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Special Education Program

Master of Arts Degree

GPA: 3.25
GRE: no requirement
Deadline: June 15 & Sept. 15
Additional requirement: Teaching certificate


The Master's in Education, with an option in Special Education, prepares graduates for K-12 teaching positions to serve students with special needs. This program will benefit teachers seeking competence in instructional and positive behavioral strategies for students with learning/behavioral needs. Upon completion of this program, students will be eligible to apply to the Wyoming Professional Teaching Standards Board for an endorsement in K-12 Special Education.

Program Details

The master's degree program is 33 credit hours for a Plan B project or 41 credit hours for a Plan A thesis. All the classes are taught using distance delivery such as video-conferencing, online, intensive weekends, or combinations of delivery methods. This program is designed for licensed teachers to add a Master’s degree to their qualifications. In addition to the degree, successful students can apply for a teaching endorsement in K-12 Special Education from the Wyoming Professional Teaching Standards Board.

Handbook and Master's Activity Options

Are you a current Master's student? See below for information on program policies (in the handbook) and Master's program culminating activity options.

Tuition and Fees

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Note: All courses offered via UW at a Distance.

Additional UW at a Distance course fee: $25/credit.

Please refer to the Cost of Attendance page for details.

>>Click here to learn more about funding opportunities

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How to Apply

There are two application deadlines for this program: June 15 (for Fall semester) and September 15 (for Spring semester).

Step 1: Apply to UW and the School through the online applicant portal

  1. Click here to access the UW graduate applicant portal
  2. After completing the initial information page, you will receive an email from the system including a link and your temporary username and password
  3. Please complete the contact, academic, residency information, etc.
  4. Submit the $50 application fee
  5. Submit ALL required documents to the online document portal (applications with missing documents will not be considered)
    • Required documents for this program application:
      • Special Education application form
      • Upload unofficial copies of transcripts (official copies should be sent to UW Admissions)
      • Three letters of recommendation (use the applicant portal to request your letters)
      • A 3-4 page (double-spaced) professional writing sample (click here to see the rubric), including:
        • A description of your professional goals
        • An explanation of your commitment to Special Education
        • An explanation of your philosophy of education
        • An explanation of how this Special Education program fits your goals
      • A complete and current resume, including:
        • Educational experiences
        • Work experiences
        • Activities/honors
        • Other relevant information
      • Copy of your current Teaching Certificate
      • Signed Memo of Understanding (see Student Handbook above)
      • Agree to admissions terms and submit your application

 Step 2: Submit official copies of transcripts to UW Admissions

  • Official transcripts from all postsecondary institutions should be requested and sent to UW Admissions
    • Address: University of Wyoming Admissions – 1000 E. University Ave. – Laramie, WY 82071


Contact us about graduate education!

Britany Kathan
Office Associate

Dr. Tiffany Hunt
Special Education Program Coordinator

College of Education

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