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The Master of Education in Special Education with a focus on Assistive Technology is an eCampus program from the College of Education & Human Development

BGSU Students use assistive tech across campus, gain a Master’s in supporting people to use both high and low technology.
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Master of Education in Special Education

Assistive Technology - Online

The BGSU master's of education in special education with a focus on assistive technology is designed to develop expertise in supporting people to use assistive technology, both high and low tech. The master of education is an excellent opportunity for educators to gain recognition of their skills in this growing area of need.

Access to assistive technology enables people with disabilities to participate more fully in their homes, schools and communities. 

Not only will a master of education improve your teaching skills, but it will also improve your career prospects. A certificate in Assistive Technology is embedded into the master’s program or available as a stand-alone certificate.

Increase participation in a world that works for everyone.

Gain new knowledge in using evidence-based assistive technology in your planning and teaching in the classroom.  

Many assistive technologies are available, from simple mechanical and daily living aids to high-tech computer-driven systems that can open up communication and facilitate integration.

This high-growth area is helping thousands every day; educators with the right credentials will find they can affect deep and meaningful change.

Mobile devices, apps, literacy, sensory, executive function and social interaction tools and applications are just a few categories of assistive technology that students survey. 

NOTE: This program does not lead to an initial teacher license—more info about licensure.

Your Degree, Your Way

The 100% online master’s of education in special education with a focus on assistive technology flexes with your needs. With 7 week courses, multiple start dates throughout the year and a completion estimate of 18-24 months, you can work at your own pace, around your schedule. 

The online programs offer the significant benefits of greater scheduling freedom and savings on time and travel costs.

With online delivery and straightforward requirements for entry and graduation, the master of education in special education with a focus on assistive technology positions teachers well for an expanding area of work.


This 100% online program includes core subjects that emphasize evidence-based practices. A broad survey of technology types available and assessment and integration frameworks are studied. 

Assessing needs, making a recommendation and successful adoption are all multi-dimensional processes involving teams of caregivers, support and financial implications. A student-centered approach and evidence-based measurement of student progress are explored. 

A flexible series of elective subjects allows students to tailor the curriculum to their own career goals and professional situation. Successful graduates are prepared to assume leadership roles in school, social services and community settings.

eCampus Quality Statement

BGSU is the only school in Ohio and one of ten nationally to gain the Quality Matters Online Learner Support certification at the institutional level for its eCampus-affiliated programs, including the master of education in special education program.

The Quality Matters Online Learner Support certification recognizes online learning programs that provide all the critical student and academic services needed for learner success and continually use learner feedback to improve those services.

In addition to this, Bowling Green State University was recognized in 2019 as one of the best public universities in the country for teaching quality by the Wall Street Journal and Times Higher Education. 

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Complete an application form online.

Note: There is a non-refundable application fee of $45. 

Submit transcripts from all institutions attended. 

Submit test scores: Praxis scores, Ohio Assessment for Educators (OAE) scores, or GRE scores (from within the last 5 years). Non-native speakers of English must have a minimum TOEFL/PTEA/IELTS score.

Submit a statement of purpose.

Stand Out in courses like

  • Research in Education
  • Distance Learning and Education
  • Assessment Processes for Assistive Technology
  • Implementation Strategies for Assistive Technology
  • Introduction to Assistive Technology
  • Technology Tools for E-Learning

Assistive technology is one of the fastest-growing segments of the rapidly expanding health and human services field.


Demonstrate your current skills, gain new ones and be well-positioned for future career moves. Gain skills to not only help those who can benefit from assistive technologies but to be a source of knowledge for colleagues, administrators, parents and carers. 

As populations age and technology advances, the assistive technology industry will see increased growth. New technology is becoming available constantly and experienced professionals with the skills to implement the right technology in the best way will be in demand.  

Candidates studying the M.Ed. in Assistive Technologies will receive the skills needed to work effectively with individuals with special needs, their parents, teachers, professionals and school districts seeking to introduce assistive technologies into multiple environments.

Go Far in your career

  • Assistive Technology Specialist
  • Assistive Technology Consultant
  • Education leader
  • Assistive technology coordinator
  • Director of Assistive Technology Services

BGSU eCampus Quality Matters recognitionThe logo of the Quality Matters Learner Support award earned by BGSU eCampus courses, a hallmark of quality.

BGSU is the only university in Ohio to earn the Quality Matters Online Learner Support certificate that recognizes our commitment to online student success. You can be confident you'll receive the same support as our on-campus students. All BGSU student and academic services are fully accommodated online, from accessing the University Libraries materials to academic advising to remote sessions for technical support.

Steps to Apply


Submit Your Application Online

Note: There is a non-refundable application fee of $45. The international application fee is $75.

If, for some reason, all of your transcripts do not arrive or you decide not to begin for a given semester, another application and fee will be required for the next semester.

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Submit Transcripts

As part of the online application process, you will upload scanned copies of transcripts from all institutions attended. Upon admission, final official transcripts from each degree-granting institution must be submitted to the Graduate College.

We commonly receive electronic transcripts via Parchment, eScript-Safe, National Student Clearinghouse and Articulation and Transfer Clearinghouse. We are willing to access electronic transcripts through any other secure sites hosted by the sending institution.

Request official transcripts are sent securely online or by mail to:

    Graduate College
    200 University Hall
    Bowling Green State University
    Bowling Green, OH 43403

Submit Test scores

One of the following test scores is to be submitted as part of the online application process: 

  • Praxis scores 

  • Ohio Assessment for Educators (OAE) scores, or 

  • GRE scores

All scores must be from within the last 5 years. Non-original scores must be notarized. NOTE: Applicants who already hold a master’s degree are not required to submit test scores.

Non-native speakers of English must have a minimum 80 TOEFL IBT, 53 PTEA, or 7.0 IELTS score. For information on the GRE/Praxis/TOEFL tests, visit the Educational Testing Service website.


Upload a Statement of Purpose

As part of the online application process, you will upload a Statement of Purpose, which should address:

  • your motivation for pursuing graduate study in using assistive technology

  • what you hope to gain through graduate study

  • your career aspirations following completion of the program

  • your personal qualities that relate to your future success as a graduate student

The statement should also indicate your understanding that the program does not lead to initial teacher licensure.

You will be enrolled in and receive your graduate degree from the College of Education & Human Development

Advance Your Career

Technology is advancing rapidly and new ways to help people participate on their terms arrive every day. Because the chances of successful selection and adoption of assistive technologies are increased when qualified professionals are involved, the demand for educators skilled in assistive technology is expected to rise.  

  • Average salary of $61,500 per year in 2020

  • Career growth of 8% 2020 - 2030

  • 37,000 new jobs over the next ten years

Bowling Green State University [BGSU] is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.  BGSU has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission since 01/01/1916. The most recent reaffirmation of accreditation was received in 2012 - 2013. Questions should be directed to the Office of Institutional Effectiveness.

The Master of Education in special education with a focus on assistive technology program is accredited by Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) and is in good standing.

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Bowling Green State University programs leading to licensure, certification and/or endorsement, whether delivered online, face-to-face or in a blended format, satisfy the academic requirements for those credentials set forth by the State of Ohio.

Requirements for licensure, certification and/or endorsement eligibility vary greatly from one profession to another and from state to state. The master of education with a focus on assistive technology program does not lead to professional licensure.

Under the Higher Education Act Title IV disclosure requirements, an institution must provide current and prospective students with information about each of its programs that prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation.

The master of education with a focus on assistive technology program is a recognized occupation that requires a Gainful Employment disclosure.