The Master of Science in Education with a major in Special Education will lead to a Mild Intervention Teaching Certification. A master of science in education program requires a minimum of 36 graduate credit hours. This program includes graduate coursework in special education and research methods. You are eligible to complete the coursework if you hold a current general education teaching license.
The program based on the scholar-practitioner model is designed to produce teacher candidates who are able to read, interpret, and apply research in the special education classroom. You may choose a thesis or special project to complete your masters. You should discuss with your academic advisor your preferred path and complete all program requirements within 6.5 years from when you start the program.
There is a 60-hour field experience requirement for the masters' program. If you are currently employed by a school system, arrangements can be made for the 60-hours to be incorporated into the duties of the classroom or school.
The last course in the program is EDUC K595 which is a practicum in special education. In order to meet the state of Indiana licensing requirements this practicum must be completed within the duties of the special education teacher (not a general education teacher of an inclusive classroom). You may need to make modifications to your current work position and/or responsibilities. You must talk with a Special Education Faculty advisor about the specific situation.
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