Special Education professional assisting students in classroom environment


Entirely Online | 30 Credits | 2 Years

You will have the opportunity to specialize in one of two areas:

  • K-12 Instructional Strategist II: Intellectual Disabilities endorsement: Instructional practices for educating K-12 students with significant cognitive disabilities
  • 5-12 Instructional Strategist I: Mild/Moderate endorsement: Instructional practices for educating 5-12 students with mild disabilities

  • Ranked in the top 15% of online master's in education programs in 2023 by U.S. News and World Report 

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As an Online & Distance Education student, you’ll have a dedicated Enrollment Contact and Program Coordinator to assist you with registering for classes, navigating the course sequence and billing process, preparing for graduation and much more.

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Amy Staples

Program Coordinator

Associate Professor, Special Education

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Jamie Anderson

Enrollment Contact


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Delivered Entirely Online

Courses are offered entirely online using Blackboard, a learning management system, and Zoom interactive video conferencing sessions, to be held on Tuesday evenings; these platforms allow students to enhance their learning experience while building a sense of community.

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Our graduates are prepared to:
  • Implement best practices related to designing, implementing and evaluating specially designed instruction for students with disabilities
  • Engage in relevant and meaningful research to inform practice
  • Build professional partnerships and collaborate with special educators across the state of Iowa
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Individualized Support Services

Throughout every step of your program, you'll have a dedicated team of support staff ready to assist you. You'll also have access to UNI services such as:

  • Personalized academic advising
  • Support from Financial Aid, Career Services and Rod Library staff
  • Academic support and tutoring opportunities from the Learning Center
  • Access to student accessibility services and staff
  • Technical support assistance
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Along with the application, students must submit: 

  • applicant statement describing your professional background, motivation for applying, and professional goals
  • three letters of recommendation, addressing your ability to handle graduate level work and past work with individuals with special needs
  • official transcripts, sent directly to the Office of Admissions

Next Steps

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Complete our online information request form. We'll send program updates, important information and application deadlines directly to your inbox!

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Our team of support staff is available to help you throughout your UNI journey.

If you have any questions, contact us at 319-273-7206 or online@uni.edu for assistance!

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Scholarships Available

Online & Distance Education offers scholarships to UNI teaching alumni who enroll in a degree-seeking graduate program at a distance.

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Delivery of this program is contingent on a sufficient number of students being accepted into the program.