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Master of Education in Special Education

Vancouver Island University - Graduate Programs

Faculty:Faculty of Education
Degree:Master; Online; Distance
Field of Study:Special Education and Teaching, General
Length:2 Year(s)
Cost per year:*
National: $19,115
International: $29,514

The cost includes tuition, student activity fee, students' union fee, health and dental plan fee.


VIU's Master of Education in Special Education embodies an innovative approach to the field of special education. Grounded in current research and evidence-based practices, our program challenges each educator to critically examine historical and contemporary special education policies and approaches to formulate a best practice specific to her/his own context. Faculty bring their expert knowledge and extensive experiences to guide, support and maximize student learning in each part of the program. The program is nested in four frames of reference: context for development and learning, informative assessment, responsive teaching, and re-imagining special education. The 40 credits, 2 year program is available in two different delivery formats – part-time and full-time. Graduates of this program will be well-poised to assume Special Education positions at the school and district level. School districts in British Columbia report great difficulty in recruiting qualified Special Education teachers.


These courses are intended as guidelines. Speak to your guidance counsellor to see what courses are offered at your school.
    Completion of a Bachelor's degree with a cumulative grade point average of "B" in the final two years
    Test Scores:
    • International English Language Testing System (academic or immigration) [min. 6.5] or Test of English as a Foreign Language (Internet Based) [min. 88]
    Application Notes : A letter of intent explaining the applicant's wishes to pursue graduate work in this field is required.
    Additional Admission Requirements:
    • Letter(s) of Reference
    • Resume/Curriculum Vitae
    • Statement of Research Interests
    • Work Experience
    A record of at least two years of successful teaching and two reference letters.

    * We make every attempt to provide accurate information on prerequisites, programs, and tuition. However, this information is subject to change without notice and we highly recommend that you contact the school to confirm important information before applying.

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