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  • Master of Science in Special Education

Graduate Studies

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  • Master of Science in Special Education

    ONLINE 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 (14 credits)
    • Early Childhood Special Education (15 credits)
    • Emotional/Behavioral Disorders (14 credits)
    • Physical/Health Disabilities (14 credits)
    • Specific Learning Disabilities (14 credits)


    Degree Requirements

    CORE REQUIREMENTS (20 Credits)
    SPED 606 Research and Applications in Behavior Analysis (3)
    SPED 613 Inclusive Teaching Practices (3)
    SPED 620 Perspectives and Policies in Special Education (3)
    SPED 664 Theory and Process of Consultation and Collaboration (3)
    ED 603 Methods of Research (2)
    ED 609 Action Research (2)
    ED 632 Curriculum, Instruction and Learning Theory (4)

    Developmental Disabilities Emphasis (14 Credits)
    SPED 519 Biomedical Aspects (3)
    SPED 556 Functional Curriculum and Assessment (4)
    SPED 559 Communication Programming for Persons with Severe Disabilities (3)
    SPED 570 Secondary Services and Transitional Planning (4)

    Early Childhood Special Education Emphasis (15 Credits)
    SPED 519 Biomedical Aspects (3)
    SPED 523 Young Children with Disabilities and Their Families (3)
    SPED 524 Assessment in ECSE (3)
    SPED 526 Infant/Toddler Strategies (3)
    SPED 527 Instructional Strategies: Preschool (3) 

    Emotional/Behavior Disorder (14 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 570 Secondary Services & Transitional Planning (4)

    Physical/Health Disabilities Emphasis (14 Credits)
    SPED 519 Biomedical Aspects (3)
    SPED 547 Physical and Health Disabilities (4)
    SPED 559 Communication Programming for Persons with Severe Disabilities (3)
    SPED 570 Secondary Services & Transitional Planning (4)

    Specific Learning Disabilities Emphasis (14 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 570 Secondary Services & Transitional Planning (4)

    Admission Requirements