Master of Special Education

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Prepare to serve as a competent and Christ-like leader in special education with Dordt’s Master of Special Education (M.SPED) program. The program is 100% online, and courses can be completed in as little as two years.

The program provides practical, hands-on learning experiences that will enable you to assess and address learning and behavioral difficulties. Learn to develop instructional strategies, inclusion opportunities, and behavior interventions. The program provides opportunities to work with professionals and parents to maximize learning opportunities for children.

Additionally, the ABA course sequence can be added to any of the M.SPED tracks to prepare you for certification as a BCBA. The sequence is approved by ABAI and meets coursework requirements for the BCBA certification exam.

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What are the admissions requirements for Dordt's Master of Special Education program?

To learn more, visit our admissions requirements page.

How much does Dordt's Master of Special Education program program cost?

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How many credits are required for Dordt’s Master of Special Education program?

The M.SPED program is 30 credits, with courses on instructional strategies, inclusion opportunities, behavioral interventions, and working with professionals and parents. Optional courses in Applied Behavior Analysis may be added to qualify for the BCBA certification exam.

How long does it take to complete Dordt's Master of Special Education program?

The program can be completed in two years. A typical plan of study includes one course every fall semester and spring semester and three courses every summer for two full years. A slower pace can reduce summer work to two courses in each of three summers.

Is Dordt's Master of Special Education program 100% online?

Yes, all of our courses are 100% online. No travel or on-campus residency is required.  

Tracks

Already hold a teaching license and looking to add a Master of Special Education degree? Choose from the following options: 

  • Instructional Strategist I
    Intended for the elementary, middle school, or high school classroom teacher, school special educator coordinator, or district special education professional, this program option can add a special education endorsement in mild/moderate to an existing elementary or secondary teaching license. 
    This track satisfies the requirements for the K-8 Instructional Strategist I: Mild/Moderate (260) and 5-12 Instructional Strategist I: Mild/Moderate (261) endorsements in the State of Iowa. Other states, provinces, or countries may vary.
  • Instructional Strategist II
    Intended for any level classroom teacher, school special educator coordinator, or district special education professional, this program option can add a special education endorsement in behavior disorders and learning disabilities to an existing elementary or secondary teaching license. Other states, provinces, or countries may vary.
    This track satisfies the requirements for the K-12 Instructional Strategist II: Behavior Disorders/Learning Disabilities (263) endorsement in the State of Iowa. Other states, provinces, or countries may vary.

Looking to earn a Master of Special Education degree along with initial licensure as a teacher? Enroll in the following option:

  • Instructional Strategist II + Initial Teaching License
    Intended for persons without a current teaching license, this track can prepare one for special education teaching in behavior disorders and learning disabilities at any grade level and for roles as a school special educator coordinator, or district special education professional. This track includes a student teaching requirement and two additional courses required for all Iowa teachers. Total requirement: 52 semester hours (15 courses).
    This track satisfies the requirements for the K-12 Instructional Strategist II: Behavior Disorders/Learning Disabilities (263) endorsement in the State of Iowa. Other states, provinces, or countries may vary.

Additionally, the following option can be added to any of the above programs to prepare you for certification as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA):

  • ABA course sequence
    Intended for teachers and special education professionals who wish to be nationally certified to work with behavior analysis in schools, districts, or clinics, this course sequence can be added to any of the tracks above. The course sequence consists of 21 additional credits (9 courses). National behavior analyst standards require certified BCBAs to hold a relevant master’s degree, complete these additional behavior analyst courses, and pass the national BCBA certification exam.