Wayne State College
Special Education Master's Degree (MSE)

Online Master's in Special Education (MSE)

Online Master's in Special Education

Wayne State's online graduate studies in special education with field experience options is designed to help professionals and districts meet the needs of students with exceptionalities and their families. Our special education master's program is designed to help you meet current workforce needs while allowing you to develop culturally sustaining pedagogies and advocate for the needs of diverse learners.

Admission Requirements

Questions? Contact us:

Phone: 402-375-7164
Email: [email protected]


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Program highlights:

  • No entrance exams required
  • Complete the program in as little as two years or extend up to 10 years
  • Online, with field experience options
  • Accredited
  • Nationally-ranked program

Special Education Master's Degree Curriculum

There are three pathways that lead to a special education master's degree, as well as a non-degree option for endorsement. You and your advisor will collaborate in the development of a program of study that best fits your interests and career path.

Master's degree options:

Non-degree options:

  • Special Education Subject Endorsement (42-48 credit hours) - For students who hold a current teaching certification in an area other than special education and want to add a special education subject endorsement at the K-6 and 7-12 level; or for students who hold a current teaching certification in special education (K-6 or 7-12) and want to add the other subject endorsement level. This endorsement option does not lead to an MSE, and it can include undergraduate substitutions as approved by an advisor.

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Program Fast Facts

Degree offered:
Master of Science in Education (MSE)

Delivery Method: Online, with field experience options

Credit hours required:

  • Master's degree: 36-51 credit hours
  • Non-degree: 42-48 credit hours

Costs (2023-24 Tuition):
$370 per credit hour ($13,320 - $18,870 for 36-51 credit hours, based on 2023-24 tuition rates)
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Nebraska Department of Education (NDE)

Licensing and Certification: Wayne State academic programs are designed to prepare students for licensure or certification in Nebraska. If you plan to pursue licensure or certification in a state other than Nebraska, please check that state's licensing board to determine their licensing requirements. Authorization may be required from them prior to beginning a clinical or field experience in that state. Learn more.

Admission criteria

Step 1: Apply to graduate study at WSC. Select the term you would like to start your program.

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Step 2: Complete and submit application materials.

You must finish creating your myWSC account to complete this step if not a current/previous student. If you are a previous WSC student and you need assistant with your sign-in credentials, you can contact the Service Center at 402-375-7107.

In the application portal you will be provided with instructions and be expected to submit/complete the following:

  • Application
  • Certification History Form
  • Official Transcripts
  • Statement of Purpose
  • References (must be sent through the application portal)

Once all your application materials have been received in the application portal, it will be processed for consideration for admission.

Transfer credit

A maximum of 18 graduate credits, subject to evaluation by the Dean of Education and Behavioral Sciences, may be transferred from another regionally accredited graduate institution and applied toward a degree. Graduate credit accepted must meet a minimum course grade of B and be an appropriate substitute for courses in a WSC program. Credit that has been applied toward a previously earned degree will not be accepted, except for the 9-12 credit hours that are a part of the professional education core. All classes within an MSE degree program must fit into a 10-year timeframe for degree completion.


Note for Admitted Students: All students admitted into the special education master's degree program are required to purchase an Anthology Portfolio Subscription from the Wayne State College bookstore. This subscription purchase is good for five years. Need help? Visit the Anthology Portfolio help sheets.

Earn your degree in as little as two years. Need more time? That's okay, too. Our program is flexible and can be extended up to 10 years.


Next start dates:

Jan. 8, 2024

16 weeks, spring term
Registration opens Nov. 6, 2023

May 13, 2024

3, 5, and 13-week sessions
Registration opens Mar. 25, 2024

June 3, 2024

5 and 10-week sessions
Registration opens Mar. 25, 2024



July 8, 2024

5-week session
Registration opens Mar. 25, 2024




Need more information?

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For questions about the program, please contact:

Leigh Scruggs, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
[email protected]

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