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Online MSE - Special Ed - Instructional Specialist K-12

Complete Coursework: As little as 16 months Credit Hours: 36 Tuition: $288 per credit hour. This price includes the administrative fee.

The purpose of the Master of Science in Education (MSE) for Special Education - Instructional Specialist K-12 is to offer educators an advanced performance-based program of study based on the recommendations of professional organizations and accrediting associations such as the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) and CAEP.

Educators completing this program gain expertise in the following areas:

  • Teaching students exhibiting developmental, learning and behavioral exceptionalities
  • Consulting with general education teachers who have students with exceptionalities in their classrooms

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Students are required to complete 36 hours of coursework. Courses are tightly integrated and focused on application-based curriculum. This program can be completed in as little as 16 months.

This degree allows individuals to obtain Arkansas licensure as a special education teacher in grades K-12.


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This course prepares teachers to meet the needs of elementary and secondary students with learning and behavior problems in a variety of settings based on current research and best practices.
Advanced in-depth study designed to develop knowledge of the characteristics and issues related to individuals with disabilities.
Focuses on various educational philosophies with emphasis on implications of their tenets on educational theory and practice.
A study of the principles and practices for assessment and identification of individuals with disabilities with emphasis on the administration of formal and informal assessment instruments and interpretation and reporting of assessment data.
Focuses on models for planning and delivering instruction to students with disabilities.
A study of the team planning process, working with families, and service delivery options for special education, including special class placement, consultation, and collaborative teaching.
This course provides a basis of understanding and addresses behavior challenges of diverse learners. A range of issues, concepts, and practices centering on Positive Behavior Interventions and Support (PBIS) in school, communities, and other social settings.
A study of the basic methods and materials to facilitate skill development for individuals who require an individualized functional independent living curriculum.
Focuses on the legal aspects of special education.
Focuses on introductory statistical treatments, interpretation of research data, and methods and techniques of research.
Special Education Laboratory Experience is the internship component of the MSE in Special Education K-12 program. Candidates will develop and implement field-based projects for the purpose of applying the knowledge and skills sets obtained in all courses leading up to the Laboratory Experience course. Implementation of projects will take place in a special education setting to provide an opportunity for candidates to work with students with exceptionalities. Emphasis is on practical application of theoretical methods. Prerequisites: Passage of Special Education Praxis II and permission from advisor. The course length varies by term: 10 weeks for summer,14 weeks spring and fall terms.
A comprehensive, research-based study and overview of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD).
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