• 100%
    Online Coursework
  • 2 - 2 1/2 years
    Duration of Program
  • 33-36
    Credit Hours

About the Program

The OU Masters Degree in Special Education prepares students at the graduate level for leadership roles that more effectively meet the needs of all individuals with disabilities.

The Special Education Program in the Department of Educational Psychology now offers a fully online Master’s Degree in Special Education through the online Janux platform. This 33-36 credit hour master’s program enables graduate students to complete courses online and specialize in either Applied Behavior Analysis or Secondary Transition Services. Students will experience innovative online teaching strategies including collaborative learning, problem-based tasks, excellent videos, and universal design components to meaningfully support graduate student success.

Coursework, field experiences, and independent study blend together theory, research, and applied practice to enhance students’ knowledge and skills. Our graduates assume a variety of professional positions including Special Education teachers, transition coordinators, behavior analysts, Special Education administrators, and positions in community and state agencies. An increasing number of general education teachers are obtaining a Master's Degree in Special Education to enable them to better educate all students.

Curriculum

Students may apply to begin coursework Fall, Spring, or Summer semesters. We recommend students begin the program in the Fall to take advantage of the best course sequencing. Students who enroll in 6-9 hours per semester can finish the degree in as little as two years. Students need to meet annually with their faculty advisor to plan course enrollment, discuss progress, or other program issues. Although not required of the master’s program in general, students are highly encouraged to come to campus for graduate orientation (offered in August immediately preceding the beginning of the Fall semester) and graduation.

Listed below are the required courses, and those for the Applied Behavior Analysis and Secondary Transition Education Emphasis Areas.

Required M.Ed. Courses

Applied Behavior Analysis in School (ABA 1) (Fall Semesters)
EDSP 5143
Applied Behavior Analysis in School (ABA 1) (Fall Semesters)
Collaboration, Accommodations, and Modifications (Fall Semesters)
EDSP 5163
Collaboration, Accommodations, and Modifications (Fall Semesters)
Advanced Assessment (Spring Semesters)
EDSP 5183
Advanced Assessment (Spring Semesters)
Contemporary Issues/Research (Spring Semesters)
EDSP 6123
Contemporary Issues/Research (Spring Semesters)
Introduction to Research and Evaluation in Education (Fall Semesters & Even Summers)
EIPT 5033
Introduction to Research and Evaluation in Education (Fall Semesters & Even Summers)

Applied Behavior Analysis Emphasis Area Courses

Applied Behavior Analysis II (Spring Semesters)
EDSP 5153
Applied Behavior Analysis II (Spring Semesters)
Small-N Research Designs (Spring Semesters)
EDSP 6023
Small-N Research Designs (Spring Semesters)
Issues & Strategies in Functional Curriculum (Summer Semester)
EDSP 5063
Issues & Strategies in Functional Curriculum (Summer Semester)
Academic Strategies for Struggling Students (Summer Semester)
EDSP 5013
Academic Strategies for Struggling Students (Summer Semester)
Applied Behavior Analysis II (Fall Semesters)
RS 6213
Applied Behavior Analysis II (Fall Semesters)
Ethics for Behavior Analysis (Summer Semester)
RS 6283
Ethics for Behavior Analysis (Summer Semester)

Secondary Transition Education Emphasis Area Courses

Transition and Self-Determination (Fall Semester)
EDSP 5093
Transition and Self-Determination (Fall Semester)
Postsecondary Education and Employment (Spring Semester)
EDSP 5193
Postsecondary Education and Employment (Spring Semester)
Transition-Based Assessment (Fall Semester)
EDSP 5293
Transition-Based Assessment (Fall Semester)
Transition Practicum (Spring Semester)
EDSP 5393
Transition Practicum (Spring Semester)
Working with Diverse Students with Disabilities (Summer Semester)
S WK 5170
Working with Diverse Students with Disabilities (Summer Semester)
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Meet the Faculty

  • Joyce Brandes, Ph.D.

    Joyce Brandes, Ph.D.

    Associate Professor, Special Education

  • James E Gardner, Ph.D.

    James E Gardner, Ph.D.

    Professor, Special Education

  • Nancy Marchand-Martella, Ph.D.

    Nancy Marchand-Martella, Ph.D.

    Professor and Chair, Special Education/Educational Psychology

  • Ronald Martella, Ph.D

    Ronald Martella, Ph.D

    Professor, Special Education

  • James Martin, Ph.D.

    James Martin, Ph.D.

    Zarrow Family Professor and Zarrow Center Director

  • Kendra Williams-Diehm, Ph.D.

    Kendra Williams-Diehm, Ph.D.

    Associate Professor and Program Area Coordinator

Teaching Associates

  • Amber McConnell, Ph.D.

    Amber McConnell, Ph.D.

    Zarrow Center Assistant Director for Academic Enrichment and Research Associate

  • Jacob Singer, M.Ed.

    Jacob Singer, M.Ed.

    Lead Behavior Analyst, OU Health Sciences Center

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Graduate students at the University of Oklahoma are students who have earned at least a Baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited university and plan to pursue an advanced degree or a Graduate Certificate. Please refer to the Application Checklist to learn about the application process and then click Apply Now to get started.

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  • A 3.0 minimum undergraduate grade point average
  • A personal statement
  • Contact information for three recommenders who will submit letters of recommendation
  • Official copies of all transcripts
  • Vita/Resume
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Have a question?

For questions related to the application process or financial aid, please email the graduate programs officer: edpsych@ou.edu

For general masters degree questions, please email Dr. Jim Gardner: jgardner@ou.edu

For questions related to the Applied Behavior Analysis sequence, please email Dr. Ron Martella: rcmartella@ou.edu or Dr. Kendra Williams-Diehm; klwd@ou.edu

For questions related to the Secondary Transition sequence, please email Dr. Kendra Williams-Diehm klwd@ou.edu or Dr. Jim Martin jemartin@ou.edu