The Master of Science in Education (M.S.E.) in K-12 Collaborative Special Education for alternative Class A Certification is designed for those who desire to gain knowledge and understanding in order to effectively teach, plan and impact the learning of students with disabilities and at-risk for disabilities in the K-12 classroom.

The 36-hour program is delivered through a blended format, ideal for the working professional. Online courses offer the same quality education as students will receive in the classroom, including strong relationships with classmates and faculty, small class sizes and a blend of theoretical concepts with practical, hands-on experiences.

This program is intended for students who have earned a bachelor’s degree in any area from a regionally accredited institution and do not hold a Class B certification, but feel called to serve in a special education classroom. Students will graduate in just 18 months with the necessary knowledge, practical skills and professional dispositions required of today’s teachers and will be prepared to serve as an advocate for individuals who require specialized support to achieve success.

Objectives and Curriculum

This program is designed for students who have earned a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution, but desire to earn certification in order to teach special education for grades K-12. Students will earn a master’s degree, Class A and Class B teaching certification in just 18 months. Additionally, they will have the opportunity for extensive field experience, practical content application and meaningful research.

Graduates of the K-12 collaborative special education program will master the following concepts:

  • Accommodations and modifications for all student needs
  • Assessment procedures and processes in special education
  • Effective instructional strategies for working with low and high incidence disabilities
  • Research-based methods of instruction in the K-12 special education classroom
  • Managing challenging behavior using the functional behavioral assessment
  • How to write individualized education plans

The curriculum requirement for the program is 36 credit hours. Students must have a 3.25 or higher cumulative GPA at Orlean Beeson School of Education to graduate. Please view our full list of completion requirements.

For more information about the graduate courses and electives offered at Orlean Beeson School of Education, please visit the Orlean Beeson School of Education section of the Samford University Catalog.


Is This Program for Me?

If you have a desire to give individualized educational support to students with disabilities, this program is for you.

This program will prepare you to serve as a resource and advocate for students with disabilities and their families. You will gain skills that empower you to improve the quality of life of your students, take leadership positions within the field and conduct groundbreaking research. At Samford’s Orlean Beeson School of Education we believe that small class sizes, experienced faculty and numerous clinical experiences create a foundation that prepares you to best serve your students and become a teacher leader.


Application Deadline

Summer term: May 15

Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission to the collaborative special education master’s program you must:

  • Possess a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution and have graduated with a minimum GPA of 2.75.

For an application to be considered complete, we must receive all of the following:

  • Online application for admission. Please be sure to list your personal e-mail address on the application.
  • $35 Application Fee. This non-refundable fee is payable by credit card and is waived for Samford alumni, and current Samford students, faculty or staff.
  • Official Transcript(s) from all higher education institutions attended. Transcripts are considered official only when they bear the issuing institution’s seal and arrive with the seal intact. Transcripts can be sent electronically to or by mail.
  • Passing score on all Praxis Core test 5751:
    Math: 150
    Reading: 156
    Writing: 162
  • Passing score on Praxis Multiple Subjects 5901:
    5003 Math subtest: 157
    5005 Science: 158
    5004 Social Studies: 154
  • Statement of purpose.
  • Background clearance letter.
  • Dispositions form filled out by current supervisor.
  • Interview with program director.

To check the status of application items, you may login to your application account and view the list of application items received.

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Tuition, Scholarships and Financial Aid


Please visit our Tuition and Fees page for more information, or contact the Graduate Admissions Coordinator.


Orlean Beeson School of Education is proud to award graduate students in its master's, certificate, and specialist program a scholarship. Graduate students do not need to apply for this scholarship as it is automatically applied. The school will continue providing a scholarship until coursework is complete. Any additional scholarships are the responsibility of the applicant to secure.

Financial Aid

A financial assistance program administered by Samford One Stop has been established to aid students in attending Samford University.

Education students have the ability to utilize Stafford Loans and Grad PLUS Loans. As an education student, a FAFSA is required to receive either of these loans.

To learn more about financial aid options, please visit the Samford One Stop or call 205-726-2905.