The University of Northern Iowa Department of Special Education offers a master's degree in three emphasis areas: Field Specialization, Consultation and Instructional Coaching, and Programming for College and Career. All M.Ed. programs require a minimum of 30 semester hours. Students are required to complete either a thesis or research paper. Individual degree plans are developed with an academic advisor based on the student's past academic experiences and future career goals. Students may elect to complete an Iowa teaching endorsement as part of their degree program.