Master of Special Education Program Profile

More about Master of Special Education
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The Dordt University master of special education program prepares graduate students for teaching and administrative service in programs for diverse learners, equipping them with God-centered reflective and transformative skills, knowledge, and dispositions for teaching, learning, and leading.


  • Strong professional and personal relationships between professors and students
  • A program that combines theory and practice; students produce projects and materials they can immediately apply in their careers
  • The program is very flexible, 100% online, low cost, and provides a variety of licensing and endorsement options
  • Prepares professionals for service in a variety of positions including teaching, administration, and related services in schools as well as in clinical settings

Learning Objectives are based on the standards from CEC and BACB:

Council for Exception Children (CEC) Standards:

  • Standard #1 Foundations of Special Education
  • Standard #2 Development and Characteristics of Learners
  • Standard #3 Individual Learning Differences
  • Standard #4 Instructional Strategies
  • Standard #5 Learning Environments and Social Interactions
  • Standard #6 Language
  • Standard #7 Instructional Planning
  • Standard #8 Assessment
  • Standard #9 Professional and Ethical Practice
  • Standard #10 Collaboration

Behavior Analysis Certification Board Task List (5th ed.):

Section 1: Foundations

A. Philosophical Underpinnings

B. Concepts and Principles

C. Measurement, Data Display, and Interpretation

D. Experimental Design

Section 2: Applications

E. Ethics (Professional and Ethical Compliance Code for Behavior Analysts)

F. Behavior Assessment

G. Behavior-Change Procedures

H. Selecting and Implementing Interventions

I. Personnel Supervision and Management