Master of Science in Special Education – General Special Education Studies

(Note: The School of Education is not currently accepting applications or admitting new students into this program.)

The Master of Science in General Special Education Studies is designed for professionals already working in school or community organizations that support children, youth, and adults with disabilities.

Designed to fit into the busy schedules of professionals like you, the 36-39 credit degree is “modular,” consisting of only two required courses that can be combined with two graduate certificate programs:

*Note: The School of Education is not currently accepting applications or admitting new students into this certificate program.

You can complete the two graduate certificates that comprise the master’s program consecutively or concurrently. Please note that some certificate programs require that applicants hold initial certification or licensure in special education or a related field. Students must apply for the master’s program and the graduate certificates concurrently. All programs requirements must be completed within five years.

Please contact us if you have any questions about graduate certificate requirements, want to learn more about the program, or are ready to apply.

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Dr. Laurie deBettencourt

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Camilla Mika-Simms


In addition to the completion of two certificates, participants are required to take the following courses:

871.510 Legal Aspects, Service Systems, and Current Issues in Special Education

This survey course reviews litigated and legislated standards for special education and related services for persons with disabilities. Students explore current issues in the provision of services for persons with disabilities, including inclusion, the response to intervention (RTI), and regulations for eligibility. (3 credits)

874.830 Graduate Project in Mild to Moderate Disabilities

Students with demonstrated ability and a special interest in mild to moderate disabilities study under the direction of a faculty member in the School of Education. Students must meet with their faculty adviser and prepare an outline of their proposed project prior to registration.

(Note: Course number for graduate project may differ, depending on area of specialization.)