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Special Education Generalist Master's or Endorsement – Courses & Requirements

Designed for the schedule of a working professional

This program leads to preparation for the Special Education Generalist endorsement (you will be prepared to take the appropriate Praxis assessment). You can choose the endorsement-only option (27 credit hours) or the master's degree (33 credit hours). Master's degree students have eligibility for federal financial aid and the benefits of master's degree completion for their career.

  • Content coursework is completed in two years, and most online program students will complete their practicum in the following semester.
  • If you are not a licensed teacher, you may need to take an additional course (3 credits) to work toward obtaining your teaching licensure. Contact a Program Coordinator for details.

Required Courses (27-33 Credit Hours)

To see a typical list of courses per term, visit the Current Program Students page.

Master's degree students will take all courses below. Endorsement-only students will take all courses except for the two courses marked with "** MA-only.

EDSE 510 Foundations of Special Education (3)

EDSE 511 Learning Environments and Cultural Considerations (3) ** MA-only

EDSE 512 Assessment, IEP Development and Instructional Planning (3)

EDSE 613 Applied Assessment (3)

EDSE 614 Behavioral Interventions (3)

EDSE 616 Scientifically Based Literacy Interventions (3)

EDSE 617 Mathematics and Content Area Learning for Students with Disabilities (3)

EDSE 618 Educating Students with Significant Support Needs (3)

EDSE 619 Secondary Services (3)

EDSE 693 Practicum in Special Education (3)

SRM 600 Introduction to Graduate Research (3) ** MA-only


For full details, see the official program listings in the UNC Graduate Catalog:

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Credits Required:
Endorsement: 27
Master's: 33 (may vary if you need teacher licensure)
Time to Completion:
2 years + practicum experience
$520/credit hour

Delivery Option:

Program Coordinator:

Dr. Lewis Jackson