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MA Special Education – Severe and Multiple Disabilities

The Special Education – Severe and Multiple Disabilities degree offered by the University of Arizona is designed to prepare you to teach students with severe multiple disabilities.

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Full-time Duration: 1 year
Starting in: August, January, May
Tuition Fee: $10,063 per semester
Location: Tucson, United States

The Special Education – Severe and Multiple Disabilities degree offered by the University of Arizona emphasizes inclusive education and evidence-based best practices in teaching children and youth with severe and multiple disabilities, such as moderate to severe intellectual disabilities, severe physical disabilities, deafblindness, and autism spectrum disorders.

Students who successfully complete the MA and student teaching are eligible to apply for the Severe (K-12) Special Education Teaching Certificate in the state of Arizona.


The Department of Disability and Psychoeducational Studies is committed to research about and teaching of students with disabilities and special abilities. The department’s research, teaching, and service address current issues in special education, rehabilitation, school psychology, and deaf studies. The Department of Disability and Psychoeducational Studies (DPS) is dedicated to advancing human and economic development through the empowerment and effective inclusion of culturally diverse individuals with disabilities and special abilities of all ages.

Courses include:

  • Behavior Principles and Disability
  • Special Education Law and Policy
  • Cultural and Linguistic Diversity in Special Education
  • Research Methods in Education
  • Assessing & Educating Students with Intellectual & Severe Disabilities
  • Assessment & Instruction: Learners with Low Incidence Disabilities

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