Become an Instructional Expert for Students with Special Education Needs
Graduate Special Education Program Options
Our experiential and research-informed M.S.Ed. in Special Education program prepares you to work with learners with exceptionalities. Within the program, you will select from two options for study: Mild Intervention and Intense Intervention. The Mild Intervention option will prepare you to teach P-12 learners with milder forms of disabilities (e.g., learning disabilities), while the Intense Intervention option will prepare you to teach P-12 students with severe and multiple disabilities. In both of these options, you’ll study theory, research and best practices as you work toward either an initial teaching license or additional teaching license.
Licensure Only Option: Indiana Teacher Licensure in Exceptional Needs: Mild and/or Intense Intervention (18 to 32 credit hours depending on academic and licensure background).
Licensure with Master of Science in Education Option: Indiana Teacher Licensure in Exceptional Needs: Mild and/or Intense Intervention and a master’s degree (30-32 credit hours depending on academic and licensure background).
Master’s Degree Only: Master of Science in Education, Special Education Concentration (30-33 credit hours).
NEW FOR ILLINOIS TEACHERS: We offer options for the Learning/Behavioral Specialist I endorsement (15 credit hours) as well as state licensure and a master’s degree.
Features of the Program
• Focus on preparing expert practitioners
• Interactive, online course delivery
• Options for licensed teachers, emergency teachers, and career changers
• A two-day, face-to-face summer institute with professors and other experts
• Specific coursework on Autism Spectrum Disorders
• For students in the master’s program, an opportunity to work with faculty on projects for presentation or publication.
Contact Dr. Maya Blackwell, Graduate Academic Advisor, at Maya.Blackwell@pnw.edu for an individualized program advisement.