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Master of Arts in Special Education

​​The Master of Arts in Special Education is designed for student who want advanced study in special education. These programs are designed to provide training experiences leading to the development of those competencies specifically related to working with persons with disabilities in a variety of public school and community settings as a teacher or teacher consultant.

Admission Requirements
  • Application Deadline: At least 6 weeks before desired enrollment; 6-12 weeks for International students. Beyond the standards of the College of Graduate Studies admission, Special Education requires the following:​​
    1. Prior to admission to a master's degree program, the candidate must have a bachelor's degree and a valid Michigan Elementary or Secondary Provisional, Permanent, or Life certificate or special education endorsement.

    2. Conditional Admission to the Master of Arts degree program in Special Education requires an undergraduate cumulative grade point average of 3.00. (Applicants below the required grade point average may appeal through the chairperson for exception.) Additionally, applicants are required to submit a current statement of purpose for pursuing the degree, and two letters of recommendation regarding the applicant's performance with Special Education populations. 

    3. After each applicant with Conditional Admission has completed 12 semester hours of graduate study on the program at Central Michigan University with a grade point average of 3.0 or higher, he or she may petition for reclassification for Regular Admission. The faculty will then determine whether Regular Admission will be granted. An Authorization of Degree Program form must be filed at this time by students granted Regular Admission.
Retention and Termination Standards
  • These graduate programs lead to a Master of Arts degree in Special Education. The degree is based upon satisfactory completion of a minimum of 33 semester hours of graduate work and satisfactory demonstration of the competencies identified within the stated objectives and activities of the program.​​
  • Core Courses (15 hours)
  • SPE 600: Current Issues and Historical Trends in Special Education (3)
  • SPE 679: Behavioral and Curricular Interventions for Individuals with Mild Disabilities (3)
  • SPE 695: Research for Special Education (3)​
  • SPE 750: Consultation and Collaboration in Special Education (3)
  • SPE 785: Assessment and Program Improvement in Special Education (3)​
  • Additional Requirements (15 hours)
  • Required classes to be selected in consultation with an advisor.
  • Plan B Requirement (3 hours)
  • SPE 790: Special Education Graduate Capstone (3)
  • Total: 33 semester hours​ ​
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