The Master of Science (MS) in Special Education degree is designed for those who want to work with students who have disabilities, including learning disabilities, emotional disturbances, and mild intellectual disabilities. The MS in Special Education degree is offered with a certification option for those who wish to become teachers and features concentrations including early childhood, mild to moderate disabilities and severe disabilities.
Whether you’re an experienced special education teacher, someone interested in becoming a special education teacher while acquiring your teaching certification, or an educational administrator who wants to acquire a deeper understanding of educating students with special needs, you’re likely to find a special education master’s program that fits your educational needs and the demands of your busy life.
Our faculty are recognized as national leaders in special education and our master’s programs train individuals to support students with unique needs. We offer a number of master’s programs that will lead to initial teaching licensure as well as programs that will build on a candidate’s initial licensure.
Our special education programs are unique in that they prepare educators and other related professionals to work with students with disabilities across settings (e.g., general education classrooms, special education resource rooms or self-contained special schools).
We offer master’s degrees emphasizing training in evidence-based practices, behavior management, technology and collaborative practices. We offer three distinct program areas:
- Mild/Moderate Disabilities (i.e., learning disabilities, mild emotional disabilities, mild intellectual disabilities) with a focus at the elementary or secondary levels;
- Early Childhood Special Education (i.e., birth to 3rd grade); and
- Severe Disabilities (i.e., Autism, significant intellectual disabilities).
Our applicants may have majored in psychology, sociology, English, religious studies or any of many other disciplines as undergraduates. When they finish our master’s programs, they will be able to apply evidence-based teaching procedures that build on the basic background knowledge acquired during undergraduate studies. With the combination of two supervised internship experiences (6 credits) and 11 course-based instruction experiences (33 credits), our candidates are prepared for success in helping students with disabilities across settings.