The Master of Science in Special Education is designed for people teaching exceptional children, whether new to the profession or already having experience. The Special Education master's provides:
- courses and internships for initial teacher certification in teaching students with mild to severe disabilities,
- coursework in various specialty areas such as teaching students who are gifted and talented and students on the autism spectrum, and
- preparation to collaborate effectively in school-wide, multi-tiered systems of support, e.g., Response to Intervention (RTI).
Current general education teachers, specialty area professionals such as occupational therapists, special education teachers, paraeducators, and people with a bachelor's degree seeking a new teaching career in special education are among those for whom the program is intended.