Special Education (MSEd)

Support all individuals with diverse learning abilities and behavioral needs with our master's degree in special education, with optional specialization in visual impairment.

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Special Education (MSEd)

Enhance your educator preparation to support people?with diverse learning abilities and behavioral needs with Northern's?master’s degree in special education.??This program is designed for:

  • Current special education teachers who wish to advance their knowledge in their field as generalist special education teachers or teachers of students with visual impairments
  • Current K-12 general classroom teachers who'd like to pivot to special education?and diversify their skills
  • Teachers responding to the?market demand for?special education teachers and teachers of students with visual impairments

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Visual Impairment Specialization

Educators -?including special educators -?who already have state licensure can select the master’s degree program?or the master’s degree with specialization in visual impairments to expand their ability to serve students with disabilities. Northern has a?longtime partnership with the South Dakota School for the Blind and Visually Impaired, which is located in a brand-new building right next to campus in Aberdeen.?Northern is one of only three universities in the nation to include?a practicum in a school for the blind and visually impaired – and the only university with a school of the blind and visually impaired within the bounds of its campus.?The visual impairment specialization will prepare you to become a teacher of the visually impaired.?

ACCELERATED OPTION?

Start your master's degree early!?Northern's undergraduate special education majors can start the master’s during their senior or final year through an accelerated program, taking up to 12 credits in the master’s at the 500 level instead of the 400 level.?

ADMISSION

Applicants must have undergraduate preparation or certification in the one of the following areas:? early childhood, elementary education, secondary education, career technical education, K-12 education, early childhood special education or K-12 special education.

Other admission?requirements include:

  • Undergraduate GPA of 2.75
  • Completed?graduate application
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • $35 application fee
  • An official transcript
Internships 

Students must complete practicum requirements during the program. Students in the Visual Impairment Specialization will have the opportunity to complete their experiences in the new state-of-the-art SDSBVI on the NSU campus.? Practicums can be arranged locally or remotely.

For more information about internship options in this program, email?gradstudies@northern.edu.

Courses 

Course requirements coming soon!

Contact Information 

For information, please contact?Dr. Cheryl Wold,?program?graduate coordinator; or call the Graduate Studies Office at?605-626-2558.

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