Master of Science in Special Education

  • Admission & Application Requirements

    Deadlines

    Applications are often accepted after the deadlines posted below when space is available. Please contact the Graduate Studies Office if you have questions.

    • Summer: April 15 (priority deadline)
    • Fall: July 1 (priority deadline)
    • Spring: November 15 (priority deadline)
  • Admission Requirement

    Instructions

    1. Online graduate application
     
    1. $35 Non-Refundable application fee for all graduate applications
     

    After you complete the Graduate Online Application:

    • Log in to eServices with your StarID.
    • Click on Bills and Payment, and you will be able to pay the application fee using a credit or debit card.
     
    1. 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 7th Avenue South
    Moorhead, MN 56563

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

    1. Baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution; major in education, special education or related field (e.g., speech and language pathology, school psychology, psychology) required. If pursuing licensure, candidate must hold a current MN teaching license
     

    This requirement will be verified by the Graduate Studies Office and the department.

    1. Undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.0 or at least 3.25 for the last 30 semester credits
     

    This requirement will be verified by the Graduate Studies Office and the department.

    1. Special Education Application Form
     
    • Log in to the Self Service Center site (allow 24 hours after application submission before logging in).
    • Select the “Applications” tab, where you will see your graduate application listed.
    • Select “Continue” to access the extended program application and fill in all information. Be sure to “Submit Application” when you have completed all aspects.
     

    Prepare a 1,500- 2,000 word personal initiative statement.

    • Log in to the Self Service Center site (allow 24 hours after application submission before logging in).
    • Select the “Applications” tab, where you will see your graduate application listed.
    • Select “Summary” to see a list of all program requirements and corresponding statuses.
    • Upload document by selecting the “Upload” link under the respective “Action” column.
     
    1. Two recommendations; school administrator, former employer, or professor
     
    • Log in to the Self Service Center site (allow 24 hours after application submission before logging in).
    • Select the “Applications” tab, where you will see your graduate application listed.
    • If you have not submitted contact information yet, select “Continue” to go into your application and complete program app and recommender information.
    • After clicking “Submit Application” you will need to contact the Graduate Studies Office for any recommender information changes.
    • Your recommenders will receive an e-mail from the Graduate Studies Office asking them to fill out the recommendation form.
    • To check the status of your recommendations later, select “Summary” in the Applications tab.
     
    1. Copy of Minnesota Teaching License
     
    • Log in to the Self Service Center site (allow 24 hours after application submission before logging in).
    • Select the “Applications” tab, where you will see your graduate application listed.
    • Select “Summary” to see a list of all program requirements and corresponding statuses.
    • Upload document by selecting the “Upload” link under the respective “Action” column.
     
    1. Purchase TK20
     

    Tk20 is the online assessment management system used by Teacher Education at MSUM. Tk20 will allow students and faculty access all metrics utilized in the generation of data for self-assessment and continuous improvement purposes as well as state and national accreditation of our Teacher Education/Preparation Programs.

    Subscription to Tk20 will be required upon admission into the Special Education Graduate Program with a one-time payment of $110.