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Special Education

Graduate Programs

The Master of Science in Special Education is designed to meet the diverse needs of 21st century graduate learners. Our graduate programs are available at a distance through a variety of synchronous and asynchronous technologies.

The MS degree consists of 1) a common core set of classes and 2) a set of classes specific to the students chosen emphasis area (students may choose more than one emphasis area).

While the majority of students begin graduate studies with a background in education, individual programs of study may be tailored to accommodate diverse student backgrounds and preferences at the discretion of the studentís advisor.

Special Education Degree 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:

Total 22-24
SPED 501 Introduction to Graduate Study 3 SH
SPED 505 Supervision & Consultation in Special Education 2 SH
SPED 510 Introduction to Disability Services 3 SH
SPED 531 Theoretical Aspects of Exceptional Children 3 SH
SPED 533 Clinical Practice 2 SH
SPED 550 Special Education Assessment 2 SH
SPED 503 Applied Statistics in Special Education 3 SH
SPED 588 Thesis Writing Seminar 3 SH
SPED 599 Thesis 1-3 SH

Culminating Requirements
All students seeking the Master of Science Degree in Special Education at MSU must successfully complete an approved program of study and either complete a thesis (SPED 599) or a research project (SPED 598).

Program Emphasis Areas
Minot State University has authority to offer a special education graduate degree that emphasizes these special education interest areas: