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Special Education, MSEd

Master of Science in Education

"Special education" is a broad term used by the law to describe specially designed instruction that meets the unique needs of a child who has a disability. Special educators often focus on teaching the student life skills, literacy, and other basic functions.

As a student in the Special Education for Indiana Schools program, you complete 36 credit hours of course work. Core courses cover research-based instruction in classroom management, collaboration and service delivery, assessment, instructional strategies, and working with families. In addition, you pursue an individualized track of four courses based on your area of interest, and you complete a capstone project/thesis.

The courses in this program are based on special education professional standards established by the Council for Exceptional Children and the State of Indiana. They offer advanced opportunities to address the knowledge, skills, and dispositions needed by special education teachers working in today's classrooms.


  • K 500Topical Workshop in Special Education (Culminating Seminar)1 Credits
  • K 535Assessment and Remediation of the Mildly Handicapped I 3 Credits
  • K 536Assessment and Remediation of the Mildly Handicapped II 3 Credits
  • K 548Families, School and Society3 Credits
  • K 553Classroom Management and Behavior Support 3 Credits
  • K 565Collaboration and Service Delivery 3 Credits
  • K 590Independent Study or Research in Special Education3 Credits
  • K 599Masters Thesis in Special Education3 Credits
  • S 500Field-Based Seminar in Teacher Education: Orientation to SPEDFIST 2 Credits
  • Y 510 Action Research I3 Credits
  • Y 520Inquiry in Education 3 Credits

Tuition & Fees

Cost for Indiana Residents
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $425.06
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $1275.18
Cost for Out of State Residents
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $510.07
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $1530.21

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