Online Master of Science in Education in Special Education

Advance Your Future in Special Education

Purdue’s online MSEd in Special Education program combines a unique view of the entire education landscape with practical experience of the latest breakthroughs in assessment, instructional strategies, and evidence-based practices for teaching students with disabilities. In as little as 20 months, this online master’s degree in special education will give you the skills necessary to plan and administer special education curriculum, facilitate a safe and effective classroom environment, and meet the needs of exceptional children who require highly-skilled educators.

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 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 seeking a master's degree as well as an initial special education teaching license. Includes practicum and student teaching field experiences.
  • Master's with advanced special education licensure (30 credits hours): Intended for those who already have initial (teaching) licensure. Includes a practicum.

The Master of Education in Special Education combines the latest technology and research with practical experience in one program that advances your skillset and expertise to the next level.

Advance Your Training in Special Education

Purdue’s special education online courses builds upon a conceptual framework focusing on the skills and competencies that prepare individuals to serve as outstanding educators and leaders in the field of special education.

This advanced special education degree is for passionate educators who value all learners, regardless of skill level or ability, and who want use the latest instructional, behavioral, and communication strategies to meet the unique needs of students with disabilities. The online MSEd in Special Education is also for educators who wish to advance their teaching careers.

Purdue’s online special education graduate degree allows you to explore the different types of mild disabilities and prepares you to work with children with special needs. This program teaches educators how to implement methods of assessment for making instructional decisions within an educational environment, as well as how to implement and satisfy the legal requirements for accommodation.

Upon completion of your program, you will have all the skills necessary to effectively teach students with mild disabilities and collaborate with other professionals in the field. By the time you complete the MSEd in Special Education requirements, you will:

  • Understand the various characteristics and categories of disability identified by law.
  • Be able to apply methods of assessment including the collection, analysis, and interpretation of data to make instructional decisions.
  • Empirically validate instructional methods to provide age-appropriate curriculum adapted to individual students' needs and educational plans.
  • Ensure students have access to the general education curriculum using evidence-based practices.
  • Use current and emerging technologies to promote increased mobility, communication, self-determination, and cognitive functioning.
  • Provide behavioral support for students with challenging behavior that promote and teach appropriate functional behavior and social skills.
  • Create safe and positive learning environments where diversity across culture, race, ethnicity, and gender are valued.
  • Understand and apply ethics and standards for professional practice in special education.

Licensing Information

Purdue’s special education online degree program is designed to give you the skills and training needed for licensure in the state of Indiana. The State of Indiana has a compact agreement with most states, meaning a student with a valid Indiana teaching license can 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

Earn your online special education degree from the best in the business. Our world-class and award-winning faculty are at the forefront in their areas of specialty. Purdue’s College of Education is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and is ranked by U.S. News and World Report as one of the top 50 best education schools in the United States. The same publication also ranks Purdue’s online graduate education program as one of the top 100 programs of its kind.

Earning your online master’s degree in special education from an esteemed institute of learning like Purdue University will set you apart from your peers and set you up for a future of success.

Advance Today

If you would like to advance your teaching career and gain the skills necessary to become an effective special educator, discover the possibilities of distance learning through Purdue University online.

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