Master of Science in Special Education


This master’s degree program is designed for students desiring advanced preparation for positions in special education in such agencies as public and private schools, child and family service agencies, medical settings, group homes, or other social service agencies. The requirements for this degree allow individual tailoring for each student based on prior licensure, experience, or course work. A student may add a special education teaching license to an existing teaching license by completing the 24 credits of required course work as prescribed below, excluding any prerequisites needed. However, a student will be recommended for licensure only at the development level of their existing license. The area of licensure will be mild interventions.

Note: Students have the option of completing this program via online learning.

Required Courses



The University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

All education licensure programs and related school programs are accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education and the Indiana Department of Education. The Special Education Program follows the standards established by the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC).

Financial Aid & Scholarships

Graduate students may be eligible for federal student loans if they are admitted into graduate degrees (or first-time teacher certification programs) and meet other eligibility requirements. Certificate programs are not eligible for financial aid. Private alternative loans can help students pay college expenses that may not be covered by federal loan programs or other financial aid. For more information, visit financial aid.

In addition, students may be eligible for payment plans and veterans benefits. On-campus degree-seeking students may be eligible for special scholarships for residents of IllinoisKentuckyOhio, and the Midwest Consortium.



The Graduate Catalog and Undergraduate Catalog of Indiana State University are the documents of authority for all students. The requirements given in the catalogs supersede information issued by any academic department, program, college, or school. The University reserves the right to change the requirements at any time.