Become a leader in the classroom with all of the necessary skills and knowledge to create a conducive learning environment for special education students.

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Program Details

Next Start Date: 5/08/2024
Course Length: 8 Weeks
Estimated Length: 18 months
Credit Hours: 30
Cost Per Credit: $319
Accreditation: CAEP

M.A. Special Edu. Teacher Leader Overview

With Campbellsville University’s online master’s in special education teacher leader degree, you will get the opportunity to expand your credentials and acquire the required knowledge to meet the unique challenges presented in special education. You will be able to create a strong learning environment for students who have emotional, behavioral and learning disorders. The program is taught by education faculty in collaboration with area school district personnel and aligns with the necessities of P-12 schools.

Through the online teacher leader master’s in special education, you will develop a teacher leader professional growth plan that is based on a self-assessment of your teacher leadership skills and input from school principals. You will also establish effective management and research skills for education.

The degree provides experiences in test administration and interpretation as it is applied to diverse learners and making eligibility, program and placement decisions for those students. You will also explore the effective strategies for improving the classroom behavior of students, as well as the fundamentals, assessment processes and strategies used to ensure that all students succeed in their studies. In addition, you’ll explore practical methods for developing and evaluating instruction in mathematics and reading.

A hands-on action research practicum is also required within the coursework. Through the practicum, you will identify a learning issue within a group of students, research mediation methods, implement the intervention and collect and analyze the resulting data. You will then present your findings to your colleagues or to someone within the district.

Campbellsville University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). Campbellsville’s education programs are accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) and are approved by the Education Professional Standards Board of Kentucky (EPSB) for teacher education and certification. The fully online degree offers the flexibility and convenience of being able to complete coursework when it best fits your schedule. In addition, the program’s faculty have real-world experience in the field of special education.

Course Map

The online master’s in special education teacher leader program includes 30 credit hours and takes approximately two years to complete.

Admissions Requirements

In order to apply to Campbellsville University’s accredited special education certificate online, prospective students must submit or complete the following:

  1. Complete the online application
  2. Official Transcript Request Form (via Adobe Sign). In most cases, this will allow us to request your transcripts on your behalf.
  3. All official college transcripts from each college or university previously attended and currently attended
  4. 2.75 overall GPA from their undergraduate studies or a 3.0 in their last 30 hours
  5. Copy of Teaching Certificate
  6. One page rationale essay for graduate study
  7. Submit three names and email addresses of professional references to your enrollment counselor for School of Education requirements

*Some additional requirements will be requested upon acceptance into the program.

Costs & Financial Aid

The online master’s in special education costs $319 per credit hour. In order to help students afford their education, Campbellsville University’s staff is available to work with students to discover available financial aid options.

Careers in Special Education

Upon graduation of our online master’s in special education teacher leader program, you can pursue a career as a special education teacher. The Bureau of Labor Statistics states that special education teachers earn a median salary of $58,980 per year as of May 2017, and employment for the position is expecting to increase by 8 percent through 2026.

Why CU Online?

Focused on Your Growth

Our well-rounded education in the arts and sciences is central to our goal of fostering your personal and professional growth.

Faith-Based Education

Founded in 1906 as a Christian university, we welcome diverse perspectives and prepare students to become Christian servant leaders.

Affordable and Convenient

Campbellsville seeks to provide an affordable education for its students. Our online degree programs are in a convenient format, so you can study whenever and wherever you want.


Campbellsville University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award certificates, associate, baccalaureate, master's and doctoral degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the status of Campbellsville University.

Benefits of Learning Online

Campbellsville University offers several dynamic online degrees so that students can continue their education and hone their skills. Campbellsville’s online campus has been recognized as one of the best by numerous outlets. The institution’s faculty members have real-world experience in their fields, so students can get a glimpse of working in their prospective career. Students can also conveniently fit online coursework into their busy schedules.

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