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  • Master of Science in Special Education
  • Graduate Studies

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  • Master of Science in Special Education

    ON-LINE PROGRAM

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

    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: Specific Learning Disabilities, Emotional/Behavioral Disorders, Developmental Disabilities, Physical and Health Disabilities, Autism or Early Childhood Special Education.

    Emphasis Options Offered:

    -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)

    *The course requirements for each emphasis are found on the

    Special Education Website

    Admission Requirements

    The items listed below are required for admission to this program; only complete files are reviewed. Send all materials to:
    Graduate Studies Office
    MSU Moorhead
    1104 7th Ave. S.
    Moorhead, MN 56563

    Application Priority Deadlines: September 15 and April 15

    1. Baccalaureate degree in Education or Special Education from a regionally accredited institution.
    2. Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 overall or 3.25 in the last 30 semester credits of course work.
    3. Completed Application for Admission to Graduate Study form.
    4. Completed Special Education Application form
    5. Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended.
    6. Non-refundable $20.00 fee for first-time applicants to Minnesota State University Moorhead.
    7. 250-300 word essay on professional goals and philosophy of education.
    8. Two letters of recommendation (preferrably current school administrator, former employer, undergradute or graduate professor)

    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)

    Additional Information


    Graduate Application Form
    Printable copy of this information in PDF

  • Master of Science in Special Education

    Admission Requirements:

      

     Admission Requirement

     Instructions

    1.

    Online graduate application

    Graduate Online Application

    2.

    $20 application fee for first time MSUM applicants

    After you complete the Graduate Online Application:

    • Log in to the Graduate Online Application site
    • Select “Check Status”
    • Select eServices at the top of the page. You will be able to pay the application fee using a credit or debit card.
     

    3.

    Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended

    Contact ALL the colleges and universities you have attended and have your transcripts sent to:

    Graduate Studies Office
    MSU Moorhead
    1104 7 Ave. S. 
     
    Moorhead, MN 56563 

    You do not need to order transcripts from MSUM or other MnSCU institutions. See Transcript Policy for more details.

    4.

    Baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution; no specific major required

    The Graduate Studies Office and the Special Education Graduate Program will check this item once we have received all of your transcripts.

    5.

    Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or at least 3.25 for last 30 semester credits

    The Graduate Studies Office and the SPED Department will check this item once we have received all of your transcripts.

    6.

    Special Education Application Form

    The department application form is a fillable PDF.  Complete the form, save it on your computer, and upload it to the Graduate Online Application site as follows:

    • Log in to the Graduate Online Application site
    • Select “Check Status” 
    • Look under “Program Specific Requirements”
    • Click on “Upload Now” button by the Program Application requirement and follow the instructions
     

    7.

    Essay

    Prepare a 250-300 word essay on your philosophy of education and professional goals.  Put your name on the page. Upload it to the Graduate Online Application site:

    • Log in to the Graduate Online Application site
    • Select “Check Status”
    • Under “Program Specific Requirements”, click on “Upload Now” button by the “Essay”
     

    8.

    Two recommendations; school administrator, former employer, or professor

    • Log in to the Graduate Online Application site
    • Select “Check Status”
    • Click on “Submit References Now” under “Program Specific Requirements”
    • Follow directions for selecting your references.  Be very careful when you enter the e-mail address and decide who you would like to be your references because you cannot change this once it has been submitted.   
    • After you indicate who your references are, the online system will send them a link to fill out a recommendation form.  Your dashboard will show “recommendation submitted” when your reference submits the recommendation form.
     

    9.

    Copy of Minnesota Teaching License

    • Log in to the Graduate Online Application site
    • Select “Check Status”
    • Under “Program Specific Requirements”, click on “Upload Now” button by “Teaching License”
     

    If you have any questions about the application process, 
    please call the Graduate Studies Office at: 
    218-477-2134

    If you have specific program questions, please contact the program coordinator: 
    Ximena Suarez-Sousa, Ph.D. 
    218-477-2007, suarez@mnstate.edu