practitioners in your field.
  • Develop a robust professional network while learning within a community of peers.


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    Education Standards and Practices Board (ESPB)

    The graduate programs in Education at the University of Mary are accredited by the state of North Dakota’s Education Standards and Practices Board (ESPB; 2013). The graduate Education programs are slated to meet all Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) Advanced standards newly adopted by ND ESPB by our next accreditation visit in Spring 2021.

Program Details

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution
  • Undergraduate GPA of 2.5 overall
    • OR 2.75 in the last two years of your undergraduate degree
    • OR 3.0 in your undergraduate major
  • Students interested in obtaining an education licensure or endorsement should check with their own state Department of Education for information about licensure and/or endorsement requirements before contacting the university in order to determine what additional coursework may be needed. 
  • Please mail your official transcripts and the following items to the University of Mary at
    • Office of Graduate Admissions
      University of Mary
      7500 University Drive
      Bismarck, ND 58504
    • Did you graduate from the University of Mary? We’ll request your transcript for you! Contact us today to learn more!
    • Completed application (to include goal statement)
    • Current teacher education licensure (unless seeking licensure)
    • Two letters of reference
    • Resume identifying applicable professional education experience
    • Application fee

For a list of courses for this program, visit the catalog.

  • Online
  • Blended
  • Classes on our main campus in Bismarck, ND
  • Tuition: $540 per credit
  • Application fee: $45
  • Technology/Distance Ed fee: $30 per credit
  • Security/Cybersecurity fee: $5 per credit
  • Parking fee (evening class participants only): $25 per semester

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