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Online Special Education Graduate Programs

Advance Your Career in Special Education

The University of Maine’s online Special Education degrees and certificates prepare you to provide high-quality education to all students’ unique learning challenges. You’ll learn how to use evidence-based practices and instructional strategies to address the complex educational needs of individuals with disabilities. By understanding how to apply best practices, you can provide those with special needs the proper attention, assistance, and intervention to help them succeed.

Our master’s programs meet the requirements for Maine state certification. Note: students will need a passing score on Praxis II in Special Education. Specific information regarding certification is available through the Maine Department of Education.

Why UMaine?

  • Earn your degree or certificate from anywhere. Our programs are 100% online so you can learn when you want, wherever you are.
  • Learn from experienced faculty who are leaders in their field. Our faculty understand the challenges of special education professionals and conduct research in the areas they teach.
  • Same high-quality education as on-campus. Courses are designed and taught by on-campus faculty who are passionate about online teaching at Maine’s only public research university.
  • Develop skills to collaborate effectively. You will work with co-teachers, families, and other service providers and advance your connections within the field.
  • Experience multiple perspectives. We use case studies, simulations, and reflective exercises to prepare you for diverse settings.

Certificate Programs

Certificates help you develop new skills and stay competitive in as little as 9-15 credits. Some certificates can serve as a stepping stone to an M.Ed.


Graduate Degrees

Learn to work with individuals with disabilities in a variety of settings. Four concentrations allow you to gain skills and expertise in areas that will most benefit you and your practice.

Contact Us

Have questions about earning your certificate, M.Ed. or Ed.S. in Special Education online with UMaine? Contact Amanda Cupps, UMaineOnline Advisor, at 207.581.5858 or at umaineonline@maine.edu.

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