Master of Science in Education - Special Education

The Master’s degree in Education - Special Education program provides teaching professionals with the opportunity to identify characteristics of children with disabilities, assess their individual needs, serve on an IEP team, and design intervention strategies by adapting and/or accommodating instruction.

School of Education Mission

The School of Education equips and inspires Christian servant leaders to pursue integrity and excellence in the delivery of educational services within professional and lifelong learning throughout the world.

Program Highlights

CUW’s MS in Special Education program offers:

  • Two separate areas of focus:
  • Program designed and developed to meet Wisconsin state standards and the standards of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) in Special Education
  • Benefit from small class sizes and personal attention from faculty
  • After successful completion of portfolios, a practicum, and upon passing Praxis II and Reading Foundations tests, students are eligible to apply for licensure from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction
  • Program endorses interdisciplinary instruction and strategies
  • Classes are designed for the working professional and are offered online, in addition to some on-campus course options
  • Special Education is designated as an area of teacher shortage, upon graduation, teachers may qualify for loan reduction or loan cancellation

Areas of Focus

Learning Outcomes

  • Learn relevant teaching strategies to implement in your classroom
  • Learn new technologies that enhance instruction
  • Complete a practicum in your area of licensure
  • Gain the field experience required by the Department of Public Instruction

Financial Assistance

  • Federal Student Aid: Federal Student Loans are available to graduate students seeking degrees.  You may apply online at Concordia’s school code is 003842.
  • Preferred Educational Partners: Student’s whose school districts are Preferred Educational Partners receive a tuition reduction.  Please see for more information.
  • Christian Educator Discount: Grants are available to teachers in Christian Schools
  • Teach Grant: Students who agree to teach for four years at an elementary, secondary, or educational service agency that serves students from low-income families may be eligible for a Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) grant. 

Entrance Requirements

Applicants to the Master of Science in Education - Special Education program must:

  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college/university
  • Minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.00 for full acceptance
  • Hold an initial teaching license to obtain special education licensure


The Master of Science - Special Education program is offered on our main campus (daytime) and online.

Faculty Administration

Dr. Wanda Routier

International students wishing to come to campus are currently not eligible for this program due to the ratio of online learning components required by the program.