Our Collaborative Teacher Special Education (K-12) master’s degree prepares students to be advanced teachers who serve students with disabilities at the elementary (K-6) and secondary (6-12) grade levels. Graduates are prepared to work with children and youth who have disabilities and implement evidence-based practices to meet their individual needs. Our program is available online and on campus.

This program is offered on campus and online.


Alternative Degree Overview

Teaching Field Coursework — 21 hours

  • At least 1/3 of program shall be in teaching field courses

Professional Studies Coursework — 18 to 33 hours

  • Clinical Residency Requirement: Passing Score on Praxis II Elementary Bundle (5901), Special Education Core Knowledge and Application (5354), and Foundations of Reading (190); Elementary Bundle can be taken separately as mathematics (5903), science (5905), and social studies (5904)

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Traditional Degree Overview

Coursework — 30 hours

  • At least 1/3 of program shall be in teaching field courses

  • A practicum course is required

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Opportunities for Students

  • Best Buddies — a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment, and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Ready to join the Auburn Family?

Visit Auburn’s Graduate School homepage for checklists, resources, valuable graduate student information and to begin your application. Please contact department faculty listed above with program-specific questions.

Last updated: 01/31/2024