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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


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 $11,025 Total Tuition
icon As few as 16 months Program Duration
icon 36 Credit Hours
icon $11,025 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)

State Program Approvals (.PDF)

Praxis Exam 5511 Requirements (PDF)

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Tuition


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.

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Total Tuition $11,025
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Tuition Per Credit Hour $306.25
Per Credit Hour Per Course
U.S. Resident Tuition Required Fees Total U.S. Resident Tuition Required Fees Total
$268.00 $38.25 $306.25 $804.00 $114.75 $918.75

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Calendar


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
Fall 2018 7wk 10/15/2018 12/7/2018 9/24/2018 10/1/2018 10/5/2018 10/12/2018 11/14/2018
Spring 2019 7wk 1/14/2019 3/1/2019 12/3/2018 12/10/2018 1/5/2019 1/11/2019 2/19/2019
7wk 3/11/2019 5/3/2019 2/18/2019 2/24/2019 3/1/2019 3/8/2019 4/17/2019
Summer 2019 5wk 5/28/2019 6/28/2019 5/6/2019 5/13/2019 5/17/2019 5/24/2019 6/14/2019
5wk 7/1/2019 8/2/2019 6/10/2019 6/17/2019 6/21/2019 6/28/2019 7/19/2019
Fall 2019 7wk 8/19/2019 10/4/2019 7/29/2019 8/5/2019 8/9/2019 8/16/2019 9/24/2019
7wk 10/14/2019 12/6/2019 9/23/2019 9/30/2019 10/4/2019 10/11/2019 11/13/2019
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Admissions


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.
  • No record as a felon or sex offender
  • 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. Students may take the exam at a local testing site or at Arkansas State University. For additional exam information and test center locations, please go to www.ets.org.
    • Students seeking the degree only may request the opt out form from their academic advisor or Jennifer Brightwell at jfrench@astate.edu.

Additional Information

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: academicpartnerships@astate.edu

For Non-US Postal Mail Overnight Delivery Only:

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

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Courses


Students are required to complete 36 hours of coursework.

ELSE 6013: Contemporary Issues 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 6023: Characteristics of Individuals with Disabilities

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Advanced in-depth study designed to develop knowledge of the characteristics and issues related to individuals with disabilities.

ELFN 6763: Philosophies of Education

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Focuses on various educational philosophies with emphasis on implications of their tenets on educational theory and practice.

ELSE 5043: Educational Diagnosis and Assessment in Special Education

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 6053: Educational Procedures for Individuals with Mild 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: Educational Procedures for Individuals with Moderate-Profound Disabilities

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

A study of the basic methods and materials to facilitate skill development for individuals who require an individualized functional independent living curriculum.

ELAD 6423: Special Education Law

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Focuses on the legal aspects of special education.

ELFN 6773: Introduction to Statistics and Research

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

An introductory course in methods and techniques of research, and the statistical treatment and interpretation of research data.

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. The course length varies by term: 10 weeks for summer,14 weeks spring and fall terms.

ELSE 6183: Teaching Students With Autism Spectrum Disorders

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

A comprehensive, research-based study and overview of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD).

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