American University

Master of Arts in Special Education: Learning Disabilities


4400 Massachusetts Avenue Northwest

Washington, DC 20016

United States

Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Master of Arts in Special Education: Learning Disabilities

Format: Online

Program Description:

Educational institutions need talented special education professionals to provide guidance to students with special needs, because all students can achieve outstanding success—with proper and effective direction. American University’s online master of arts in special education prepares individuals for meaningful careers in special education, helping them to become driven educators who fully comprehend how to support those with learning challenges and empower them to accomplish their educational goals. With the special education program’s in-depth focus on students with learning disabilities, faculty members train passionate future teachers to become the types of educators who have the flexibility, creativity, and broad pedagogical grounding to turn learning differences into learning strengths.

Through a blend of clinical training that incorporates art and play to achieve learning outcomes, students learn evidence-based instructional approaches to support children, adolescents, and adults with language-based learning disabilities. After earning a master’s in special education from American University, our graduates are well equipped to apply their knowledge of neurodevelopment and their multifaceted approaches and skills to benefit all learners. In partnership with the Lab School of Washington, students in our online program hone the ability to provide multisensory, hands-on instruction that helps all students flourish.

American University’s online master’s in special education program is solidly grounded in data-driven methods of teaching with an eye toward making sure that our alumni can draw out the strengths of learners with a wide variety of needs and preferences. Graduate students in the program learn how to assess students’ individual strengths and weaknesses based on their understanding of language, cognition, motor, and social development.

The 32 credit hours required to graduate with a master of arts in special education include courses such as Theories and Methods in Diagnostic and Prescriptive Mathematics, Learning and the Brain, and Foundations of Reading: Diagnosis and Remediation.



Accredited locally by DC-based OSSE and nationally by CAEP

International Student Requirements:

A program cost guide for international students is available on the International Student & Scholar Services website.

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: Yes

# of Credits Required: 32 Credit Hours; At least six credit hours must come from a hands-on student teaching experience or other internship where students can apply the practices and theoretical frameworks they’ve studied in the classroom.

Average Cost per Credit (Graduate): $1,642 USD

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive

Locale: Large City

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