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Special Education Master's Degree (MSE)

Online Master's in Special Education (MSE)

Special Education Master's Degree Online

Wayne State's fully online master’s degree in special education 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. There are three pathways that lead to a special education master's degree, as well as a non-degree option for endorsement:

  • Special Education Initial Certification: For students who do not currently hold a teaching certificate but wish to pursue initial certification as a special education generalist. View Benchmarks for Successful Advancement in Educator Preparation - MSE Special Education Certification.

  • Special Education Generalist Certification: 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 either the K-6 or 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.

  • Special Education Advanced Study: For students who currently hold a teaching certification in special education and are seeking advanced study in special education at the same level as their initial certification.

  • Special Education Subject Endorsement (non-degree): 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 either the K-6 or 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, but it can include undergraduate substitutions as approved by an advisor.

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Phone: 402-375-7164
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Fast Facts

Degrees offered: MSE


School: Education and Behavioral Sciences


Department: Educational Foundations and Leadership


Accreditation: Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), Nebraska Department of Education


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.

 

Admissions Criteria

1. Completed Admissions Application
2. Official Transcripts
3. Statement of Interest to the Dean
4. Recommendation Form

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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.) 

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An Affordable Online Master's in Special Education

Online master’s degrees at Wayne State College are among the lowest priced in the nation.  Online tuition is a flat rate, regardless of residency.

Recognized for Excellence

Wayne State's online education programs are continually recognized for incredible value, successful graduates, and innovative learning.

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No. 1 in Nebraska; No. 11 in the U.S.

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Online classes are available throughout the summer, fall, and spring.  Advance your career and get started today!