Curriculum & Learning Environment
Master of Special Education candidates will obtain the knowledge, skills, and dispositions needed to teach, consult, and provide services related to behavioral needs for children with disabilities, from birth through age 21. Additionally, candidates will examine advanced strategies to support the needs of students with disabilities, including timely topics and practices surrounding diversity, equity, and inclusion; culturally sustaining pedagogy; instructional technology; collaboration strategies; and leadership. Lastly, a Master’s candidate has the opportunity to dig deep into an area of interest by exploring an identified problem of practice, relevant literature, and resources related to the problem of practice, and establishing suggestions to enhance and support students with disabilities through an applied Capstone project.
Coursework (36 Credits)
Students complete 36 credits in the general core curriculum and within their chosen area of emphasis. A full list of Midland University MSpEd course descriptions and credit information can be found in the Academic Catalog.View the Academic Catalog
Behavior Intervention Specialist Endorsement
In addition to the Master of Special Education with a Behavior Intervention Specialist Concentration, students have the option to enroll in the Behavior Intervention Specialist Endorsement a standalone program.Learn More About the BIS Endorsement
Flexible Class Structure
Designed around a teacher’s demanding schedule, the Master of Special Education can be completed entirely online. With the help of our program, students can immediately apply what they are learning to their profession each day because of our flexible class structures.
Our Master of Special Education program allows students to jump into courses at many points throughout the year because it does not have any prerequisites. Students may pause their coursework and start back up as the challenges of being an adult learner are a reality of life.
Please note: The capstone course must be taken in the final term.
If students decide to pause their coursework, our admissions team will look at what classes still need to be completed, and when those classes will be offered next to re-enter the program within that term.
If the course is not offered in that term, the student will have to wait until the course is offered.
To meet the needs of students across the state and region, our all-online programs allow students to jump in from anywhere, yet still be part of the connected and personal Midland community. The online network encourages collaboration with peers from urban and rural districts in order to learn first-hand new approaches in education through a robust knowledge-sharing network.
All online courses are asynchronous in delivery, meaning students don’t have to log in at any specific time, but rather keep up with homework on their own schedule. Modules run on a schedule of Monday through Sunday, with the bulk of assignments due on Sunday to allow for a teacher’s demanding schedule.