George Mason University

Online Degree and Certificates in Special Education


Special Education Master’s Degree’s and Certificates – 100% Online

The Special Education Master’s and graduate certificate programs at George Mason University provide you with the skills needed to successfully help people with disabilities reach their potential. The programs are rooted in evidence-based and research-based practices, which lead to success in a wide variety of settings including schools, private practice, agencies, and even home environments.

Online Master’s Degrees in Special Education

The online master’s degree in special education prepares classroom educators, and individuals working in a special education context outside of the classroom, with the specialized skills and content knowledge needed to support individuals with disabilities.

Becoming an expert practitioner through advanced training enhances your employability and opens the door for new opportunities.

Available programs and specializations include:

  • Master’s in Special Education
  • Master’s in Special Education specializing in Applied Behavior Analysis
  • Master’s in Special Education specializing in Autism Spectrum Disorder

Online Certificates in Special Education

Applied Behavior Analysis Certificate

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is a discipline devoted to understanding all human behavior and making behavioral improvements through the application of empirically validated, scientific methodology to real-world problems and solutions.

The Applied Behavior Analysis online graduate certificate is markedly different from the Autism Spectrum Disorders program; its application isn’t limited to special education or people who have disabilities – though it often is used for those purposes.

Autism Spectrum Disorder Certificate

This part-time online program prepares professionals and family members to work with children and adults with autism spectrum disorders in school, home and community settings. The emphasis on working with individuals with autism across their lifespans makes this program unique.

Most programs have an emphasis on school-age children with autism – but this program has a broader range of application with a focus that expands to adolescence, transition to adulthood, adulthood, and aging.

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Why Choose George Mason University?

  • Led by distinguished faculty with extensive research and practice backgrounds
  • Flexible and accessible online delivery format
  • Outcome based program through evidence-based learning
  • Competitive price point for tuition

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