Online Master of Science in Education in Special Education

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Purdue’s MSEd in Special Education program sees the entire education landscape and combines practical experience with the latest breakthroughs and technology. You will learn new ways to nurture a modern classroom and ensure that students at every skill level succeed. With our degree, your expertise won’t just stay current. Your knowledge, career and students will all advance to the next level.
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Advance: Your Inspiration

 

An online degree from Purdue provides cutting edge research, the latest technology and practical experience that you can take anywhere. The MSEd in Special Education at Purdue University focuses on mild intervention and is available in three different tracks:

  • Master’s only (30 credit hours): Intended for those who are seeking knowledge in the area of special education. No practicum is required, an additional elective course is taken in its place.
  • Master’s with initial special education licensure (34 credit hours): Intended for those who are seeking a master’s degree as well as a first teaching license. Includes practicum and student teaching field experiences.
  • Master’s with advanced special education licensure (30 credit hours): Intended for those who already have initial (teaching) licensure. Includes a practicum.

The program will help you:

  • Prepare for licensure in the area of mild intervention in the state of Indiana through a program with a 100% pass rate on the Indiana state licensure exam.
  • Infuse technology in the classroom to enhance the learning experience of students with disabilities.
  • Take advantage of the latest research in the classroom.
  • Explore learning that is practical, applied and evidence based.

Licensing Information

The State of Indiana has a compact agreement with most states. This means a student with a valid Indiana license can easily obtain a license in another state. Specific coursework, testing, or grade point averages may be required.

For current information regarding out-of-state licensing, please visit the National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification (NASDTEC) website.

To learn more about each state’s requirements for licensing, please contact the Department of Education in your desired state or visit the United States Department of Education website for license requirements and application procedures.

Accreditation and Rankings

Our world-class and award winning faculty are among the thought leaders in their areas of specialty. The College of Education is also accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education. Recently, U.S. News and World Report ranked the school among the top 100 online graduate education programs.

Learn more about the online MSEd in Special Education at Purdue. For more information call 877-497-5851 to speak with an admissions advisor.

Advance: Your Education

 

Online Master of Science in Education in Special Education

 

The online MSEd in Special Education at Purdue University focuses on mild intervention and is available in three different tracks:

  • Master’s only (30 credit hours): Intended for those who are seeking knowledge in the area of special education. No practicum is required, an additional elective course is taken in its place.
  • Master’s with initial special education licensure (34 credit hours): Intended for those who are seeking a master’s degree as well as a first teaching license. Includes practicum and student teaching field experiences.
  • Master’s with advanced special education licensure (30 credit hours): Intended for those who already have initial (teaching) licensure. Includes a practicum.

Core Courses (all tracks)

EDPS 53300 - Introduction to Educational Research (3 credit hrs.)
EDPS 51500 - Applied Behavior Analysis (3 credit hrs.)
EDPS 56300 - Identification, Evaluation, and Assessment of Exceptional Individuals (3 credit hrs.)
EDPS 56500 - Mild Methods (3 credit hrs.)
EDPS 56800 - Social, legal, and ethical issues in special education (3 credit hrs.)
EDPS 57100 - Advanced Assistive Technology (3 credit hrs.)
EDPS 57701 - Mild characteristics (3 credit hrs.)
EDPS 56510 - Collaboration and Transition (3 credit hrs.)

Elective Courses (master’s only track – take two / licensure tracks – pick one)

EDPS 52000 - Severe Characteristics (3 credit hrs.)
EDPS 57300 - Medical and Physical Management of Individuals with Multiple Disabilities (3 credit hrs.)

Practicum (licensure tracks only)

EDPS 56010 - Practicum (3 credit hrs.)

Student Teaching (initial special education licensure track only)

EDPS 56600 - Student Teaching Experience (4 credit hrs.)

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Advance: Your Career

 

When you graduate with a master’s degree from Purdue, you’ll gain more than new skills. You’ll advance your career with the training to make you highly desirable in any learning institution. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports better screening and identification of various disabilities in children are expected to increase the demand for special education services. In addition, children with disabilities are being identified earlier and enrolled into special education programs, increasing the need for special education teachers in preschool and kindergarten grades*.

The program will prepare you for a range of careers, including:

  • Career and Transition Teacher
  • Pre-school Special Education Teacher
  • Special Education Teacher – elementary or secondary
  • Inclusion Teacher – elementary or secondary
  • Resource Teacher
  • Child Care Worker
  • Education Administrator

Advance Your Salary

 

A MSEd in Special Education will also benefit you financially. The median annual wages for special education teachers by grade level are:

  • $56,830 for high school special education teachers
  • $55,780 for middle school special education teachers
  • $53,820 for kindergarten and elementary special education teachers
  • $52,480 for preschool special education teachers

For more information, call 877-497-5851 to speak with an admissions advisor.

*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition, Special Education Teachers, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/education-training-and-library/special-education-teachers.htm (visited April 14, 2014).

Advance: Our Legacy

 

About Purdue University

At Purdue University, our reputation for innovation and discovery is built on a foundation of tradition and history. Founded as a land-grant school in 1869, today the University is known for scholarly excellence, research, and achievement in the fields of aerospace, engineering, technology, science and math.

Our faculty and staff commit themselves every day to preparing students to become dynamic leaders and lifelong learners. Purdue is committed to research that is transferable to real-world applications and benefits the world in positive ways.

Purdue University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools,* one of six regional institutional accreditors in the United States.

When you choose to continue your education at Purdue University, you’re making the decision to attend an institution that is renowned for innovation. For more information, call 877-497-5851 to speak with an admissions advisor.

*Higher Learning Commission, 230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604; 800-621-7440; www.ncahlc.org.