Master of Science in Special Education with a Concentration in Effective Instruction and Assessment for Students with Suspected and Identified Disabilities Online

Help students achieve their academic and behavioral potential.

Apply by: 6/20/22
Start class: 7/5/22
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Program Overview

What Our Online Master’s in Special Education Offers You

$12,900 Total Tuition
As few as 12 months Program Duration
30 Credit Hours

Enhance the lives and abilities of exceptional students with the online Master of Science in Special Education with a Concentration in Effective Instruction and Assessment for Students with Suspected and Identified Disabilities from the University of Southern Maine (USM).

This online master's in special education program is designed to equip educators with the fundamental skills, knowledge, and competencies to meet the needs of students with disabilities—in multiple settings. Prepare to effectively apply theory to practice and learn ways to implement specialized teaching, build effective curricula, and collaborate with other professionals to reach the best outcomes for exceptional students. Our curriculum promotes a multi-tiered system of support for students and incorporates standards from the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC).

Learning Outcomes:

  • Collaborate in culturally responsive ways to address the needs of individuals with exceptionalities across a range of learning experiences
  • Understand how exceptionalities may interact with development and learning and use this knowledge to provide meaningful and challenging learning experiences
  • Create safe, inclusive, culturally responsive learning environments so that individuals with exceptionalities become active and effective learners
  • Use knowledge of general and specialized curricula to personalize learning for individuals with exceptionalities
  • Proficient in the CEC standards of Learner Development and Individual Learning Differences, Learning Environments, Curricular Content Knowledge, Assessment, Instructional Planning and Strategies, Professional Learning and Ethical Practice, and Collaboration
  • Collaborate in culturally responsive ways to address the needs of individuals with exceptionalities across a range of learning experiences
  • Understand how exceptionalities may interact with development and learning and use this knowledge to provide meaningful and challenging learning experiences
  • Create safe, inclusive, culturally responsive learning environments so that individuals with exceptionalities become active and effective learners
  • Use knowledge of general and specialized curricula to personalize learning for individuals with exceptionalities
  • Proficient in the CEC standards of Learner Development and Individual Learning Differences, Learning Environments, Curricular Content Knowledge, Assessment, Instructional Planning and Strategies, Professional Learning and Ethical Practice, and Collaboration

As a graduate of this Master of Science in Special Education online program, you will be prepared to make an impact in educational roles and organizational settings such as:

  • K-12 Special Education Teacher
  • Behavior Intervention Specialist
  • Clinical Services
  • State Agencies
  • K-12 Special Education Teacher
  • Behavior Intervention Specialist
  • Clinical Services
  • State Agencies

$12,900 Total Tuition
As few as 12 months Program Duration
30 Credit Hours

Accreditation

The University of Southern Maine is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).

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Tuition

Our Budget-Friendly Tuition Can Be Paid as You Go

Our goal is for you to earn a high-quality degree that will help improve your career and income without taking on considerable financial debt.

Tuition breakdown:

$12,900 Total Tuition
$430 Per Credit Hour

Tuition breakdown:

$12,900 Total Tuition
$430 Per Credit Hour

Calendar

When to Apply, When Classes Start, When Tuition Is Due

The MS in Special Education online program offers convenient multiple start dates each year to accommodate your professional and personal schedules.

Now enrolling:

6/20/22 Apply Date
7/5/22 Class Starts
SessionProgram Start DateApplication DeadlineDocument DeadlineRegistration DeadlineTuition Deadline*Last Class Day
Summer 15/16/225/2/225/2/225/16/225/15/227/1/22
Summer 27/5/226/20/226/20/227/5/225/15/228/19/22
Fall 18/29/228/10/228/29/228/15/2210/14/22
Fall 210/24/2210/5/2210/24/228/15/2212/16/22

*The payment deadline for the second session of each term is the same as the first session deadline or ten days from the date of registration.

Now enrolling:

6/20/22 Apply Date
7/5/22 Class Starts

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Admissions

Steps to Being Admitted to Our Online Master’s in Special Education Program

The MS in Special Education online program has specific requirements that applicants must meet to enroll. Please read the admission guidelines to ensure you qualify.

Admission Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • 2.5 Minimum GPA
  • Official Transcripts
  • Contact Information for 3 Professional References

  • Online application
  • Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university
  • Minimum 2.5 GPA
  • Official transcripts (submitted directly from the granting institution) from all colleges/universities attended
  • Contact information for three professional references (in the online application)
  • Resume
  • Statement of purpose/essay (in the online application)
    • Upload your essay in PDF format in the online application or email your essay to [email protected]
    • Type a brief essay (300-500 words) on the following prompt: As someone with experience supporting individuals with suspected or indicated disabilities, describe why you are seeking a master's degree in special education. What is one aspect of your knowledge or experience that will be strengthened by earning this degree? How will earning this master's degree make a difference to the people and communities with whom you work?

Official transcripts (submitted directly from the granting institution) and other supporting documents may be mailed or emailed.

Mailing Address:
Application Processing Center
University of Maine System
P.O. Box 412
Bangor, ME 04402-0412

Email Address:
[email protected]

Courses

Read About Our Online Master's in Special Education Classes

For the MS in Special Education online program, you will complete a total of 10 courses equaling 30 credit hours.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This introductory course introduces principles of teaching and learning demonstrated to be effective in improving student success in academics, behavior, and social skills. Included in the course are preparing learning objectives, designing direct and explicit instruction to address the objectives, defining assessment data gathering and analyzing procedures, and determining student progress and instructional adjustments. The course provides fundamental knowledge and skills used in several courses throughout the program focused on the multi-tier system of student support for academics and behavior, including Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports and Progress Monitoring in reading and mathematics.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course is for educators working directly with students with suspected and identified disabilities. The course focuses on the role of special education in both a multitiered system of student support (MTSS) and the process for developing and implementing Individualized Education Programs (IEP).
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course examines the foundations (data, systems, and practices) and essential features of Positive Behavioral Support at all three tiers: class wide, targeted, and individual. Students will gain an understanding of basic principles and measurement of behavior and conduct applied projects that include creating, implementing, and evaluating data-driven intervention plans.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course is designed to prepare special educators and other professionals who work in schools to select, administer, score, and interpret measures of academic achievement. Numerous measures of academic achievement, including published norm-referenced tests, criterion-referenced tests, curriculum-based assessment and measurement, and performance-based assessments will be studied.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
The primary purpose of this course is to learn and analyze principles and skills of teaching and learning which are effective with students who need more intensive and individualized teaching (students with IEPs or who are currently being served on Tier Two or Three of the continuum of multitiered systems of student support).
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course includes lectures, discussions, guided practice and applied learning experiences in the scope and sequence of progressively more intensive reading instruction and assessment for students with reading difficulties in kindergarten through grade 12, including students with diverse abilities and backgrounds. Starting with the five foundations of reading instruction (e.g., phonemic awareness, alphabetic principle, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension), the course describes the features of universal (e.g., Tier 1) core reading instruction then provides guided practice and applied learning experiences to prepare teachers to use progressively more intensive reading instruction and assessment based on student learning needs. Participants will learn how to select and use scientifically validated reading instruction and assessment practices for students needing supplemental (e.g., Tier 2), intensive (e.g., Tier 3), and special education reading instruction and assessment. Special attention will be paid to the research supporting this instruction and assessment.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course includes lectures, discussions, guided practice and applied learning experiences in the scope and sequence of progressively more intensive mathematics instruction and assessment for students with mathematics difficulties in kindergarten through grade 12, including students with diverse abilities and backgrounds. Starting with the five foundations of math instruction (e.g., conceptual understanding, procedural fluency, strategic competence, adaptive reasoning, productive disposition), the course describes the features of universal (e.g., Tier 1) core math instruction then provides guided practice and applied learning experiences to prepare teachers to use progressively more intensive math instruction based on student learning needs. Participants will learn how to select and use scientifically validated mathematics instruction and assessment practices for students needing supplemental (e.g., Tier 2) and intensive (e.g., Tier 3), and special education mathematics instruction and assessment. Special attention will be paid to the research supporting this instruction and assessment.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course introduces students to the use of technology, including assistive technology, with all students, including those individuals with special learning and communication needs. A range of technologies will be examined, from low-tech devices such as simple switches to computers, adaptive devices, and software appropriate for individuals with disabilities.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course studies the concepts, principles, and techniques of educational research with an emphasis on scientific inquiry and problem-solving, designed for both the producer and consumer of educational research. Individual critiques and research reviews are completed.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course is an opportunity to gain, apply, and integrate knowledge and skill in exceptionality by planning and conducting a project. The project must be intellectually sound, have direct applicability to the student, and produce a high-quality product. Specific content and methods of evaluation are determined in conjunction with instructor. Prerequisites: EDU 600, matriculated students only, and program permission.
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