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  • Master of Science in Special Education
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  • Master of Science in Special Education

    ON-LINE PROGRAM

    Program Coordinators:
    Master's Degree: Ximena Suarez-Sousa, PhD, suarez@mnstate.edu, Lommen 211D, 218.477.2007
    Graduate Licensure: Susan Severson, Ed.D., severson@mnstate.edu 

    Program Description

    The Master of Science in Special Education is designed to further professional skills in the areas of Special Education and related research. The program focus is to understand advanced concepts, critically review research, and apply these concepts and research to the professional practice through ongoing, systematic professional development. Within the Master's Degree, a student may choose to study a specific area of disability in one of the following areas:

    • Developmental Disabilities (15 credits)
    • Early Childhood Special Education (15 credits)
    • Emotional/Behavioral Disorders (16 credits)
    • Physical/Health Disabilities (15 credits)
    • Specific Learning Disabilities (16 credits)

    Degree Requirements

    The degree is offered with an action research project. You will be guided through this process in your ED 603 and ED 609 coursework. Successful completion of written comprehensive exams are required as is a leadership/emphasis implementation project as part of your SPED 695 coursework.

    Additional Requirements:

    1. 3.0 grade point average required for courses submitted for the degree.
    2. Written comprehensive examination.
    3. Oral examination of thesis or project by committee.

    Course Requirements


    CORE REQUIREMENTS (18 Credits)

    SpEd 613 Diagnostic Strategies (3)
    SpEd 620 Perspectives and Policies in Special Education (3)
    SpEd 664 Theory and Process of Consultation and Collaboration (3)
    SpEd 695 Portfolio (Plan B) (1-4)
    ED 603 Methods of Research (2)
    ED 609 Action Research (2)
    ED 632 Curriculum, Instruction and Learning Theory (4)

    Developmental Disabilities Emphasis (15 Credits)
    SpEd 519 Biomedical Aspects of Physical and Health Disabilities (3)
    SpEd 517 Educating Student with Severe Disabilities (3)
    SpEd 559 Communication Programming for Persons with Severe Disabilities (3)
    SpEd 670 Career Education/Transition Planning for Secondary Students (3)
    SpEd 606 Research and Applications in Behavior Analysis (3)

    Early Childhood Special Education Emphasis (15 Credits)
    SpEd 517 Educating Student with Severe Disabilities (3)
    SpEd 519 Biomedical Aspects of Physical and Health Disabilities (3)
    SpEd 523 Young Children with Disabilities and Their Families (3)
    SpEd 526 Infant Strategies (3)
    SpEd 527 Instructional Strategies: Preschool (3)

    Emotional/Behavior Disorder (16 Credits)
    SpEd 555 Characteristics of Students with Learning and Behavior Problems (4)
    SpEd 563 Assessment Strategies (3)
    SpEd 578 Educational Interventions: Emotional/Behavioral Disorders (3)
    SpEd 670 Career Education/Transition Planning for Secondary Students (3)
    SpEd 606 Research and Applications in Behavior Analysis (3)

    Physical/Health Disabilities Emphasis (15 Credits)
    SpEd 517 Educating Student with Severe Disabilities (3)
    SpEd 519 Biomedical Aspects of Physical and Health Disabilities (3)
    SpEd 547 Physical and Health Disabilities (3)
    SpEd 559 Communication Programming for Persons with Severe Disabilities (3)
    SpEd 670 Career Education/Transition Planning for Secondary Students (3)

    Specific Learning Disabilities Emphasis (16 Credits)

    SpEd 555 Characteristics of Students with Learning and Behavior Problems (4)
    SpEd 563 Assessment Strategies (3)
    SpEd 575 Informal Assessment/Teaching Strategies: Students with Learning Disabilities (3)
    SpEd 606 Research and Applications in Behavior Analysis (3)
    SpEd 670 Career Education/Transition Planning for Secondary Students (3)

     

    Admission Requirements