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Special Education, M.Ed.

Distance Delivery

The Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Special Education program prepares teachers to develop and implement culturally responsive special education services for students with disabilities. The program focuses on the unique needs of (a) children and youth with disabilities; (b) Alaska's diverse Native and non-Native communities; and (c) Alaska's remote and rural communities.

The M.Ed. in Special Education program is designed to accommodate practicing teachers, paraeducators and other school-based professionals who currently have an initial teaching certificate.  Courses are offered in the afternoons, evenings, and in the summer. All courses are delivered via audio conference and augmented with online resources. This e-Learning format allows candidates who live and work in Alaska's remote and rural communities to remain in their communities while completing their graduate studies.

Applicants to Special Education degree programs at UAS can apply for the TEACH Grant after being admitted if they meet other eligibility requirements. Please see the flyer at the following website for general information about the TEACH Grant: Specific information about applying for the TEACH Grant at UAS is available at the following website when you click on the "TEACH Grant" tab:

Please note: This program is currently only available to candidates who live in Alaska. Candidates living outside Alaska are welcome to apply to this program, but should understand that this program is specifically designed to train teachers for the unique teaching conditions of various Alaskan communities and that residency in Alaska will be necessary to complete the program.


  • Jill Burkert
  • Associate Professor of Education
  • Phone: 796-6033

  • Elisabeth Genaux
  • Student Services Assistant
  • Phone: 796-6076

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Degree Requirements

Please refer to the academic catalog for a complete list of course requirements.

Application Process

Master of Education Program - Special Education

Step 1: Consult with Dr. Jill Burkert (Program Coordinator).

Step 2: Send application materials to Admissions

Send to:

Attn: Deema Ferguson
UAS Admissions
11066 Auke Lake Way
Juneau, AK 99801

Fax: 907-796-6002

Do not hesitate to contact the Student Services Assistant with any questions about application materials or the application process. The following items are necessary for a complete application:

  • Graduate application for admission and $60 application fee;
  • Official transcript with evidence of baccalaureate degree awarded, GPA 3.0;
    • Transcripts from UAA, UAF, or UAS are not required to be submitted.
  • Two (2) SOE recommendations written by former or current professors, employers, or supervisors who are familiar with your work and performance and are not related to you;
    • This requirement will be met when we receive recommendations from the references you provided contact information for in the UAS application portal.
  • Admission Writing Sample of two parts: Instructions;
  • Copy of current teaching or administrative certificate.


  1. Applicant faxes or mails unofficial transcripts to advisor.
  2. Advisor completes transcript analysis.
  3. Applicant and advisor discuss individual's program.

Step 3: Complete program prerequisites.


  1. GPA of 3.0 from transcript(s). (If your GPA is below 3.0, you may be admitted provisionally.)
  2. Prerequisite coursework is recommended by advisor.


  1. Admission status notices are sent out by the School of Education.
  2. Provisional admission status may be granted. Provisions must be completed within one semester of admission.
  3. You must maintain a 3.0 GPA in this program. You must receive a grade of "C" or better in each course for it to count. A "C-" grade will not be counted as passing.


All education programs through the Alaska College of Education at University of Alaska Southeast are accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education, a performance-based teacher accrediting body for schools, colleges, and departments of education recognized by the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development, the U.S. Department of Education, and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.


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