Special Education

The FSU Middle Grades Secondary, and Specialized Subjects department offers three different programming options to meet the needs both of current and future Special Educators:

  1. M.Ed. in Special Education
  2. M.A.T. in Special Education
  3. Licensure only in Special Education, General Curriculum

Why Choose a Degree in Special Education?

  • Special Educators make a real difference in the lives of the students and families with whom they work.  At the end of each day, Special Educators can rest easy, knowing that they have made a difference in the lives of individuals who need a little extra help.  
  • Special Educators are consistently in high demand across the country, with the Department of Education reporting a shortage of Special Education teachers in 46 states in 2018. 
  • A degree in Special Education offers many different career paths including working in schools, for school districts, or with nonprofit organizations.


Fayetteville State University has that small campus vibe where the teachers know you personally, a place to concentrate on your studies.
Monique Ware
Licensure in Special Education, 2018
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What Will You Learn?

You will learn about the cognitive, physical, and emotional needs of children with special needs. You will be prepared to teach in elementary and secondary schools, as well as potential for working at district and state level organizations. Each of the three different pathways will provide opportunities to achieve your goals in becoming a Special Educator.


What Will You Do?

You will become a highly qualified Special Educator who is able to work in a variety of different settings, while supporting individuals who need a little extra encouragement.  Typical jobs include working in elementary and secondary schools but there are many additional possibilities depending on the program completed and your own interests!