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M.S.Ed. in Special Education, Specialization in Advanced Special Education Practices


What will I study?

This degree is designed for students who wish to pursue advanced studies in one or more areas. Such areas include Assistive Technology Specialist (Learning Behavior Specialist II), Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA), Director of Special Education, or a specialized area that you design. The course of study will depend on your area of interest.

When/where are classes offered? Are any components offered online? Cohorts?

Classes for Advanced Special Education Practices and BCBA are offered in a hybrid online/in-person format. Online class sessions are determined by each professor. The BCBA course work typically occurs with 2-3 in-person meetings at the DeKalb campus other class sessions are held synchronously and asynchronously online. Director of Special Education classes may be offered in a hybrid format. Classes are available during fall, spring, and summer sessions.

Who would be interested in taking the program?

The Director of Special Education areas of study are open to anyone who already holds a professional educator license (for the exact requirements please visit Director of Special Education Certificate of Graduate Study. The BCBA area of study is open to anyone interested in becoming a Board Certified Behavior Analyst.

How you can customize your degree program (minors, electives, certificates, etc)?

In addition to the core coursework, students have the option to choose from a variety of electives.

Outcomes post degree

Depending on your area of study, the program prepares students to obtain a endorsement as a Director of Special Education. Students who complete the Board Certified Behavior Analyst course sequence will be eligible to sit for the BCBA exam.

Where are grads working?

Graduates of the program work with school districts or service providers throughout Illinois.

How do I apply?

Read about admission requirements; then apply!