Special Education | Online

Program Type
Undergraduate Major (Online)
Bachelor of Science (BS)
Modes of Study

Tuition & fees

Costs include tuition, fees, & other costs such as books. Students who choose to study fully online receive our e-tuition rate. See cost details

Financial aid

On average, 92% of enrolled students who file a FAFSA receive an offer. 91% of offers include scholarships, grants, waiver, and/or work-study. Explore aid

Program duration

Typical completion time: 4 years. Flexible options may save time. Explore options


SAT & ACT scores optional. Early action & year-round admissions. View application process & deadlines

Program highlights

  • Choose a mode of study that is blended (a mix of online and in-person courses) or fully online.
  • Qualify for certification through the Maine Dept. of Education (DOE) to teach students with mild-to-moderate disabilities in grades K-12.
  • Save money with affordable tuition: Students who choose to study fully online receive our e-tuition rate.
  • Gain real-world experience as a student teacher or through employment in your current district if you are currently an educational technician in Maine.
  • Save time by transferring prior college credits.
  • Join a field of dedicated educators with demand throughout the state and the US: We offer the only online Special Education bachelor’s program in Maine.
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Career opportunities

Whether you are new to the profession or have prior teaching experience, our program will prepare you for special education roles in K-12 public and private settings. We welcome first-year college students, and those with associate degrees or prior college coursework, including paraprofessionals such as education technicians.

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State certification

Graduates are qualified for initial certification through the Maine DOE for K-12 special education. Nationally accredited, our Maine certification qualifications are transferable to many other states.

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National accreditation & state approval

We are nationally accredited by CAEP (Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation) and state-approved by the Maine Department of Education.

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Program requirements

Develop the skillset to support students with disabilities across all school settings. Our coursework aligns with research-based best practices, including foundations in systematic and explicit instruction, and High Leverage Practices through a Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS).

Continual classroom experience

We provide K-12 practice early and often — you’ll start working with students in your first year and complete a final year-long internship. Current educators can complete fieldwork through employment serving students with disabilities as Registered Apprentices in their school district.

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Scholarship opportunities

Scholarships offer valuable financial aid that doesn’t need to be repaid. You’ll be automatically considered for Merit Scholarships when you apply for admission by the deadline. Additional opportunities are available.

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Considering transferring to USM?

We welcome students who are transferring from another four-year university or community college. Our knowledgeable Admissions Counselors will help you to navigate the admissions and credit-transfer process.

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Dedicated, engaged faculty

Our full-time faculty hold doctoral degrees in special education, and part-time faculty are practicing educators with many years of K-12 experience. Many are leaders in state and national associations and are nationally-recognized for expertise in supporting a Multi-Tiered System of Supports.

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Online student support

Maintain a flexible schedule while earning your degree. Our online students receive the same superior support as those who study on campus, including one-on-one career advising, video meetings with tutors and writing assistants, and technology assistance.

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Welcoming adult learners

We understand the demands of completing your degree while maintaining your work schedule and life responsibilities. Here, you'll find flexibility and personal support to achieve your academic and professional goals.

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Next steps

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