Aurora University

Special Education (MA or Endorsement)

Why study special education at Aurora University?

The need for educators in this field is growing rapidly. At Aurora University, you have four options for advancing your career.

Master of Arts in Special Education (Main Campus)

The program is designed for candidates who hold an existing teaching license and wish to earn an MA in Special Education that will lead to the Learning Behavior Specialist I (LBS I) Endorsement. Student teaching is not required, but you will complete an internship that will be tailored to broaden your base of experience in the field. You must pass state licensure tests before you begin the final internship experience.

Master of Arts in Special Education with Initial Licensure (Main Campus)

The program is meant for individuals who wish to earn an MA in Special Education with Initial Certification and who have previously earned an undergraduate degree in an education-related field or have professional experience with special needs populations. The program includes a student teaching component.

Special Education Endorsement (Main Campus)

The Special Education Endorsement (LBS I) program is designed for teachers who hold a current Illinois licensure and wish to earn an endorsement in special education. A student teaching or internship experience is not required.

Director of Special Education Endorsement (Main Campus or Woodstock Center)

The program prepares individuals who hold a current Illinois administrative professional educator license for administrative roles in the special education field. Candidates seeking the endorsement must complete all coursework and pass the Director of Special Education Exam #180.

Program quick facts
  • Program length: MA in Special Education (47 semester hours); MA in Special Education with Initial Licensure (53 semester hours); Special Education Endorsement (18 semester hours); Director of Special Education Endorsement (12 semester hours)
  • Average class size: 15 students
  • Program type: Master of Arts (with or without initial licensure) or Endorsement
  • Location Options: Main campus or Woodstock Center
  • Tuition: $470 per semester hour
Program structure
  • If you have a teaching license, you can pursue the MA in Special Education or the Special Education Endorsement. If you have a principal endorsement, you can pursue the Director of Special Education Endorsement.
  • If you do not have a teaching license, you can pursue the MA in Special Education with Initial Licensure.
  • All four programs allow you to continue working full-time.
Experiential learning opportunities

Experiential learning opportunities

The master’s programs include more than 100 hours of clinical experiences and assignments. Students also gain real-world experience through the Aurora University Special Education Clinic. The endorsement programs complement and enhance your daily work in the classroom.

Career opportunities

AU graduates teach in public schools and in therapeutic day schools for students with disabilities. More than 90 percent of students find work in the field immediately after graduation. Others use their newfound expertise to work in other fields, such as human resources.

Prepare for your future

Studying Special Education does more than teach you the skills you need for a successful career, it challenges you to see the world in a new way. Overall, these programs give you the insight and understanding to discover what matters and lead a more fulfilling life.