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Master of Education in Special Education online

Complete Coursework: in as few as 10 months Credit Hours: 30 Tuition: $10,950

Help special needs students reach their full potential

The Master of Education in Special Education program at Mississippi College is designed for educators with a passion for helping students with exceptional needs. In this 100% online M.Ed. program, students will study the cognitive and psycho-social needs of students who are mildly handicapped (learning disabled) or moderately handicapped (educable mentally retarded) at the preschool, elementary and secondary levels.

They will also learn the strategies and materials to use in planning and implementing individualized programs for these students. With a faith-based curriculum and distinguished faculty who are practitioners first, our online M.Ed. in Special Ed program encourages educators to be an academic and spiritual advocate for their students with disabilities.

With our multiple start dates, convenient 100% online coursework and affordable tuition, you can prepare for a career inside or beyond the classroom as a Special Education Teacher, Resource Teacher or Intervention Specialist, in as few as 10 months.

Upon completion of this degree program, graduates are eligible to apply for a Special Ed Mild/Moderate K-12 endorsement on their license in addition to a Class AA license upgrade.

Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Develop instructional goals to meet the needs of diverse learners
  • Demonstrate competence in the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) standards
  • Exhibit the knowledge, skills and dispositions needed to assess and analyze student learning
  • Demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of content needed to teach interrelated disciplines as an independent teacher in a specialized setting
  • Plan effective teaching and learning experiences for diverse learners

Courses

The coursework for the Master of Education in Special Education online program is accelerated, offering seven-week terms for a total of 30 credit hours.

To see the full list of M.Ed. in Special Education online courses, view courses.

Admissions

The School of Education admission process has specific requirements that students must meet to enroll in the Master of Education in Special Education online program.

To learn more about our M.Ed. in Special Education online admission requirements, view admissions.

Tuition

Mississippi College prides itself on offering a quality private school education at public university prices. The pay-by-the-course tuition cost for the Master of Education in Special Education online degree program is affordable and priced with the working student in mind. Financial aid may also be available for students who qualify.

To learn more about our M.Ed. in Special Education online tuition, view tuition.

Calendar

The School of Education offers multiple start dates each year for the convenience of our M.Ed. in Special Education online students. Students should consider application date deadlines, turn in all required documents, register for classes and pay tuition for their desired program start date.

To see the full calendar of upcoming start dates for the M.Ed. in Special Education online, view calendar.

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Courses

To complete the Master of Education in Special Education online program, students must complete the required courses listed below (30 credit hours).

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Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

A survey of the basic research methodologies in the social and behavioral sciences with emphasis on critical reading of published research. Students conduct a meta-analysis of research literature or develop a research proposal.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

The course provides students with an opportunity to acquire knowledge and skills that are essential to planning, developing, revising and implementing curriculum content and learning strategies. Emphasis is on components of the instructional management plan: goals, objectives, methodology, use of appropriate resources/materials and evaluation.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course is specifically designed to keep the student abreast with current tests required for special class placement. Close contact will be maintained with the State Department of Education requirements, acceptable tests, and testing procedures.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

A study of the cognitive and psycho-social needs of students who are mildly handicapped (learning disabled) or moderately handicapped (educable mentally retarded) on the pre-school, elementary and secondary levels.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

A study of the strategies and materials used in planning and implementing individualized programs for elementary mildly/moderately handicapped students.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

A study of the strategies and materials used in planning and implementing individualized programs for secondary mildly/moderately handicapped students.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course will address the characteristics and methods of teaching students, kindergarten through secondary school, who have been diagnosed as being autistic, having severe communication problems, being trainable mentally retarded or having mild behavioral problems, and/or other pervasive developmental difficulties.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

A study of organizational procedures for special education as required by the Mississippi State Department of Education.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

A study of the symptoms and causes of reading disabilities. Analysis and diagnosis of reading ability, including the use of standardized tests, informal measures, portfolios, surveys, inventories, observation and individual or group tests will be utilized. Communicating results and reporting practices will be explored, along with remediation or corrective techniques, special teaching materials, machines and visual or other physical aids for reading improvement. The case study approach utilizing (IEP) individual educational prescriptions will be used by students to develop reading instruction to meet individual needs based upon diagnostic findings.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

An overview of exceptional children is presented and a study is made of those children who do not profit readily by the methods usually employed in teaching normal individuals. Emphasis is placed on identification, diagnosis, and etiology of exceptionality. Organization, administration, and objectives of special education courses also are covered.

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Admissions

The School of Education admission process has specific requirements that students must meet to enroll in the Master of Education in Special Education online program. Find out the requirements for the M.Ed. in Special Education online program, what additional materials you should send and where you need to send them.

M.Ed. in Special Education online Requirements

  • Send all official transcripts from previously attended colleges or universities to MC Grad Admissions office
  • Must hold a standard, renewable teaching license in Elementary, Secondary or K-12 subject area; a copy must be on file with MC Grad Admissions office
  • Documentation of appropriate, professional test scores
  • Must maintain 3.0 GPA through program

Transcripts should be sent to:

Mississippi College
Graduate Admissions Office
MC Box 4067
Clinton, MS 39058

Photocopies of your educator's license can be faxed to: (601)925-7368 or emailed to aldavis1@mc.edu.

Comprehensive Exam

  • Applies to all M.Ed. programs and is taken by the student upon completion of program coursework
  • Student with 3.75 cumulative GPA will be exempt from exam
  • If student does not meet the required GPA, he/she can complete online or in written format and will have one additional attempt to complete if he/she does not pass the first time

License - A photocopy of your Standard Class Educator's License issued by a state department of education or a state educator licensing agency. You must hold a STANDARD, 5-YEAR, RENEWABLE LICENSE to be considered. If you do not have a copy, your school district usually has one on file and will make a copy for you, or an individual may request a duplicate copy of a license by submitting a completed Licensure Application and a $5 money order (personal checks not accepted) to the Mississippi Department of Education; Office of Educator Licensure; P.O. Box 771; Jackson, MS 39205.

Exam Scores - Documentation of acceptable scores are required. You may request the Office of Educator Licensure to provide scores on file by submitting a written request to the Mississippi Department of Education; Office of Educator Licensure; P.O. Box 771; Jackson, MS 39205. The request may also be sent by email to Kathy Hallman at khallman@mde.k12.ms.us. Be sure to include your full name and social security number in correspondence.

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Tuition

The following is the tuition breakdown for students pursuing a Master of Education in Special Education online:

Program Per Credit Per Three Credit Tuition
M.Ed. in Special Ed Online $365 $1,095 $10,950

Financial Aid Application Process

  1. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid at www.fafsa.gov.
  2. Enter the code of: 002415 to choose MC as one of your options.

If you have questions regarding financial aid, please contact the Financial Aid Department at 601.925.3212.

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Calendar

At Mississippi College, we offer multiple start dates to accommodate busy schedules. You can also find the deadline dates for your application, documents, registration and tuition payment for each of our online programs.

Course Start App Deadline Doc Deadline Registration Deadline Tuition Deadline
1/8/18 1/1/18 1/4/18 1/4/18 1/5/18
3/5/18 2/26/18 2/26/18 3/1/18 3/2/18
5/7/18 4/30/18 4/30/18 5/3/18 5/4/18
6/25/18 6/18/18 6/18/18 6/21/18 6/22/18
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