Special Education (M.S.)


Indiana State University offers an online master's degree in special education for students desiring advanced preparation for positions in special education in public and private schools, child and family service agencies, medical settings, group homes, or other social service agencies.

  • The requirements for this degree allow individual tailoring for each student based on prior licensure, experience, or course work. A student may add a special education teaching license to an existing teaching license by completing the 30 credits of required course work as prescribed below, excluding any prerequisites needed. However, a student will be recommended for licensure only at the developmental level of their existing license. The area of licensure will be mild interventions. In order to be considered "Highly Qualified," students must pass a state licensing examination.
  • Representations on licensing apply to licensing in the state of Indiana only. Potential students seeking licensing in other states should check with that state's educational licensing authorities on their requirements. For details, visit Important Information on Licensure.
  • This 39-credit-hour program may be completed in 14 months of full-time study if the student begins in summer (June) and follows our recommended sequence. Students do have the option of extending the program should they choose a less aggressive schedule. The University allows part-time students to take up to seven years to earn the degree, although the program is typically completed in far less time.
  • This online program is open to eligible students in the U.S. (including the District of Columbia and all U.S. territories). The program is closed to students residing in countries other than the U.S. except for U.S. military and State Department personnel and their family members with APO/FPO addresses.

Note: In addition to this online master's program, the University offers the Master of Science in special education on the Indiana State University campus, located in Terre Haute, Indiana.

Fees and Expenses:

Students in this master's program pay the same University fees as other online students, including online education delivery fees. In addition, students pay a one-time assessment fee of $100 (subject to change).

Required Courses

All education licensure programs and related school programs are accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education and the Indiana Department of Education. The Special Education Program follows the standards established by the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC).

Financial Aid & Assistance

Graduate students may be eligible for federal student loans if they are admitted into graduate degrees (or first-time teacher certification programs) and meet other eligibility requirements. Certificate programs are not eligible for financial aid. Private alternative loans can help students pay college expenses that may not be covered by federal loan programs or other financial aid. For more information, visit financial aid.

In addition, students may be eligible for payment plans and veterans benefits.

Further Information

For further information and assistance, contact:

College of Graduate and Professional Studies
Indiana State University
(812) 237-3005


The Graduate Catalog and Undergraduate Catalog of Indiana State University are the documents of authority for all students. The requirements given in the catalogs supersede information issued by any academic department, program, college, or school. The University reserves the right to change the requirements at any time.



College of Graduate and Professional Studies
Indiana State University
(812) 237-3005