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Master of Arts - Administration of Special Education at SNU

Master of Arts in 
Administration of Special Education

This Master’s program is a GREAT OPPORTUNITY
for Special Education teachers to blend
EMPOWERING them as educators, leaders, and directors in their schools and districts.

Program Description

Master of Arts in Administration of Special Education (MAASE) is for special education teachers that want to extend their education and earn a Master’s degree that includes Special Education with administration and leadership emphasis. MAASE will include theory and practice of program development, evaluation and assessment, law and policy, management of IEPs, staff, parents as well as students. Curriculum will include community relations and communications, budgeting and ethics. Your instructors will be the best of the best in Special Education – a practical experience that will empower you in this field.


SNU’s Master of Arts in Administration of Special Education cohorts are offered on the Bethany campus and online. Our first Bethany group will begin March 14, 2018. The structure of the Bethany cohorts will be unique — some courses will meet weekly for six weeks, some courses will be offered online or a hybrid of the two. The online cohorts are online only. Our first online cohort will begin July 9, 2018. Both designs allow for flexibility in scheduling of the practicum experiences as well as offer you a schedule that works with your life, work and family. The schedule for your program of study will be given to you when you are accepted and you will have the calendar to plan around throughout the duration of the program. You will begin and end with a cohort of colleagues that will be a strong professional network as you go through the program and then following graduation.

MAASE Program Team
MAASE Faculty L to R:  Dr. Becky Slothower, Christie Smith - Faculty Resource Center, Dr. Mary Stevens.


Coursework will cover a range of areas in special education. The Special Education Practicum is embedded throughout your program of study for experiences that are authentic and meaningful to your professors future. All courses are designed and taught by experts in the field.

Admission Requirements  

• Hold a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university
• Two years of teaching experience
• Completed Application Form 
Recommendations from three sources
• Completion of the Student Profile Form (including essay)
• Transcripts documenting coursework from all colleges and universities attended mailed to SNU (SNU graduates need not request the SNU transcript)

Program Curriculum

ED-5013 Foundation/Characteristics of Mild/Moderate Disabilities  

ED-5023 Foundations/Characteristics of Low Incidence Disabilities

ED-5063 Educational Research

ED-5033 Assessment/Evaluation/Identification of Exceptional Individuals

ED-5053 Academic Instruction for Inclusive Students

ED-5043 Collaboration/Interdisciplinary Teaching Practices

ED-5073 Positive Behavior Support/Management of Students with Disabilities

ED-5093 Transition Services/Planning

ED-5083 Assistive Technology/Curricular Adaptations- Modifications

ED-5103 Special Education Law

ED-5113 Special Educational Leadership  Advocacy

ED-5123 Practicum

Our Nazarene Heritage
Founded in 1899, Southern Nazarene University is a private, Christian, liberal arts university - a service of the Church of the Nazarene. Located on a 40-acre campus just west of Oklahoma City, SNU grew out of several small colleges committed to training people for service to God and their fellow man. More than 32,000 alumni work and serve throughout the United States and the world. Read About Our Heritage