M.S.Ed. in Special Education

Special Education

M.S.Ed. in Special Education (Residential or Online)

Licensed elementary and secondary educators can add certification for "mild" or "intense" intervention through this master’s program.

You'll be part of a collaborative cohort of students exploring innovations in special education and inclusive classroom practices. You'll also receive individualized instruction from experienced supervisors during field-based learning experiences that offer you the opportunity to test your skills and knowledge in a real-world setting.

  • Application Deadline
    FallMar 1Mar 1
    SpringNov 1Sep 1
    SummerMar 1Mar 1
  • Admissions Requirements
    • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution
    • Minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.75 out of 4.00
    • Completed online application that includes:
      • Transcripts
      • Personal Statement
      • 2 Letters of Recommendation
      • GRE Scores:
        • Required for domestic students only if your cumulative undergraduate GPA is below 3.00
        • Required for international students
      • Resume:
        • Not required for domestic students
        • Required for international students
      • TOEFL score from last two years*

      *International students only

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  • Degree Requirements
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  • Program Format

    Field-Based Experiences with Mentor Teacher
    This program incorporates an ongoing field experience so students may hone their teaching skills in real life settings. Finding a mentor and affiliating with this person throughout the program is a cornerstone of its design. Students will spend the first semester of the program finding a mentor and practicum site. Many teachers working towards certification already teach children with disabilities on an emergency license. Teachers already in a teaching assignment may use their current classroom as a practicum site and identify a mentor in this setting.

    Seminar activities are focused on building a community of learners and the opportunity to reflect critically around teaching with fellow colleagues.

    Students choose a specialty track consisting of four online courses. Specialty track courses may be combined to individualize a program or taken as a single track. Presently, courses are offered in the areas of autism, behavior specialists, early childhood, instructional strategies, and intense interventions. One out of the four courses chosen must be from outside the special education department.

    Capstone Project or Thesis
    All students pursuing a Masters in special education will complete a capstone or thesis project. Students must successfully complete at least 30 credit hours, including a research course and research seminar before enrolling.

This degree program prepares you for the challenges of special education in the diverse and changing landscapes of today's classroom. Courses are centered on research and teaching methods that are proven to be effective in preparing individuals to address high-incidence disabilities (mild intervention). And you can choose to do the program online, giving you the flexibility you need with personal and professional commitments.