Special Education, M.A. with Concentration in Transition and Accessibility Services in Postsecondary Settings (Online)

Strength-based approaches for transition and accessibility services

The graduate program in special education with a concentration in transition and accessibility services in postsecondary settings is designed to meet the professional needs of accessibility coordinators, disability service professionals, transition coordinators, and educators supporting postsecondary transition planning.

The format of this program is fully online, synchronous, with weekly contact and interaction with colleagues and instructors.

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Program Outcomes

  • Learn evidence-based practices to address the needs of growing populations of students with disabilities in post-secondary education environments.
  • Develop equitable teaching practices that support the learning of all students.
  • Complete and collaborate in on-line synchronous learning experiences that connect theory with practice.


The Special Education MA program with a Concentration in Transition and Accessibility in Postsecondary Settings is designed with the working professional in mind. Courses are offered in fully online, real-time synchronous format and typically begin at or after 4 p.m.

Acceptance Requirements

  1. Graduate admission application and nonrefundable admission fee
  2. A conferred bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution
  3. A minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.5
  4. Two sealed official transcripts of all undergraduate work with an unofficial transcript of any prior graduate work
  5. Two letters of recommendation
  6. Letter of intent describing relevant experience and goals for participation in the program

Exit Requirements

Students must complete a capstone project, embedded in the final course in the program, to meet the university Master of Arts requirement.

Required Courses:

  • SPEC 527 – Foundations of Disability Law for Post-Secondary Accessibility and Advocacy
  • SPEC 529 – Promoting Student Self-Determination for Advocacy
  • SPEC 528 – Assessment for Accessibility and Advocacy
  • SPEC 523 – Introduction to Transition Planning
  • SPEC 560 – Autism and Neurodiverse Learners 
  • SPEC 541 – Effective Systems of Support  
  • SPEC 539 – Universal Design for Learning 
  • SPEC 505 – Assistive Technology for Access to the Curriculum 
  • SPEC 530 – Research in Special Education 
  • SPEC 596 – Practicum


Andrea “Penny” Spencer, Ph.D.
Director of Off-Campus Programs
[email protected]

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