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Master of Science in Education — Special Education online

Complete Coursework: In as few as 12 months Credit Hours: 30 Tuition: $15,000

Program Overview


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The Master of Science in Education — Special Education online degree program is designed for educators with several years of K-12 experience who would like to move into the special education field. This affordable degree program is taught by a faculty made up of committed professionals with experience as special educators in K-12 settings.

UW-Superior is the only University of Wisconsin System school that offers a fully online graduate teaching degree in special education. This degree will prepare you for Wisconsin licensure and tests and help meet the high demand for special education teachers within the state.


As a student in the MSE - Special Education program, you may be eligible for the TEACH Grant - up to $8,000*


Career outcomes for the Master of Science in Education — Special Education online include:

  • Elementary school, secondary school, middle school and high school special education teacher
  • Resource, exceptional student, severe/profound mental disabilities, learning support, resource programs, severe emotional disorders elementary, emotional disabilities, special education resource, inclusion, learning support, exceptional children (EC), exceptional student education (ESE), self-contained, learning support, learning disabilities special education (LD), career and transition and interrelated special education teacher
  • Teacher of children with disabilities
  • Intervention specialist and early interventionist

As licensure requirements may change without notice, it is the responsibility of the student to confirm the requirements for licensure in his/her state as it applies to the participation in an out-of-state degree program.

Courses

In order to earn the Master of Science in Education — Special Education online, students must complete three required courses (9 credit hours), four Methods courses (12 credit hours), one Research course (3 credit hours) and two Certification courses (6 credit hours). For students already licensed in Special Education, one elective (3 credit hours) can be taken in place of the clinical internship.

To see the full list of our MSE-Sp. Ed. online courses, view courses.

Admissions

Any individual with an undergraduate degree who is engaged in a classroom setting or has held credentials as a classroom teacher at one time (even if they are now expired) is eligible to apply for admission to the Master of Science in Education — Special Education online degree program. Other factors for consideration include official documents, a professional resume and a minimum 2.75 undergraduate GPA. A Special Education license is not required.

To learn more about our MSE-Sp. Ed. online admissions requirements, view admissions.

Tuition

Tuition cost for the Master of Science in Education — Special Education online degree program is the same affordable price for students who reside in-state or out-of-state. To help make the cost more manageable, students pay for each course as they enroll. There is a $56 application fee, but all other fees are included in the total cost of tuition.

To learn more about our MSE-Sp. Ed. online tuition, view tuition.

Calendar

For the convenience of our Master of Science in Education — Special Education online students, there are multiple start dates each year on the academic calendar. Students should consider application date deadlines, turn in all the required documents, register for classes and pay for tuition for their desired program start date. You can be Superior any time of the year.

To see the full calendar of upcoming start dates for the MSE-Sp. Ed online, view calendar.

*TEACH Grants are available to qualified applicants enrolled in UW-Superior’s Master of Science in Education – Special Education degree. The maximum award for 2016-2017 is $3,724. The 2017-18 maximum award amount will be announced in October 2017. Awards may vary based on government regulations. TEACH grant recipients agree to serve for at least four years as a full-time, highly qualified teacher in a high-need field, in a school serving low-income students. Failure to complete the service obligation will result in the grant turning into a loan with interest accruing from the date of disbursement. Please contact the university financial aid department for more information.

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Courses


For the Master of Science in Education — Special Education online, the curriculum includes three required courses (9 credit hours), four Methods courses (12 credit hours), one Research course (3 credit hours) and two Certification courses (6 credit hours). For students already licensed in Special Education, one elective (3 credit hours) can be taken in place of the clinical internship.

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Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Students research the various federally identified disability groupings of exceptionalities, including examination of the effect of federal, state and local laws and policies on education for students with these exceptionalities. Research into the historical perspectives, legislation and litigation provides background for discussion of current models, theories and philosophies of special education today. Students complete (present) a classroom project (paper) related to current legislation, regulations, policies and/or ethical issues surrounding educational services for students with exceptionalities.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Students research and discuss behavior theories, strategies and programs, functional analysis of behavior, positive behavior interventions and strategies, RTI, and behavior intervention plans. Students collect data to create a behavior intervention plan and apply it within an educational setting. Course emphasizes the application of theory to the academic and behavioral development of school-age children, especially those with exceptional educational needs, and provides practice in communicating those applications and principles to parents, teachers and other community stakeholders.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Working with families and community agencies is the focus of this class. The use of facilitating planning meetings with families will be an emphasis as well as establishing partnerships with community agencies that serve the variety of needs of families with students who have disabilities. In addition, there will be concentration on transitions skills—from each level of schooling to another and then on to post-secondary options.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Investigate the various aspects of reading challenges so that educators can provide effective reading instruction to readers of various abilities. Strategies for diagnosis and remediation of reading difficulties at the elementary and secondary levels will be considered. Fieldwork with students who struggle in reading will be required.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Students observe, research and reflect upon methods, strategies and materials for adapting curricula to meet the learning needs of students with mild to severe high-incidence exceptional educational needs. Emphasizes knowledge, skills and dispositions necessary to evaluate students' academic and social needs, research and design appropriate curricula, make modifications and adaptations throughout and across curricular, differentiate curriculum and instruction, and use research-based teaching strategies. Students modify an existing curricular element and practice the modification with one or more students in the field.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Examines assessment procedures and teaching strategies appropriate to providing instruction to students having difficulty learning mathematics. Emphasis is on differentiating and adapting existing curriculum to assist all students in reaching the goals of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM 2000).

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Focus on the major issues of learning and reflecting upon the skills and dispositions necessary for managing a special education classroom and/or case load. Includes curriculum design and evaluation, collaboration with multiple stakeholders, time management, assistive technology and universal design. A fieldwork curriculum research project and presentation is required.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Focus on research methodology and topics specific to the field of education. Complete an action research project surrounding an issue of interest/need in your classroom or program through the use of a single subject design. Examine existing research and determine how it may apply to your classroom/program.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Addresses the study of measurement theory and basic statistics needed for understanding assessment. Also focuses on general test construction, appropriate instrument selection with awareness of limitations, multicultural and ethical considerations. Assessment interpretation and IEP preparation is examined in depth. Students experience the administration, interpretation and reporting of a select sample of assessment tools. Lab fee.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Note: required for students who are not licensed in Special Ed. 135 hours of field-based experience in teaching students who have severe to mild exceptional educational needs in the areas of learning disabilities, cognitive disabilities and emotional behavioral disabilities. Students may choose one or more concentrations from the above listed disability areas. A student seminar meets regularly for study and discussion. Students complete and present a professional Special Educator portfolio.

Note: Optional electives (if already certified) may be drawn from Educational Administration or Teacher Education courses.

Admissions


The admissions process is the first step toward earning your online degree. Find out the requirements for the Master of Science in Education — Special Education online, what additional materials you should send and where you need to send them.

Master of Science in Education — Special Education Online Requirements

Any individual with an undergraduate degree, who has held credentials as a classroom teacher at one time (even if they are now expired) or who is currently engaged in a classroom setting is eligible to apply for admission to the Master of Science in Education — Special Education online degree program.

Applicants must meet the following requirements to be eligible for admission:

  • An undergraduate grade point average of at least 2.75/4.00 or a 2.90/4.00 grade point average in the last half of the undergraduate program. Undergraduate and graduate work from all colleges attended will be considered.
  • A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university
  • Official transcripts of all your undergraduate and graduate work to date. We are unable to accept transcripts from students. If you have taken courses at UW-Superior, transcripts are not required.
  • A professional resume
  • It is not necessary to be engaged in classroom teaching but students must have held credentials as a classroom teacher at one time (even if now expired).
  • GRE or Special Education license is not required
  • Attest to no criminal background

View the International Admissions Requirements.

Tuition


The following is the tuition breakdown for students pursuing a Master of Science in Education — Special Education online:

Program Per Credit Hour* Per Three-Credit Hour* Total Tuition w/ Fees*
MSE — Special Education online $500 $1,500 $15,000

*Includes required technology fees

Calendar


Master of Education — Special Education online

At the University of Wisconsin-Superior, we offer multiple start dates to accommodate your schedule. Our calendar includes other important dates to make it easier for you to get started on your program.

Term Start Date Application Deadline Document Deadline Registration Deadline Payment Deadline*
Summer II July 10, 2017 June 19, 2017 June 26, 2017 July 3, 2017 July 7, 2017
Fall I September 5, 2017 August 14, 2017 August 21, 2017 August 28, 2017 September 1, 2017
Fall II October 30, 2017 October 9, 2017 October 16, 2017 October 23, 2017 October 27, 2017

*All payments must be submitted by 4:00 p.m. CST. There will be no exceptions.

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