M.S. Special Education
SMSU is now offering the ABS license which allows candidates to teach students who are identified as having mild to moderate disability in the areas of EBD, LD, DD, Autism, and Other Health Impairments. Those who earn this license need to add an endorsement area for moderate to severe disability in one of the licensure areas within 5 years.
Special Education graduate students may apply now to be admitted into the new program for Fall Semester of 2015.
As each applicant has unique career goals and previous licenses, our program offers four tracks. Choose the track which fits your needs.
- Track 1: Pursuing Academic Behavioral Strategist (ABS) Licensure only: “I currently hold a teaching license in a field of education other than Special Education, and I am seeking to add the ABS Licensure.”
- Track 2: Pursuing Academic Behavioral Strategist (ABS) Advanced Licensure: “I currently hold an ABS Licensure, and I am seeking to add one or more of the 4 SPED Licensure areas to qualify as a teacher for students with moderate to severe disabilities.”
- Track 3: Pursuing a Master’s Degree in Special Education including ABS Advanced Licensure: “I currently hold an ABS Licensure, and I am seeking to add one or more of the SPED Licensure areas to qualify as a teacher for students with moderate to severe disabilities. I will also include the Research Component to complete the Master of Science in Special Education.”
- Track 4: Pursuing an Academic Behavioral Strategist (ABS) Licensure and a Master’s in Special Education, including Advanced Licensure: “I currently hold a teaching license in a field of education other than Special Education. I will complete the SPED core courses and ABS Licensure core courses to gain the SPED-ABS license. I will then complete the coursework for one or more of the 4 SPED Advanced Licensure areas to qualify as a teacher for students with moderate to severe disabilities. I will complete the Research Component for the Master of Science in Special Education Degree.”
Special Education Graduate Program
The Special Education Graduate Program (Academic Catalog) at Southwest Minnesota State University offers a degree in special education with a choice of licensures areas in Developmental Disabilities (DD), Emotional Behavioral Disorders (EBD), or Learning Disabilities (LD) and Autism Certificate. Candidates are welcome to pursue more than one licensure area.
The Master of Science (M.S.) degree in Special Education consists of a minimum of 34 credits. To complete the degree, all applicants are required to complete the special education core, a minimum of one licensure area, and the research courses. All graduate requirements must be completed within a seven-year period.
For special education licensure, candidates must have achieved a teaching license from an accredited program or be eligible for teaching licensure within the state of Minnesota.
Licensure in special education without a Master’s Degree is possible if the candidate (1) holds a Bachelor’s Degree, (2) holds a valid teaching license, and (3) completes the special education core and course work and practicums in a chosen specialty/ licensure area. SMSU's Master of Science in Education has emphasis in the following areas:
- Developmental Disabilities (DD)
- Emotional Behavioral Disorders (EBD)
- Learning Disabilities (LD)
- Autism Certificate
In order to be admitted to the program, certain Admission Requirements must be met. Once you understand the requirements and are ready to join the program, you may begin the application process. By applying now you may qualify for some incentives. Make sure to check it out! Also, don't forget the required immunization record that must be completed by all students attending Post-Secondary Schools in Minnesota. You may apply to the program through an online application form and submit it directly online, or print off the application, fill it out, and send it to the SMSU Graduate Office, 1501 State Street, Marshall, MN 56258.
Please take the time to send an official transcript from the school you received your graduate credits. They do need to be with in the last 7 years. Also, complete a petition form and summit it to the graduate office.
Tuition changes with each academic year. The cost for graduate credits will vary based on what program you plan to be a part of.
Financial aid is available students who need it. You can find information on applying for financial aid at the SMSU Financial Aid website. You will need to summit the FAFSA form. If you are interested in receiving a grant, look over the TEACH Grant and Teacher Loan Forgiveness Program information sheets, and check the list of schools and educational programs which qualified for grants in 2013-2014.
The School of Graduate Studies is always happy to assist you with any questions you may have. You can reach the Graduate Office by phone at: (507)537-6819 . To contact a particular facilitator or staff member, see the faculty/staff page. The Graduate Directory lists people you may wish to contact during the application/registration process.