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Master of Science in Special Education

The Master of Science in Special Education fulfills licensing requirements in the State of North Dakota and North Dakota is part of the National Association of Directors of Teacher Education and Certification (NASDTEC) Interstate agreement. If you plan to seek licensure in your state of residence, it is your responsibility to contact your state’s licensure board to determine if this program will meet their requirements. A listing of licensing agencies by state can be found on the National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification website. The Special Education department can work with students on an individual basis to fulfill licensing requirements. This information is provided in compliance with the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement

Admission Standards:

  1. Undergraduate requirements:  bachelor's degree in education or related field  *some concentrations require teacher licensure
  2. GPA-cumulative: 2.75 or 3.00 in most recent semesters contributing to 60 semester hours
  3. English Proficiency (Non-Canadian International Applicants Only):  TOEFL:  79;  IELTS:  6

Application Packet Deadlines:

Summer/Fall: April 15
Spring: November 15 

Delivery Method and Schedule:
Majority of all SPED courses are delivered on-line

  • This program is not eligible to international F1 visa students due to the online component

Core Requirements
Special Education faculty members believe that graduate study should provide a strong foundation in theory, research, writing skills, and measurement. Therefore, all students seeking MSU’s Master of Science Degree in Special Education must include these core courses in their program of study:

SPED 501 Intro to Graduate Studies 3 credits
SPED 503 Stat in Special Education 3 credits
SPED 505 Consultation and Supervision in SPED 3 credits
SPED 510 Intro to Disability Services 3 credits
SPED 531 Theoretical Aspects of Exceptional Children 3 credits
SPED 533 Clinical Practice 2 credits
SPED 550 Special Education Assessment 2 credits
SPED 588 Thesis Writing Seminar 3 credits
SPED 599 Thesis 1-3 credits

Culminating Requirements:
All students seeking the Master of Science Degree in Special Education at MSU must successfully complete an approved program of study and a thesis (SPED 599).

Exit Requirements:
All master degree candidates must take the Special Education Praxis 2 exam appropriate for their chosen emphasis area.

Concentration Areas:

Certificate Programs:

» Course Descriptions
» Master of Science in Special Education program website

Program Director:
Dr. Holly Pedersen