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Education, Special Education

Master of Science in Education

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Program Intro

This graduate degree program prepares you for the challenges of special education in today’s diverse, dynamic classrooms. Courses are centered on research-based teaching methods proven to be effective in preparing you to effectively instruct students with disabilities. You can choose to focus on disabilities characterized as “mild” or “intense.”

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You’ll be part of a collaborative cohort of students exploring innovations in special education and inclusive classroom practices. You’ll also receive individualized instruction from veteran supervisors during field-based learning experiences that offer you opportunities to test your skills and knowledge in classrooms.

Curriculum Overview

The master’s degree in special education requires completion of 33 credits of graduate coursework. Your curriculum can include classes taken for an initial license or an add-on teaching license in either mild or intense intervention.

The mild intervention licensure option will prepare you to teach P-12 learners with milder forms of disabilities (like learning disabilities). You’ll study theory, research and best practices as you work toward either an initial teaching license or additional teaching license.

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Sample Courses

  • EDPS 59100 – Special Topics In Education (Intervention Strategies II: Mild Intervention)
  • EDPS 66400 – Seminar In Special Education (Collaboration and Transition in Special

 

Grow your skills with the second year seminar as well as introductory accounting and management accounting.

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Sample Courses

  • EDPS 69500 – Internship in Education (Internship I: Special Education/2 credits)
  • EDPS 69500 – Internship in Education (Internship II: Special Education)

Increase your focus on with a third-year seminar course, as well as two intermediate accounting courses and classes on managerial/cost accounting and information systems.

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Sample Courses

  • EDPS 59100 – Special Topics In Education (Advanced Assistive Technology/2 credits)
  • EDPS 66400 – Seminar In Special Education (Autism Spectrum Disorders/2 credits)

Program Requirements

To apply for the program, please submit:

  • College transcripts at the bachelor’s level and beyond with a minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Basic skills exam scores (if applicable)
  • Copy of your teaching license (if applicable)
  • Resume
  • Statement of interest
  • Three letters of reference

If an applicant meets the above program requirements, an applicant will be invited
to interview with faculty.


Highlights

Our program has a singular focus on preparing expert practitioners who make a difference in students’ lives. As an MSEd student, you’ll enjoy:

  • Interactive, online course delivery
  • Options for licensed teachers, emergency teachers and career changers
  • Specific coursework on Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Opportunities to work with faculty on projects for presentation or publication
  • Hands-on experience in the field
  • Committed professors who help you build both knowledge and connections
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Outcomes

Because of the high demand for teachers who are qualified to meet the individual needs of exceptional students, our graduates are offered a broad variety of career opportunities.

This degree enables you to choose where you want to teach –whether it’s in a general education classroom, a self-contained classroom or a resource room – in school districts across the country.

Career Paths

You’ll find many opportunities to make a difference for students in careers such as:

  • Teacher (K-6)
  • Consultant teacher
  • Co-teacher in an inclusive setting

 

Employers

Our alumni are thriving in:

  • Michigan City Area Schools
  • School City of Hammond
  • Lake Station Community Schools

Accreditation

The Educator Preparation Program (EPP) at Purdue University Northwest is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). This accreditation covers all EPP programs at PNW.

Meet the Faculty

Geoff Schultz

Geoff Schultz, Ed.D.

Professor of Psychology and Special Education

Professor, Undergraduate Teacher Preparation, SOEC Program Chair, Special Education, SOEC Faculty Senate and Budget Chair CAEP Board Examiner

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Anastasia Trekles

Consultant

Clinical Associate Professor of Instructional Technology

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Danielle Starks, M.Ed.

Visiting Instructor of Special Education

My current role at Purdue Northwest includes teaching special education courses and working with students in the field.

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