Seattle University’s College of Education graduate degrees in Special Education are designed for you, the professional educator striving to lead in your field and driven by a passion to meet the needs of students with learning, behavioral and physical disabilities. With our small class sizes and unique offerings of various learning environments—online and off—our Special Education master’s and educational specialist degree programs are designed to fit your learning style and busy personal schedule.

Our graduate program offers you the option of taking classes on campus or pursuing the endorsement only online and then transferring those credits into the degree program. As a student in our premier Special Education graduate studies program, you will be able to apply your gained knowledge to your current classroom in real time. Upon graduation, you will find your new skills in very high demand throughout K-12 schools or in an administrative or consulting role.

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A passion to help all students

Federal laws mandate that all students with disabilities have a right to a free and appropriate public education. Nationwide, over 6,000,000 children are served in special education in the public schools. Throughout the United States, there is a shortage of well-trained special education teachers. Graduates of the Special Education program will find that their skills are in high demand, the job opportunities numerous, and their work students with disabilities demanding, yet exceptionally gratifying.



Dr. Cinda Johnson, EdD, is a nationally recognized leader in the study of transitions from high school to post-high for young people with disabilities. As the Principal Investigator of our College of Education’s Center for Change in Transition Services—a Washington State Needs Project funded with resources from OSPI—Dr. Johnson continues to lead and inform national practice and policies in research focused on secondary special education and the post-school outcomes of young people with disabilities.

Where the Outcome Makes All the Difference

With the overall goal of preparing you as a knowledgeable, ethical and reflective special educator for quality service in diverse communities, our following program competencies guide the preparation of all students:

Earn Your Special Education Endorsement in Only One Year!

We provide you with multiple pathways, fit to your learning style, to obtain your endorsement in Special Education. 

Contact Us

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Han Hoang

Temporary Program Coordinator

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Cinda Johnson

Associate Professor, Special Education (SPED), Principal Investigator, CCTS

(206) 296-5888

Funding Your Program

Please note: The Special Education master’s program is currently under consideration for suspension. We will continue to offer a Special Education endorsement. Please email with any questions.