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Department of Counseling, Educational Psychology & Special Education

Master of Arts in Special Education

About the Program

The online Master of Arts in Special Education degree program is designed for highly committed and competent teachers in K-12 settings who have the skills, knowledge and dispositions to become professional leaders, expert practitioners and effective collaborators. Online learners must complete 30 credits to graduate; endorsements require an additional six credits. Students normally take two courses per semester, and the program can be completed in two years. Successful applicants are required to maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0.

Learning Disabilities Endorsement

The master’s degree with an endorsement in learning disabilities (LD) or master’s degree only programs will prepare educators to teach individuals with LD in K-12 grade settings. Students will learn research-validated methods and evidence-based practices that they will apply in authentic contexts to foster deeper understanding and critical reflection. Collaboration and consultation skills are a cornerstone of the LD program. Learn More.

Autism Spectrum Disorders Endorsement

The master’s degree with an endorsement in autism spectrum disorders (ASD) or ASD endorsement only programs will prepare educators to teach individuals with ASD in pre-K through 12th grade settings. Students will be trained to implement educational programming that relies on evidence-based practice for students with ASD. Learn More.

*All courses for these programs are fully online.

*Course projects and clinical experiences can be completed in your own classroom or school, with approval by MSU faculty and supervision by qualified personnel.