Special Education with MSD

Special Education with MSD

The Special Education program with concentration in Moderate to Severe Disabilities (MSD) is for candidates who wish to teach students with moderate to severe disabilities. The Special Education program is offered to candidates with a bachelor’s degree or certified teachers who hold a teaching certificate and wish to earn a Master’s degree in Special Education.

Program Type

Master of Arts (MA)

Program Contact

Professor Melody Deprez

Program Options

Core Courses

(36 hours required)

Field Component Courses

(3-6 hours required; select one course from one track)


Candidates are required to have field experiences with MSD students across the P-12 age/grade continuum.

Initial candidates must complete 15 weeks of student teaching with MSD students.

Candidates must pass the MSD specialty Praxis test.

Alternative Route (Option 6) Program: This program is designed for those currently teaching under temporary provisional certificates. This is for initial candidates only and will be required to take EDU623 for zero credit hours. This class is used to observe candidates who are not in a formal field placement class (ECE612, ECE614, ECE616).

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