Grand Canyon University

M.Ed. in Elementary Education and Special Education (NITL)


3300 W Camelback Rd

Phoenix, AZ 85017

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

M.Ed. in Elementary Education and Special Education (NITL)

Format: Online

Program Description:

Online Master’s Degree in Special Education for Elementary Grade Levels – Non-Licensure

Grand Canyon University’s Master of Education in Elementary and Special Education non-licensure program is designed for candidates interested in the education of children in elementary (K-8) and mild to moderate special education (K-12) settings. Courses are designed to give graduates the content knowledge and relevant skills needed for future success.

Within the program, opportunities are given to allow students to apply learned concepts and research through 113 hours of observational and practice-based field experiences. These include both K-8 general education and K-12 special education mild to moderate settings.
Differences Between Licensure and Non-Licensure Elementary Education MEd Programs

Courses for both licensure and non-licensure Master of Education in Elementary & Special Education programs are taught by experts in their respective fields who share knowledge and experience. All courses are directly aligned with Interstate Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (InTASC) principles and Council for Exceptional Children standards. This non-licensure program does not include a student teaching component though and therefore does not meet requirements to lead to licensure.

Study Topics for Both Programs Include:

    Characteristics of Intellectual Disabilities
    Instructional planning
    Child and Early Adolescent Development and Psychology
    Ethical and Legal Practices
    Collaboration and Communication
    Assessment, Eligibility and Transition Planning
    Supporting English Language Learners
    Classroom Management and Engagement
    Language and Literacy Development
    Teaching Methodologies: Science and Health, Math, English Language Arts, the Arts

How to Use a Non-Licensure Online Master’s Degree in Special Education & Elementary Education

Graduates of the program are prepared to work closely with students and to implement individualized educational plans to accommodate various learning, behavioral and social needs. Graduates of this Master of Education in Elementary and Special Education non-licensure program are prepared to become informed educators in various educational settings that do not require a teaching license.


North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

Facts & Figures

Classification: Master's College or University I

Loans Offered: Perkins Loan, Stafford Student Loans, PLUS Loans, Leveraging Educational Assistance Partnership (LEAP) State Grant, Arizona Post-Secondary Education Voucher Program State Grant, Federal Pell Grant, Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG)

Locale: Large City

Size & Settings: 0-999

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