What is the degree name?
The major code is 6788 and the degree title is Master of Arts in Special Education Leadership: Multi-Tiered Systems of Support. The program is listed as Special Education Leadership: Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (Online Program) (Masters) in the MSU application portal.
When is the application deadline?
The deadline to apply to the Fall Semester (the preferred semester to start) is June 1. The deadline for Spring Semester is October 1 and Summer Semester is February 1.
When are admissions decisions made?
Typically, you will hear from us 4-6 weeks after the application deadline.
Do you require the GRE test?
No, the GRE is not required for admission into the M.A. Special Education Leadership: MTSS program.
Do I need a teaching license to be in the program?
No, you do not need a teaching license to be in the M.A. Special Education Leadership: MTSS program.
What has the greatest weight in terms of all the application materials?
There is a common misconception that there is one factor over all others that we emphasize in the evaluation of each application. The review is comprehensive and faculty consider each component of the application for the applicant’s fit with the program philosophy, knowledge about the program and faculty members’ interests and expertise and experiences that reflect preparedness to assume graduate-level work.
What is the average GPA of students in the program?
Students are required to maintain 3.0 or higher.
How long is the program? Can you complete it on a part-time basis?
The Master of Arts in Special Education Leadership: MTSS is designed to be completed within approximately two years of matriculation, though full-time versus part-time status will affect the length of the program because many courses are offered only once a year.
What is the average course load per semester?
Typically students take two courses (six credits). A helpful rule of thumb is to devote at least two hours per credit outside of class, in addition to the online contact hours for the course. This means a minimum of nine hours per week per three-credit course.
Where can I get answers to other general questions I might have?
The Registrar’s Office is open Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and can be reached at (517) 355-3300. Information is also available on the Office of the Registrar site. You may also make after-hours and weekend inquiries with the university operators at (517) 355-1855.
For general technology questions, contact the ATS Help Desk at (517) 432-6200, or visit tech.msu.edu/support.
Tuition & Financial Aid
What are the tuition rates for this program?
Tuition for MTSS students is the same for all students regardless of residency. Find the most up-to-date information on tuition on Michigan State University’s official Tuition and Fees page. The MTSS program is included under “Online Education Masters.”
The current tuition rate per credit hour is $933. The M.A. in Special Education Leadership: Multi-Tiered Systems of Support is a 30-credit program.
Can I have more information on financial aid?
To be eligible to file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and qualify for federal grants and loans, you must be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen. For complete information on eligibility, please visit the Aid Eligibility page of the Financial Aid website. More information on financial aid at MSU can be found on the MSU Office of Financial Aid website. The Process (of filing financial aid) page and FAFSA Filing Tips page on the Office of Financial Aid website may help orient (or perhaps reorient) you to this process.
Also, financial aid advisors can be reached at (517) 353-5940 and through MSU’s Office of Financial Aid website. (Please note: This office is typically quite busy at the beginning of a semester.)
Additionally, the following resources may be helpful:
- College of Education Graduate Student Scholarships
- MSU’s Grants and Related Resources page
- MSU’s Office of Financial Aid has a helpful document (PDF) about Internet searches for scholarships
- MSU’s Office of Financial Aid Scholarship Searches
- The Office of Financial Aid’s Graduate Students page
- College of Education Graduate Assistantships
How do I know when to pay my tuition?
Students and guests can make payments on balances via the Student Information System (SIS) at student.msu.edu. After logging in, students and guests should navigate to the Student Accounts tile to access their student account. Once inside the payment portal, students and guests can make payments on current and prior semester balances, view account details and bills, enroll in a payment plan or sign up for direct deposit refunds.
For more information about billing and payments, visit the Student Accounts information on the MSU Office of the Controller website.
Are there scholarships for M.A. in Special Education Leadership: MTSS students?
The College of Education offers a series of scholarships that are open to all students, including online master’s students. Applications for these scholarships open in the Spring Semester and are issued in the following Fall Semester (applicants must be enrolled in both semesters to be eligible). Find the most up-to-date information on these scholarship opportunities and information on when to apply via the College of Education.
These scholarship opportunities include:
- College of Education Alumni Fellowship: Open to all CED graduate students
- Robert I. Boyd Scholarship in Education: Open to all CED graduate students
- Clifford E. Erickson Memorial Fund Scholarship: Open to all CED graduate students
- Dr. Kenneth Harding Graduate Student Endowed Scholarship: Open to all CED graduate students
- Anderson-Schwille Endowed Fellowship in International Education: Open to a non-U.S. citizen/international CED graduate student (student visa or permanent U.S. resident)
- Hinman Graduate Fellowship: Open to CED students who are Michigan residents, preferably Lansing residents
- The Michael B. Salwen and Okhee Lee-Salwen Endowed Scholarship in the College of Education: Open to CED students with financial need
- Janice Marston Memorial Fund Scholarship: Applicants must be a demonstrably needy and academically worthy CED graduate student
- Gaylin Green Miller Endowed Scholarship in Education: Recipients should be admitted students in the College of Education in good academic standing. Recipients will be selected based on financial need with financial need being determined by the federal government according to its policies and procedures. Priority will be given to students with current or previous residency in southeast Michigan
- Donald H. Nickerson Scholarship in Cultural Diversity and Minority Concerns: For American ethnic minority graduate students in education. Preference will be given to candidates studying to improve teaching and learning of diverse learners and underserved populations in the United States.
- Grace Hoffer Endowed Fund for Graduate Students in the College of Education: Open to all CED graduate students
How many of my MSU internship credits can transfer into the MAED, and how do I get them transferred?
Up to 12 of your internship credits may be used: CEP 801A, 802A, 803A, 804A. Have questions about your credits? Email us at email@example.com.
Can I transfer previously taken credits into this program?
Yes. Students may transfer a total of nine credits of M.A. level work taken prior to admission to the program; however, once you begin taking MA courses online, all remaining course work must be taken online. Also, all course work must be no older than five years at the time of graduation.
What are the criteria for transferring credit to the program?
For courses to transfer:
- A grade of 3.0 or better must have been earned
- The course(s) must be graduate level
- The course(s) may not have been used towards another degree
- The course(s) must be no older than five years at the time of graduation
- The course must be from another similarly accredited institution
How do I set up a MSU email account?
- Once you have accepted your Offer of Admission in the MSU admissions portal, you can find your MSU Student ID at the top of the Application Status page within the portal.
- You will receive an email notification to log into their Admissions portal to retrieve your PAN. Students will need to click on “Show Personal Access Number (PAN)” button to display the 4-digit PAN.
- Within the portal, you will need to click on the link “Activate your MSU NetID and email,” which will take you to the Admissions website to activate your NetID.
- Use your MSU e-mail address to access the online course web systems Desire2Learn. You will also use your e-mail address to access Campus Solutions, where you can see your course schedules and grades, view and pay bills, and track your financial aid.
Do I need to use my MSU email account?
Your MSU email address is the only email address that the university will use to send official communication to students. However you may auto forward all incoming email to another service or account. Click on “MSU Prefs” in the sidebar menu to access this setting.
When are students assigned an advisor?
Once admitted to the program, students will be assigned an advisor.
How do I enroll for classes?
Find more information about class enrollment and registration on MSU’s Office to the Registrar’s website.
How do I drop a course?
You can drop any course on the enrollment system through the middle of the term of instruction. Click on the section number in the Schedule of Courses to see important drop dates.
If you wish to drop a course but have a hold, call the Registrar’s Office at 517-355-3300 for assistance.
Where can I access the program plan form?
Please visit forms for master’s students.
Where can I get my grades, class schedule, billing information, account detail, etc.?
You can visit student.msu.edu.
Do I need to apply to graduate?
Yes. The first week of the semester you expect to graduate, submit the graduation application. If you expect to graduate in the summer, submit this application in the first week of spring. The Graduation Application is now available at student.msu.edu. After clicking on the Academic Progress tile, you will see a link to Apply for Graduation in the left-hand navigation under the Graduation heading.
When will I receive my diploma?
Your diploma will be mailed to the address you provided on your graduation application approximately four weeks after the end of the semester that you graduate.
Where do I find information about commencement?
Go to the MSU Commencement website.