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Master of Science in Education in Special Education Online

Complete Coursework: as few as 12 months Credit Hours: 30 Tuition: $9,750

Overview


The Master of Science in Education in Special Education program at Northwest Missouri State University is designed to prepare educators to teach students with mild and moderate disabilities across a variety of school settings. Through data-driven instruction and current, innovative evidence-based strategies, our 100% online MSEd. program will also prepare you for your certification.

From studying various technologies, applications and assessments to facilitate student learning, to understanding the responsibilities and problems relating to the administration of special education programs, our NCATE-accredited program will help you become an effective voice for special needs students.

This affordable, 30-hour program offers field experiences embedded in coursework and multiple start dates with accelerated 7-week courses.

In as few as 12 months, you can be prepared to take advantage of new career opportunities such as a special education teacher, resource program teacher, or intervention specialist.

Upon completion of this 100% online MSEd. in Special Education program, you will:

  • Collaborate with stakeholders in culturally responsive ways to address the needs of individuals with exceptionalities across a range of learning experiences
  • Select, adapt and use a repertoire of evidence-based instructional strategies to advance learning of individuals with exceptionalities
  • Create safe, inclusive, culturally responsive learning environments so that individuals with exceptionalities become active and effective learners and develop emotional well-being, positive social interactions and self-determination
  • Use multiple methods of assessment and data-sources in making educational decisions

Courses

In order to earn the Master of Science in Education in Special Education Online, students must complete 10 courses (30 credit hours), including 6 hours of core courses and 24 hours of subject field requirements. Each of the courses in this program is 7 weeks in length.

To see the full list of our Master of Science in Education in Special Education online courses, view courses.

Admissions

Applicants for the Master of Science in Education in Special Education online degree program must hold a baccalaureate degree with an undergraduate GPA of at least 2.75 from a regionally accredited institution, plus a valid teaching certificate.

To learn more about our Master of Science in Education in Special Education online admission requirements, view admissions.

Tuition

Students in the Master of Science in Education in Special Education online degree program can pay for each course as they enroll. There is a $50 application fee, but all other fees are included in the total cost of tuition. Costs are the same for students in Missouri or from outside the state.

To learn more about our Master of Science in Education in Special Education online tuition, view tuition.

Calendar

With multiple start dates each year, the Master of Science in Education in Special Education online degree program is convenient and accessible. Students should consider application date deadlines, turn in all required documentation and fees, register for classes and pay tuition to begin on their desired start date.

To see the full calendar of upcoming start dates for the Master of Science in Education in Special Education Online, view calendar.

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Courses


For the Master of Science in Education in Special Education, students must complete the following courses (30 credit hours):

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Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course will focus on the development of skills related to finding, evaluating, analyzing, prioritizing and integrating data sources for the improvement of student learning. Students will retrieve data, develop an action plan for improvement, and create a project demonstrating proficiency in data literacy. 21 hours field experience.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Students who complete this course understand and demonstrate the capability to promote the success and well-being of each student by applying the knowledge, skills and commitments necessary for equitable protocols for student support, equitable access in a least restrictive environment, responsive practices for culturally responsive teaching and leadership, and a supportive school culture that ensures each student and family is treated fairly. 21 hours field experience.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Discussion of strategies designed to foster effective collaborative, conferencing and communication skills. These skills will enhance partnerships between families of students with exceptional needs, general and special education teachers, para educators, and other support personnel.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This is an introductory course designed to provide an initial understanding of K-12 students with mild to moderate disabilities, learning disabilities, intellectual disabilities, emotional disturbance, and physical and other health impairments.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Methods and strategies, including numerous examples of curricular and instructional methodologies utilized in teaching K-12 students with mild to moderate disabilities such as learning disabilities, intellectual disabilities, emotional disturbance, and physical and other health impairments.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Procedures, responsibilities and problems relating to the administration of special education programs. These experiences should include, but not be limited to, the following: administrative patterns, legal basis, financial aspects, placement conferences, managing the IEP, placement alternatives, program evaluation, inclusion, and grant development. Prerequisite: EDCI 62642 and EDCI 62643, or permission of instructor.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course includes the administration and interpretation of the most commonly used individual tests of ability and achievement used to evaluate students and make data-based decisions with an emphasis in the areas of special education and reading.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course provides the student with an understanding of principles, methods, and procedures of transition and career education for students with disabilities. The course includes the process for organizing a program to assist youth in choosing, preparing for, entering upon, and making adjustments in transitioning across childhood and from school to post-secondary options with a focus on the linking of resources in the transition from school to a wide-range of adult settings.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course is designed to provide teachers with both technical and functional understanding of applied behavior analysis, as well as strategies for the everyday applications of behavior management in classrooms and other educational settings. Evidence-based behavior intervention practices to assess, change, or modify behavior will be explored while exploring the concepts, assumptions, misconceptions, and historical foundations of behavior.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This capstone course will provide an avenue for scholarly study of current professional literature on a variety of current issues and trends in the field of special education. Designed to complement and extend student's study of relevant topics. As a part of this course, students will complete the written assessment of competency mastery.

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Admissions


The School of Education admission process has specific requirements that students must meet to enroll in the Master of Science in Education in Special Education online program. Find out the requirements, what additional materials you should send and where you need to send them.

Non-Missouri students should determine whether this program fits the certification requirements for their state.

MSEd. in Special Education Online Requirements

  • Cumulative GPA of 2.75 or 2.50 to 2.74 GPA with a 3.0 GPA on six hours of required graduate coursework at Northwest in the major program where admission is requested
  • Valid teaching certificate or 2 years prior teaching with a valid teaching certificate
  • Documentation of one of the following:
    • 3.5 or higher on the analytical writing measure of the GRE
    • Successful completion of another Master's Degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education with at least a 2.75 GPA
    • National Board Certification
    • Successful completion of nationally normed educational performance assessment (MoPTA, EdTPA)
    • Successful completion (3.0 GPA or higher) of the Alternative Certification program in Special Education at Northwest
    • Department analytical writing assessment that is evaluated using a writing scoring guide based on the modified CUNY scales with a score of 4.0 or higher

If you need to submit official documents by mail, send them to:

Amber Duis, Graduate Records Specialist
Northwest Missouri State University
800 University Drive
Maryville, MO 64468-6001

Have a question? Call us at 844-890-9304.

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Tuition


The following is the tuition breakdown for students pursuing a Master of Science in Education in Special Education online. The tuition is the same for in-state and out-of-state students. The tuition cost includes all fees.

Program Per Credit Hour Per 3-credit hour Course Per Program
MSEd. in Special Education $325 $975 $9,750
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Calendar


Session Program Start Date Application Deadline Document Deadline Payment Due Last Class Day
Fall 2 October 23, 2017 October 9, 2017 October 13, 2017 October 19, 2017 December 15, 2017
Spring 1 January 8, 2018 December 18, 2017 December 21, 2017 January 4, 2018 February 23, 2018
Spring 2 March 5, 2018 February 19, 2018 February 23, 2018 March 1, 2018 April 27, 2018
Summer 1 May 7, 2018 April 23, 2018 April 27, 2018 May 3, 2018 June 22, 2018
Summer 2 July 2, 2018 June 18, 2018 June 22, 2018 June 28, 2018 August 17, 2018
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