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The online MSEd in Special Education at Purdue University focuses on mild intervention with the option for additional coursework in intense intervention.

Choose From 6 Concentrations

Earn your master’s degree and match a concentration below to your current teaching status and career goals.

MSEd in Special Education — Non-Licensure (Master's Only)
Earn your master’s in special education. No practicum is required; an additional elective course is taken in its place.
31 credit hours

MSEd in Special Education — Initial Mild Only Licensure
Earn your master’s degree as well as an initial special education teaching license in mild intervention. This concentration requires a practicum and student teaching field experiences.
36 credit hours

MSEd in Special Education — Initial Mild & Intense Licensure
Earn your master's degree as well as an initial special education teaching license in mild and intense interventions. This concentration requires a practicum and student teaching field experiences.
45 credit hours

MSEd in Special Education — Additional Mild Only Licensure
Intended for those who already have an initial (teaching) license and want a master’s degree and additional licensure in mild intervention. This concentration requires practicum experiences.
32 credit hours

MSEd in Special Education — Additional Intense Only Licensure
Intended for those who already have initial special education teaching licensure in mild intervention and want additional licensure in intense intervention. This concentration requires practicum experiences.
35 credit hours

MSEd in Special Education — Additional Mild & Intense Licensure
Intended for those who already have initial (teaching) licensure and want additional licensure in mild and intense intervention. This concentration requires practicum experiences.
41 credit hours

MS in Education in Special Education Core Courses

Take all core courses listed below.

  • EDPS 53300 — Introduction to Educational Research

    An introductory course in educational research and evaluation methodology that considers the various methods of educational research, the formulation of research hypotheses, and the preparation of research reports.

    Total Credits: 3

  • EDPS 51500 — Applied Behavior Analysis for Teachers

    Application of learning theory, measurement procedures, verification of functional relationships, and developing knowledge of current significant research in applied behavior analysis.

    Total Credits: 3

  • EDPS 56300 — Identification, Evaluation, and Assessment of Exceptional Individuals

    Advanced procedures for educational assessment of exceptional individuals: norm-referenced and curriculum-based measurement, error analyses, and observational ratings. Adaptations and selections of tests for sensory impairments, behavioral styles, different intelligence levels and ages.

    Total Credits: 3

  • EDPS 56500 — Intervention Strategies and Research

    Analysis of intervention strategies and research with individuals with varying disabilities. Reading comprehension, written composition, mathematics, mnemonic strategies, metacognitive strategies, self-monitoring, social problem solving and transitional instruction are discussed. (prerequisite EDPS 56300 & 57701)

    Total Credits: 3

  • EDPS 56800 — Social, Legal and Ethical Issues in Special Education

    Survey of differences and similarities of children with exceptionality, including their nature and characteristics related to their developmental and educational needs. Analysis and practical application of social, legal, and ethical issues in the field of special education.

    Total Credits: 3

  • EDPS 57100 — Advanced Assistive Technology

    Introduction and overview of assistive technology for communication, education, employment, recreation, and daily living activities.

    Total Credits: 3

  • EDPS 57701 — Advanced Characteristics of Children with Mild Disabilities

    Advanced study of persons with learning disabilities. Topics include historical development; theoretical models; etiological factors; characteristics; assessment and intervention; technological advances; issues and trends; and legislation and litigation.

    Total Credits: 3

  • EDPS 56510 — Collaboration and Transition

    Three modules related to collaboration and transition practices in special education are addressed. Included are theoretical frameworks and assessment for consultation and collaboration involving paraeducators and families.

    Total Credits: 3

  • EDPS 59000* — Foundations of Online Learning

    Explore what online learning entails and reflect on how you can best set yourself up to succeed in your studies. You will also learn about various learning strategies and online resources that you can utilize in your courses.

    Total Credit: 1

    *Official course number will be assigned upon approval from the Graduate School.

Licensure Concentrations — Required Coursework

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Elective Courses

For Master’s Only or any Intense Intervention concentration, take both electives, otherwise, choose one.

  • EDPS 52000 — Advanced Severe Characteristics

    Characteristics and issues encountered by individuals who experience severe and profound levels of mental retardation and/or autistic spectrum disorders. Characteristics include: learning, behavioral, social, emotional, and communicative abilities. (prerequisite EDPS 57600)

    Total Credits: 3

  • EDPS 57300 — Medical and Physical Management of Individuals with Multiple Disabilities

    Medical and physical aspects of severe disabilities and implications for educational models of intervention and service delivery. Topics include nature of disorders/conditions, recent research findings, advanced methods for individual adaptations, and procedures for structural modification.

    Total Credits: 3

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