Exceptional Child

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Exceptional Child

Master of Education



The M.Ed. Exceptional Child program is designed for classroom teachers who hold elementary, secondary, or special education certification and wish to gain further expertise and/or become certified to teach exceptional children.



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this 37-credit program in 22 months.
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M.Ed., Exceptional Child

NNU's Master of Education degree in Exceptional Child program is designed for classroom teachers who hold elementary, secondary, or special education certification and wish to gain further expertise and/or become certified to teach exceptional children. Additional training in aspects of regular education that are important to teaching students with exceptionalities is part of the program. The internship has two options: one option is for educators currently teaching in the classroom for exceptional children; and one option is for others who are not currently teaching exceptional children. It is a fully online program which includes a practicum experience in teaching children with special needs.

Program Design

Completion of this program qualifies the graduate for recommendation to the State of Idaho for a teaching endorsement in special education, and with additional requirements, the option for additional endorsement in Teacher Leader—Special Education. Individuals should check for specific requirements for certification in other states.

Designed to fit the schedule of a working professional, NNU’s M.Ed. in Exceptional Child allows the educator to complete a master’s degree while teaching full time. The online program utilizes set courses which allow students to plan their schedules ahead of time. Degree completion takes approximately 18-22 months, including the nine-month internship.

Accessible professors and staff allow for support in each course. Your professors at NNU are educational leaders themselves and provide you with the knowledge you need to succeed.

To be recommended to the State of Idaho for a K-12 Exceptional Child Generalist certification on an Idaho Teaching Certificate, candidates must:

  • Successfully complete M.Ed. Exceptional Child program
  • Earn a passing score on the Idaho Comprehensive Literacy Assessment
  • Earn a passing score on the required PRAXIS II tests for special education
  • Successfully complete the ProEthica Foundations program

It is the candidate's responsibility to submit the appropriate paperwork and fees to the Idaho State Department of Education to obtain certifications and endorsements in Idaho. Current forms and information are available from the ISDE website. Candidates should check the Internet and other sources for specific requirements for certification in other states.

Program Start Dates

Classes begin every 8 weeks, and new students may join throughout the year.


EDUC8000 Graduate Education Orientation (0)
EDUC7536 Mental Health & Trauma Informed Care (3)
EDUC7538 Methods in Behavioral Intervention & Treatment (3)
EDUC7540 Research, Theory, and Intervention of Reading and Literacy Difficulties (3)
EDUC7548 Methods and Adaptations for Exceptional Learners (3)
EDUC7549 IEPs and Transition (3)
EDUC7555 Mixed Methods Research (3)
EDUC7556 Conceptual Statistics and Applications for Educators (3)
EDUC7568 Math Pedagogy and Intervention (3)
EDUC7573 Technology: Exceptional Child (3)
EDUC7576 Special Education Law (3)
EDUC7586 Assessment & Collaboration (3)
EDUC 7596IV Internship in Teaching Exceptional Child (4)
EDUC7596IVB Internship in Teaching Exceptional Child Portfolio Binder (0-1)

Total Credits: 37 semester credits required.

*Courses in this program are fully online, but may have synchronous video class sessions. We encourage candidates to attend these sessions as they are available. Usually, archived sessions are available for review.

Degree Details

Master of Education

Offered Online

$510 per credit - See All Tuition & Fee Info

Related Career Paths
Career Avg. Salary
Education Administrators, Elementary and Secondary School $74,990
Elementary School Teachers, Except Special Education $47,670
Middle School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education $46,300
Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education $47,350
Metropolitan and nonmetropolitan area occupational employment and wage estimates for the Boise area are sourced from U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.


“I would recommend NNU to anyone looking for a strong educational experience that is manageable as a working professional, is fair in cost, and is one in which each participant walks away from feeling like something impressive was accomplished.”

~Guy Kovacs , Ph.D. in Educational Leadership (2019)

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NNU’s graduate programs are designed for you to achieve your educational goals while working around your career, your family and your other commitments.

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100% of the program can be completed online.


22 months is the approximate time it takes to complete the program. 


Just 37 credits to complete the M.Ed. Exceptional Child program.


The Bureau of Labor and Statistics reports 44% higher wages for advanced degree holders in education than for bachelor’s degree holders.