Special Education Master's Program

The Department of Special Education, College of Education, offers a Master of Science degree or a Master of Arts degree (MA requires a foreign language proficiency examination). The master's degree in special education may be completed in conjunction with a teacher licensure program or independently.

Completing Master’s Degree 
(With licensure)
Completing Master’s Degree 
(No licensure)
Complete licensure program Complete 45 credit program of study to be determined with advisor
Complete master’s core As part of the 45 credit program, complete the master’s core

Master's core courses:

  • SPED 596: Research in Special Education 
  • SPED 597: Issues and Practices in Special Education*
  • SPED 506:  Special Project (a faculty – mentored applied research project)*

*Same faculty member for these linked courses

Learn more about how to complete your master’s project and the 2018-2019 options for master’s projects.

Note for the Visually Impaired Learner Program and the Early Intervention/ Early Childhood Special Education Program: Students completing programs in Visually Impaired Learner or Early Intervention/Early Childhood will have the master core classes incorporated into the licensure sequence. Licensure and degree will be awarded simultaneously. Questions should be directed to the program coordinator.

Students not enrolling in a course for one academic year may be changed to "inactive" status by the Office of Graduate Studies.  If you have been previously admitted but are not able to currently register for classes, please fill out a graduate re-enrollment request form and turn it in to the Special Education Department for processing


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