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Special Education


Special Education





$437-$1048 C/H




Curriculum developed and taught by faculty from

Education Psychology

Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education


Become an Education Leader

The University of Oklahoma Master of Education within the Special Education program consists of coursework, field experiences and independent study. These blend theory, research and applied practice that enhances graduate students’ special education knowledge and skills. Those who successfully complete their program of study assume a variety of professional roles including special education teachers, transition specialists, behavior analysts, special education administrators, hospital and other facility educators, and state agency officers.

To obtain the basic Master of Education in Special Education degree, students complete a minimum of 33 degree-applicable non-thesis credit hours. Students complete 15 hours of required and 18 hours of elective courses.

Course sequence:

    Applied Behavior Analysis in School Settings

    Collaboration, Accommodations & Modifications

    Advanced Assessment

    Contemporary Issues/Research

    Special Education Instructional Methods and Programs

    Introduction to Research and Evaluation in Education

    Single Case Research Design



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Admission Deadline:

    September 1

Program Start Terms:

    Fall and Spring  



Lead in Today's World

You will get a first-class education from a college ranked in the top tier of education colleges in the country by U.S. News & World Report. Our experienced OU faculty will guide you through the program with support from professors of practice.


Network Connection

Graduating from the University of Oklahoma connects you to thousands of graduates. With a rich tradition and history of alumni relationships, graduates have opportunities to build a lifelong network with Sooners.



Academic Excellence

OU’s graduate school experience is built on the idea that our world-class faculty are mixed with professors of practice to provide valuable instruction in a high-quality online learning environment.


An Investment in Your Future

Online programs are an investment in each student’s future, and OU makes every effort to see that each qualified candidate is able to attend. Current students use many types of financing to cover their expenses such as Financial Aid. To learn more, please fill out the form above to speak with one of our enrollment counselors.

In-state tuition is $274.30 per credit hour, out-of-state tuition is $885.10 per credit hour. In addition, there are mandatory fees of $163 per credit hour for services provided by the college. 

Program Details

To be considered for admission, students must meet minimum requirements set by the Graduate College.  Graduate students need to have

•   A Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited institution of higher education
•   A 3.0 minimum undergraduate grade point average. Students may be conditionally admitted with an undergraduate GPA between 2.75 and 2.99.

If GPA is below 3.0, applicants need to discuss in the application personal statement (essay) reasons for their low GPA and explain why these issues will no longer be a concern.


Required Application Materials
Applicants will need to provide official transcripts, pay an application fee, and submit the following required information during the on-line application process.

        ·         Personal statement
        ·         Contact information for three recommendations
        ·         Original transcripts
        ·         Resume

Application Information
For additional information or assistance in applying applicants may call the College of Education Graduate Programs Support Office at 405-325-4525 or send an email to

The admissions committee operates under a rolling admission process, and admissions may continue until two weeks before the start of classes. The committee strives to respond to all applicants within two weeks from the time a completed application is submitted.

For more information on the admissions process, please complete the contact form above and an admissions counselor will be in touch shortly.

If you would like to compare the estimated cost of your program with a typical financial aid package, use the cost calculator on our OU Online financial aid page. 

In general, University Tuition Waivers cannot be applied to OU Online programs or courses. This includes, but is not limited to, Graduate Assistant Tuition Waivers and faculty/staff waivers. 

If you have questions regarding financial aid for your online program, please contact the Online Aid office by emailing or calling at 405-325-2929.

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Program Contacts:


Maegan Hennessey
Associate Professor and Department Chair