UNI to offer Master of Arts in Education, Special Education: Consultant Emphasis at a distance

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa is now accepting applications through May 15 for a Master of Arts in Education degree program in Special Education: Consultant Emphasis, scheduled to begin August 2018. This program is designed for highly qualified special education teachers, with completion leading to an endorsement to serve as a special education consultant as well as an instructional coach certificate.

“Distance education is opening the doors for career advancement for many,” says program coordinator Susan Etscheidt, “and we are very excited to recruit highly effective special educators to join this two-year program, which will prepare them to serve as special education instructional coaches and consultants. These graduates will receive both an MAE in Special Education Consultation as well as a Special Education Instructional Coaching Certificate. We are hoping to attract teachers from all school districts and Area Education Agencies in Iowa. Working with both general and special educators, these coaches and consultants will help teachers meet the needs of students with disabilities in their classrooms.”

The courses included in this innovative program focus on the application of an instructional coaching/consultation model to improve outcomes for students with disabilities. This program also creates pathways to increase the number of professional leaders in special education, while maintaining direct engagement between excellent teacher-leaders and classrooms.

The degree consists of 30 units of credit, which can be earned in six consecutive semesters. Courses are taken using a cohort model in which a group of students moves together through the course sequence, with the degree to be awarded in the summer of 2020. Courses are offered in eight-week sessions using a combination of Adobe Connect, a desktop video conferencing system and online via eLearning, a dynamic platform that supports the learning experience and sense of community with fellow classmates.

To learn more about this program and how to apply, visit distance.uni.edu/special-education. Applications received by May 15 will receive full consideration. For information about additional offerings available through UNI Continuing and Distance Education, visit distance.uni.edu or call 319-273-5970 or 800-648-3864.


Christina Curran, associate professor, UNI special education, 319-273-3848, christina.curran@uni.edu

Jamie Anderson, Continuing and Distance Education, 319-273-7206, jamie.anderson@uni.edu

Beth Bruns, Continuing and Distance Education, 319-273-7483, beth.bruns@uni.edu

Lindsay Cunningham, Office of University Relations, 319-273-2761, lindsay.cunningham@uni.edu