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Master of Arts in Special Education

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Preparing future leaders

Michigan State University’s Master of Arts in Special Education is a fully online graduate degree program that prepares students to advance the quality of special education in K-12 schools.

Ranked among the best in the nation by U.S. News & World Report, this master’s program was created for highly driven and competent teachers seeking the skills and knowledge to become expert practitioners in the field of special education. 

Designed to meet your goals

MSU’s entirely online program is designed for working educators, combining educational excellence with the flexibility teachers need. Course sequences and focus areas can be tailored to your unique interests and goals. Students will graduate from this program as thought leaders, accomplished professionals, and pioneers in and out of their classrooms.

Join one of the most dynamic and impactful learning communities in the nation. Who will make a difference for the next generation of students? Spartans will.

Focus areas & endorsement

There are a variety of program sequences students can take to earn their M.A. in Special Education. The program also offers emphasis areas in Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and Learning Disabilities (LD).

Coursework incorporates research-validated instructional methods and evidence-based practices to help graduates successfully educate students in kindergarten through grade 12.

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Students in graduation ceremony

Our program at a glance


100%


OF COURSES ARE FULLY ONLINE

30-36


CREDITS, TYPICALLY COMPLETED IN TWO YEARS

1:1


ACADEMIC ADVISING FOR ALL STUDENTS

>85%


OF GRADUATES RECEIVED A PAY INCREASE

Program Highlights

Leaders in Special Education

Becoming a Spartan special educator means interacting with faculty who are national and international leaders in their field.

Courses are taught by faculty members who have extensive experience as researchers, teacher educators and special education classroom teachers. Faculty teach in their areas of expertise, including assessment, literacy, applied behavior analysis and more.

Meet the Special Education faculty
Special education faculty

Points of distinction



APPLY CUTTING-EDGE RESEARCH


Support diverse learners and provide meaningful access to the curriculum


COLLABORATE WITH PEERS


Share resources and expand content knowledge and skills through peer interaction


GAIN MEANINGFUL EXPERIENCE


Complete projects and clinical experiences in your own classroom or school

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Michigan State University
620 Farm Lane, Room 335 Erickson Hall
East Lansing, MI 48824-1034
P: (517) 353-1837
Email: sped@msu.edu