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Special Education

Master of Arts

Online

Course Delivery

30

Total Credits

$26,925

Tuition

2 Years

Minimum Duration


Program Overview

The Special Education Masters Program features courses for K-12 educators to become experts in effective education for students with disabilities. The fully online M.A. program is ranked among the best in the nation and offers study emphasis in Learning Disabilities (LD) and Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). Students will have the opportunity to apply teaching methods and practices informed by research. In addition, they will have opportunities to apply those methods in authentic contexts to foster deep understanding and critical reflection.

 

Program Highlights

#13 in Special Education in U.S. News Ranking for 2020

 

Program Outcomes

Throughout the M.A. in Special Education, students will engage in clinical projects and practicums with opportunities to reflect on teaching practice with the support, feedback, and collaboration of the teaching faculty. Courses are taught by special education program faculty members who have extensive experience as researchers, teacher educators, and special education classroom teachers.

Career Outlook

 

The Master of Arts degree in Special Education prepares practicing teachers to emphasize and enhance their expertise in and out of the classroom. Graduates of the Special Education M.A. program will attain the abilities to develop, implement, and interpret data and to communicate this information in significant ways to colleagues, families, students, and stakeholders. More than 85% of our graduates receive a pay increase for obtaining their M.A. degree.

A Top-Ranked Education

 

  • 13th in Special Education Programs — U.S. News, 2020
  • 32nd among Best Public Universities in America — U.S. News & World Report, 2021
  • A Top 100 Global University — Times Higher Education and U.S. News & World Report, 2021

 

Emily Bouck headshot

Dr. Emily Bouck

Professor and Director of the Special Education Program

Dr. Emily C. Bouck is a professor and Director of the Special Education Program at Michigan State University. She teaches courses in the Special Education undergraduate and masters’ programs and her research focuses on mathematical interventions for students with disabilities or those at risk of a disability.

Course Information

 

Core

CEP 801A - Collaboration and Consultation in Special Education (3 Credits)
CEP 803A - Assessment of Students with Mild Disabilities (3 Credits)
CEP 804A - Literacy Instruction for Students with Mild Disabilities (3 Credits)
CEP 840 - Policies, Practices, and Perspectives in Special Education (3 Credits)
CEP 841 - Classroom and Behavior Management in the Inclusive Classroom (3 Credits)
CEP 841 - Classroom and Behavior Management in the Inclusive Classroom (3 Credits)
CEP 841 - Classroom and Behavior Management in the Inclusive Classroom (3 Credits)
CEP 842 - Content-Area Instruction for Students with Mild Disabilities (3 Credits)
CEP 842 - Content-Area Instruction for Students with Mild Disabilities (3 Credits)
CEP 843 - Autism Spectrum Disorders: Characteristics and Educational Implications (3 Credits)
CEP 850 - Technology and Literacy for Students with Mild Disabilities (3 Credits)
CEP 893F - Special Education Internship: Teaching Children with Learning Disabilities (3 Credits)
CEP 894G - Special Education Practicum: Children and Youth with Learning Disabilities (6 Credits)
CEP 894J - Special Education Practicum: Children and Youth with Autism Spectrum Disorders (3 Credits)
TE 846 - Accommodating Differences in Literacy Learners (3 Credits)

Admissions Requirements

 

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  • A bachelor's degree
  • A license/certificate required
    Copy of your teaching certificate
  • Previous work experience
    CV/Résumé
  • A written personal statement
  • 3 letters of recommendation. Provide contact information for your recommenders and the MSU application system will provide instructions to them.
  • Official transcripts from all previous schools

To apply to this program:

  • Complete a university graduate application

Key Dates

Summer 

Application Deadline

February 1st

Fall 

Application Deadline

June 1st

Spring 

Application Deadline

October 1st

 

 

 

Tuition & Fees

 

In-State Tuition
Out-of-State Tuition
$26,925
$26,925

 

The university reserves the right to make changes in the types, structures, rates for fees, and tuition. Every effort will be made to give as much advance notice as possible.

Program Overview

The Special Education Masters Program features courses for K-12 educators to become experts in effective education for students with disabilities. The fully online M.A. program is ranked among the best in the nation and offers study emphasis in Learning Disabilities (LD) and Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). Students will have the opportunity to apply teaching methods and practices informed by research. In addition, they will have opportunities to apply those methods in authentic contexts to foster deep understanding and critical reflection.

 

Program Highlights

#13 in Special Education in U.S. News Ranking for 2020

 

Program Outcomes

Throughout the M.A. in Special Education, students will engage in clinical projects and practicums with opportunities to reflect on teaching practice with the support, feedback, and collaboration of the teaching faculty. Courses are taught by special education program faculty members who have extensive experience as researchers, teacher educators, and special education classroom teachers.

Career Outlook

 

The Master of Arts degree in Special Education prepares practicing teachers to emphasize and enhance their expertise in and out of the classroom. Graduates of the Special Education M.A. program will attain the abilities to develop, implement, and interpret data and to communicate this information in significant ways to colleagues, families, students, and stakeholders. More than 85% of our graduates receive a pay increase for obtaining their M.A. degree.

A Top-Ranked Education

 

  • 13th in Special Education Programs — U.S. News, 2020
  • 32nd among Best Public Universities in America — U.S. News & World Report, 2021
  • A Top 100 Global University — Times Higher Education and U.S. News & World Report, 2021

 

Emily Bouck headshot

Dr. Emily Bouck

Professor and Director of the Special Education Program

Dr. Emily C. Bouck is a professor and Director of the Special Education Program at Michigan State University. She teaches courses in the Special Education undergraduate and masters’ programs and her research focuses on mathematical interventions for students with disabilities or those at risk of a disability.

Course Information

 

Core

CEP 801A - Collaboration and Consultation in Special Education (3 Credits)
CEP 803A - Assessment of Students with Mild Disabilities (3 Credits)
CEP 804A - Literacy Instruction for Students with Mild Disabilities (3 Credits)
CEP 840 - Policies, Practices, and Perspectives in Special Education (3 Credits)
CEP 841 - Classroom and Behavior Management in the Inclusive Classroom (3 Credits)
CEP 841 - Classroom and Behavior Management in the Inclusive Classroom (3 Credits)
CEP 841 - Classroom and Behavior Management in the Inclusive Classroom (3 Credits)
CEP 842 - Content-Area Instruction for Students with Mild Disabilities (3 Credits)
CEP 842 - Content-Area Instruction for Students with Mild Disabilities (3 Credits)
CEP 843 - Autism Spectrum Disorders: Characteristics and Educational Implications (3 Credits)
CEP 850 - Technology and Literacy for Students with Mild Disabilities (3 Credits)
CEP 893F - Special Education Internship: Teaching Children with Learning Disabilities (3 Credits)
CEP 894G - Special Education Practicum: Children and Youth with Learning Disabilities (6 Credits)
CEP 894J - Special Education Practicum: Children and Youth with Autism Spectrum Disorders (3 Credits)
TE 846 - Accommodating Differences in Literacy Learners (3 Credits)

Admissions Requirements

 

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  • A bachelor's degree
  • A license/certificate required
    Copy of your teaching certificate
  • Previous work experience
    CV/Résumé
  • A written personal statement
  • 3 letters of recommendation. Provide contact information for your recommenders and the MSU application system will provide instructions to them.
  • Official transcripts from all previous schools

To apply to this program:

  • Complete a university graduate application

Key Dates

Summer 

Application Deadline

February 1st

Fall 

Application Deadline

June 1st

Spring 

Application Deadline

October 1st

 

 

 

Tuition & Fees

 

In-State Tuition
Out-of-State Tuition
$26,925
$26,925

 

The university reserves the right to make changes in the types, structures, rates for fees, and tuition. Every effort will be made to give as much advance notice as possible.

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