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Master of Science in Education – Special Education

Gain the Skills to Teach Students with Special Needs

IU South Bend’s Master of Science in Education (MS) with a major in Special Education prepares special education teachers to become master teachers, assume leadership roles in special education, and conduct pedagogical research in the special education classrooms. This IU South Bend advance master’s degree provides endorsements and licensures in specific areas of interests. The IU South Bend special education master’s program has a strong reputation in the regional educational community.

  • Attend graduate classes during weekday evening hours to accommodate the schedules of working adults.
  • Take 36 credit hours and earn an advanced master’s degree or elect to earn the master’s degree and licensure in mild interventions or intense interventions simultaneously.
  • Participate in small classes held primarily on the South Bend campus to facilitate group discussions and develop a strong graduate support system.
  • Take some graduate classes online for added convenience and fast-track learning.
  • Complete the master’s program in just 2 ½ years of study.

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Master’s in special education highlights

  • Choose from specialization in mild or intense disabilities and participate in cooperative interactive televised classes in conjunction with IU Fort Wayne.
  • Complete student teaching if pursuing the mild interventions or intense interventions specialization.
  • Learn from instructors who are experienced with teaching special education in public schools and who are regularly called upon to present their ideas at national conferences.
  • Participate in a science-based special education master’s program that is performance based.

Interesting special education master’s courses you may take:

Advanced Instructional Methodology for Special Educators – Provides candidates with an advanced repertoire of evidence-based instructional strategies to individualize instruction for individuals with exceptional learning needs. Special educators learn to plan, select, adapt, and use instructional strategies to promote positive learning results for individuals with exceptional learning needs across environments, settings, and life spans.

Special Education Law and Procedures – Examines the basic principles of IDEA and special education law with special attention to IEP requirements, conducting case conferences, and discipline.

Advanced Classroom Management Techniques for Special Educators – Focuses on in-depth application of behavioral and instructional interventions for exceptional learners from diverse backgrounds. Included are techniques in positive behavioral support, problem solving, crisis intervention, social skills development, self-advocacy, classroom management, and group and individual behavior management. Integration in general education environments is emphasized.

More about IU South Bend’s MS in Education in Special Education program of study 

Career Outlook for Special Education Teachers

The Bureau of Labor Statistics anticipates 13-20 percent growth in the need for special education through the decade ending in 2018. This is substantially higher than the average growth in openings expected across all occupations. Part of this increase in opportunity stems from the increased number of children being diagnosed with special need at an early age. For more information, click here.