Special Education Field Specialization MAE to be offered online

Posted on Tuesday, November 24th, 2015

Amy Petersen, associate professor, special education, 319-273-7959,

Jacie Dahlstrom, communications specialist, UNI Continuing and Distance Education, 319-273-5970 or 800-648-3864,

Lindsay Cunningham, Office of University Relations, 319-273-6728,

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Department of Special Education, via Continuing and Distance Education, will offer a Masters of Arts in Education degree in Special Education: Field Specialization beginning spring 2016.

This program will prepare master teachers to serve as highly effective and highly qualified special education teachers to improve outcomes for children with disabilities. Completion of the program will also lead to an Instructional Strategist I or Instructional Strategist II endorsement.

"I am especially excited about this program as it will offer teachers across the state the opportunity to improve their knowledge and instructional practices while building a community of practice with other special educators," said Amy Petersen, program coordinator. "Because there is a shortage of highly qualified special educators in our state, this program seeks to alleviate that shortage and prepare teachers in the most up to date best practices."

The program uses a cohort model in which a group of students moves through the course sequence together. Courses are offered using a combination of Adobe Connect, a desktop video conferencing system, and eLearning, an online Blackboard learning management system. To learn more about the program and how to apply, visit

For additional information on offerings available through Continuing and Distance Education at UNI, visit or call Jacie Dahlstrom, communications specialist for UNI Continuing and Distance Education, at 319-273-5970 or 800-648-3864.