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Special Education

Mission and Vision

Mission of the MS in Special Education Program
MSU's Special Education Department: 1) provides exemplary learning experiences to preservice and inservice professionals; 2) provides technical assistance and service to schools, families, and other agencies; 3) disseminates current and relevant information to state and local agencies; and 4) conducts credible, practical research.

Vision Statement of the MS in Special Education Program
Students who complete one of MSU's special education programs will be reflective decision makers, who provide exemplary services to people with disabilities.

MSU students and faculty value all learners, respect their families, and hold these core beliefs:

Conceptual Framework
"Professional Educator as Reflective Decision Maker" is the conceptual framework for all professional education programs at MSU. Reflective decision-making is characterized by proactive, not reactive practice. Reflective decision makers: contemplate possible long-term consequences of professional actions; evaluate the appropriateness of these actions and the effects of these actions on student performance; and maintain an informed perspective concerning all aspects of teaching, instruction and student learning.

Student Learning Outcomes
MSU's Special Education programs are designed to meet the professional preparation standards set forth by the Council for Exceptional Children ( and the National Alliance of Direct Support Professionals ( and seeks these student outcomes: