The Master of Science in Education, with an emphasis in special education, provides practicing teachers with an opportunity to expand their ability to serve students with special learning needs. Graduate program options allow teachers from other disciplines to obtain initial licensure in special education and special education teachers to increase their expertise and obtain an additional endorsement.
Special Education Graduate Programs at SIUE
The Department of Teaching & Learning offers two program options that lead to the Master of Science in Education (MSEd) in special education from SIUE's School of Education, Health and Human Behavior. Candidates may choose from these options:
MSEd with emphasis in Professional Development in Special Education
This program is designed for graduate students who have a teaching certificate in special or general education and are seeking advanced professional development in special education. It consists of 24 hours of core courses and nine hours of electives to be determined by the candidate and his/her advisor. This option does not lead to initial or advanced licensure in special education.
MSEd-2nd Certificate in Special Education
This program is for candidates who hold a current teaching licensure in an area other than special education who are seeking LBS I licensure. Potential candidates must apply for an evaluation for a subsequent endorsement through the Office of Student Services in addition to completing the standard application for admission to the Graduate School. The program consists of 36 hours of core courses.
Degrees Available at SIUE
- MSEd with emphasis in Professional Development in Special Education; Post-Master’s Certificate
Specialized Learning Opportunities
- Second Certificate in Special Education (Learning Behavior Specialist I)
- Special Education Post-Master’s Certificate
Why Special Education?
Special educators provide a critical service to students with disabilities, their families and the school system. It is a dynamic field that offers a variety of challenging and rewarding opportunities.
There is a growing need for special educators nationwide, and that growth is anticipated to continue in the years to come. Special education teachers are currently considered a teacher shortage area in Illinois.