2020-2021 Graduate Catalog

Master of Arts in Special Education, 30 credits

Includes the following specializations: deaf and hard-of-hearing, mild interventions, intense interventions, early childhood special education, special education administration (Director of Exceptional Needs), emotional and behavioral disorders, multi-tier system of supports/response to intervention, disabilities in post-secondary settings with an emphasis in autism, applied behavior analysis, autism and general special education.

Completion of one or more of these specializations may lead to employment as master teachers in such situations as resource rooms, self-contained classrooms, and local, state, and private agencies or residential schools serving children, youths, and adults with disabilities. Graduates may also be prepared to serve as consultants in inclusionary settings.

It should be noted that completion of the Master of Arts in Special Education does not lead to initial teaching licensure. Students who hold an initial teaching license may be eligible for a license addition in an area of special education, provided they complete a license evaluation with Ball State’s Office of Teacher Education Services and Clinical Practice, complete all the coursework specified on the license evaluation, and pass requisite state licensing exams.

Degree requirements

The MA requires completion of 30 credits of graduate course work in special education, or equivalent as approved by the department chair, including a research course. Coursework can include classes taken for a departmental graduate certificate or add-on teaching license.

30 credits

Required course, 3 credits from

SPCE 566Introduction to Students with Orthopedic, Sensory and Multiple Disabilities

3

SPCE 600Education of Exceptional Children

3

SPCE 601Introduction to Disability Services in the Post-Secondary Setting

3

SPCE 606Multi-Tier System of Supports/Response to Intervention: Seminar

3

SPCE 609Introduction to Applied Behavior Analysis

3

SPCE 612Theory and Practice in Early Childhood Special Education

3

SPCE 632Introduction to Emotional and Behavioral Disorders

3

SPCE 639Special Education Administration and Organizational Behavior

3

SPCE 640Introduction to Deaf Education

3

SPCE 686Introduction: Mild Interventions

3

Four additional courses in specialization area

Total Credit Hours:12

Research requirement

SPCE 630Research Methods for Behavior Analysis

3

or

SPCE 636Research in Special Education

3

Total Credit Hours:3

SPCE directed electives (electives outside the department are subject to departmental approval)

Total Credit Hours:12

Total Credit Hours: 30