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MSE in Special Ed. Instructional Specialist K-12

Master of Science in Education in Special Education – Instructional Specialist K-12 Online

Program Overview

Explore Our MSE in Special Ed. – Instructional Specialist K-12 Online Program

The purpose of the Master of Science in Education (MSE) in 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.

icon $11,916 Total Tuition
icon As few as 16 months Program Duration
icon 36 Credit Hours
icon $11,916 Total Tuition
icon As few as 16 months Program Duration
icon 36 Credit Hours
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Arkansas State University is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), formerly known as the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), 1140 19th Street, NW, Suite 400, Washington, D.C. 20036. Phone: 202-223-0077.

Courses are tightly integrated and focused on application-based curriculum. This program can be completed in as few as 16 months. This degree allows individuals to obtain Arkansas licensure as a special education teacher in grades K-12.

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

As licensure requirements may change without notice, it is the responsibility of the student to confirm the requirements for licensure in his/her state as it applies to the participation in an out-of-state degree program.

Textbook Information (.PDF)

This program requires Live Text.

State Program Approvals (.PDF)

  • Praxis Test #5511 Fundamentals of Subjects minimum score of 148
  • Foundations of Reading exam with a minimum score of 229

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Our MSE Special Ed Instructional Specialist K-12 online program offers the same affordable tuition to in-state and out-of-state students. All fees are included in the total tuition.

Total Tuition $11,916
Tuition Per Credit Hour $331
Per Credit Hour Per Course
U.S. Resident Tuition Required Fees Total U.S. Resident Tuition Required Fees Total
$291.00 $40.00 $331.00 $873.00 $120.00 $993.00

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Our MSE Special Ed Instructional Specialist K-12 online program is designed to be flexible and convenient for working professionals, with accelerated coursework and multiple start dates a year.

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Term Length Course Begin Course End Application Deadline Document Deadline Registration Deadline Payment Deadline Last Day to Withdraw
Spring 2023 7 wk 03/06/2023 04/28/2023 02/20/2023 02/24/2023 03/02/2023 03/03/2023 04/15/2023
Summer 2023 5 wk 05/30/2023 06/30/2023 05/15/2023 05/19/2023 05/25/2023 05/26/2023 06/19/2023
5 wk 07/03/2023 08/04/2023 06/19/2023 06/23/2023 06/29/2023 06/30/2023 07/21/2023
Fall 2023 7 wk 08/21/2023 10/06/2023 08/07/2023 08/11/2023 08/17/2023 08/18/2023 09/22/2023
7 wk 10/16/2023 12/08/2023 10/02/2023 10/06/2023 10/12/2023 10/13/2023 11/17/2023
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Learn How to Apply to This MSE in Special Ed. – Instructional Specialist K-12 Program

A-State Online offers a streamlined admission process for both new students and transfers. Students who are interested in the MSE Special Ed Instructional Specialist K-12 online program must have a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution and a valid teaching certificate. Make sure to review full admission requirements below.

  • Complete online application and submit a nonrefundable $30 fee
  • Official transcript(s) sent from the registrar of the college/university attended. Official transcripts are sealed transcripts sent from the sending institution.
  • A valid teaching certificate
  • A written commitment from a building level administrator who will function as your mentor during the degree program. Applicants should review the qualifications and responsibilities with their chosen mentor prior to having the mentor complete the Mentor Form.
  • Have a Baccalaureate degree with a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least a 2.75 (or 3.0 on last 60 hours) on a 4.00 scale from an accredited institution
  • Read and submit the Professional Dispositions Signature Document
  • Candidates seeking licensure in Arkansas must take and pass the Praxis Exam 5511-Fundamental Subjects: content Knowledge with a score of 148 or provide sumbit waiver form indicating the student understands they must pass state licensure exams in order to receive teaching licensure.
  • Unless otherwise noted, Arkansas State University has not confirmed if a program has met requirements for an out-of-state licensure and it is up to the Student to confirm if the program will meet the needs for licensure. Please refer to the Program Approval Map to determine which programs are eligible to be offered in States and to find relevant State Agency contact information. Eligibility to offer in a State does not guarantee the program will meet State licensure requirements.

Additional Information

While not required for admissions, Teacher/Leader Effectiveness Credentials will be required prior to registering for your first course.

  • Email a written Letter of Appeal and GRE or GMAT scores (may be unofficial) to [email protected]

Applicants with prior "F" or "D" grades at the graduate level in any graduate program will not be admitted to the A-State MPA program. In addition, students who earn failing ("F") grades in the A-State MPA program are ineligible for readmission to the program. The only exception is with the Capstone.

Up to 9 graduate hours from A-State or other higher education institutions may be credited toward a program. No course can be older than six years by graduation time. Transfer credit will be evaluated by the Director of the Program. To request prior credit be evaluated, please complete the Graduate Transfer Credit Evaluation Form.

Submit all documents to:

A-State Online
P.O. Box 2520
State University, AR 72467

Fax: 870-972-3548
Email: [email protected]

For Non-US Postal Mail Overnight Delivery Only:

Academic Partnerships
c/o Central Receiving
2713 Pawnee St.
Jonesboro, AR 72401


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Take a Look at the MSE in Special Ed. – Instructional Specialist K-12 Courses

Students are required to complete 36 hours of coursework.

ELSE 6013: Contemporary Issues and Research in Special Education

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

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.

ELSE 5043: Assessment and Instruction for Exceptional Learners

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

A study of the principles and practices for assessment and identification of individuals with disabilities. Administration of formal and informal assessment instruments, and interpretation and reporting of assessment data is emphasized.

ELSE 5633: Literacy Assessment and Diagnosis of Exceptional Learners

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Developing comprehensive understanding of diagnostic and corrective needs of individuals with reading disabilities in special education classrooms.

ELSE 5653: Literacy and Language Development for Exceptional Learners

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Relationship of language acquisition and literacy development for exceptional learners, focusing on the identification, analysis, and correction of literacy development in print knowledge, oral reading fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension.

ELSE 6043: Strategies for Teaching Exceptional Learners in the Content Areas

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Instructional approaches, strategies and materials for addressing the academic needs of students with exceptionalities, including the selection and use of various strategies to teach students with exceptionalities in the content areas of writing, mathematics, science and social studies.

ELSE 6053: Advanced Methods of Teaching Students with Mild/Moderate Disabilities

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

A study of models for the planning and delivering of instruction to students with disabilities who require an individualized general curriculum Includes techniques and materials for teaching reading, math and writing.

ELSE 5083: Collaboration for Special Education Service Delivery

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

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.

ELSE 6163: Positive Behavior Interventions and Support

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

This provides a basis of understanding and addressing behavior challenges of diverse learners. In this course a range of issues, concepts and practices centering on Positive Behavior Interventions and support (PBIS) in school, communities, and other social settings.

ELSE 6073: Advanced Teaching Method of Significantly Disabled

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Advanced Methods of Teaching Students with Significant Disabilities Evidenced-based research is presented with regard to all educational programs for students with severe, intellectual disabilities and autism, including strategies educators use in concert with team members to plan, teach, and monitor students’ progress.

ELSE 6083: Culturally Responsive Teaching

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Addressing cultural, linguistic and educational needs of learners with exceptionalities in schools through culturally responsive teaching, with emphasis placed on developing positive partnerships between schools, students and their families and communities.

ELAD 6423: Ethical and Legal Issues in Special Education

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

A study of the legal aspects of special education with emphasis given to the following six principles of special education law: zero project, nondiscriminatory classification, individualized and appropriate education, least restrictive placement, due process, and parent participation.

ELSE 6193: Special Ed Lab Experiences

Duration: 10-14 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

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.

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