Accelerated Bachelor's-to-Master's in Special Education

Trevor Collie teaches in Lewisville ISD

Save time AND money in the Accelerated BS in Education (EC-6 Core Subjects) with Special Education Emphasis / MEd in Special Education program. Save at least a year and $2,200, and immediately earn a higher salary upon graduating. 

Begin your career at a higher pay scale than your peers with both a Bachelor of Science in Education and a Master of Education in Special Education (100% online coursework). Graduate profession-ready and prepared to be fully certified as a special education teacher.

Schools across Texas are in desperate need of special education teachers — so much so that many now offer stipends and bonuses to recruit more special education teachers. Some Texas teachers may even be eligible for student loan forgiveness. 

Bachelor of Science in Education

Earn a Bachelor of Science in Education, specializing in EC-6 Core Subjects with Special Education. Become an elementary teacher who can teach all subjects in early childhood through sixth grade as well as students with disabilities.

Master of Education in Special Education

The MEd in Special Education offers 100% online coursework focusing on interventions.

What students and graduates are saying...

At TWU, I've had amazing professors show me the type of teacher I want to be. They taught me content I need to teach my future students, and showed me compassion and understanding. They went out of their way to help me. I will make sure that my students know I will always be rooting for them - the same way I know my professors are rooting for me. Elizabeth Araiza, EC-6, Bilingual Education, Class of 2021

TWU gave me a sense of community and direction. I went beyond what I thought I was capable of accomplishing thanks to TWU. It shaped me into an educator who understands how important culture and differentiation is to student success and the importance of diversity and inclusion of culture and languages in the classroom. Jessica Hoyos, Teacher at Lewisville High School Harmon

These programs have created and maintained my solid foundation as a teacher. They prepared me for responsibilities I face daily in education. The faculty’s dedication is second to none and they truly want to help students be successful now and in the future. Jennifer Reid, Special Education Teacher

A great thing about the MEd in special education at TWU is that you don’t need to physically be there at all. Online fit my schedule, but I still felt on campus because of professional, resourceful, empathetic faculty always ready to help. I had a great experience and I’m so prepared for my next step. Ali Alenizi, International student


Randa Keeley, PhD
Associate Professor 

Admission Requirements

Admission to the M.Ed. or Ph.D. in Special Education

Program Contacts

Ph.D. in Special Education

Randa Keeley, Ph.D
Associate Professor of Special Education
(940) 898-2278

M.Ed. in Special Education seeking Educational Diagnostician Certification

Maria Peterson, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Special Education
(940) 898-2267

M.Ed. in Special Education

Minkowan Goo, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Special Education
(940) 898-2047

Application Deadlines

Fall – August 1
Spring – December 1
Summer – May 1

Admission Requirements

  • Minimum 3.0 GPA on the last 60 hours of study
  • Resume/CV (Uploaded to graduate application)
  • 2 letters of recommendation for M.Ed. or 3 letters of recommendation for Ph.D. addressing applicant's academic capabilities and suitability for the degree program (Name, email, and phone number for recommenders entered into graduate application. Required for Summer and Fall 2024 applicants only.)
  • Statement of Intent (Uploaded to the graduate application.)
  • Valid teaching certificate (M.Ed. and Post-master's Diagnostician programs only.)
  • Teaching Service Record (M.Ed. and Post Master's Diagnostician programs only)
  • Writing Sample - PhD only
  • Interview - PhD only

Note: Summer 2024 and Fall 2024 applicants to the Diagnostician programs will submit copies of teaching certificate and teaching service record to the program director via email at the address shown above. Beginning with Spring 2025 applicants the teaching certificate and teaching service record will be uploaded to the graduate application.

For additional information about the program, please see the Department of Teacher Education. For additional information about obtaining educator certification for candidates who already have a bachelor’s degree, please contact TWU’s Office of Educator Preparation Services and visit the Master of Arts in Teaching and Post-Baccalaureate Initial Teaching Certification websites.

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