Special Education, MS

for the degree of Master of Science in Special Education


graduate student services office: 142 Education Building

                  1310 South Sixth

                  Champaign, IL 61820

phone: (217) 244-3542

website: https://education.illinois.edu/gsso 


department website: https://education.illinois.edu/sped

department faculty: Special Education Faculty


overview of college admissions & requirements: College of Education  

college website: https://education.illinois.edu/


The Department of Special Education offers many programs leading to the degree of Master of Science (M.S.).  A list of programs and additional requirements can be found on the program's website, the College of Education Graduate Programs Handbook, and the Graduate College Handbook.

Psychological Foundations Courses in Educational Psychology
Select one of the following:4
Psychology of Learning in Education
Child Language and Education
Sociocultural Influence on Learning
Adjustment in School Settings
Personality and Soc Dev
Psychology of Classroom Management
Adult Learning and Development
Learning and Human Development with Educational Technology
Early Adolescent Development
Assessing Student Performance
Developments in Educational Psychology
Global Issues in Learning
Philosophical and Social Foundations Courses in Education Policy, Organization and Leadership
Select one of the following:4
Poli & Cultural Context of Ed
History of American Education
Asian American Education
Historical & Social Barriers
Professional Ethics in Education
School and Society
Critical Thinking in Education
Aesthetic Education
Technology & Educational Reform
Sociology of Education
Racial and Ethnic Families
Politics of Education
Economics of Education
Select a minimum of 18 hours from the following:18
Disability Issues in Special Education
Supervised Practice in Special Education
Collaborative Leaders in Special Education
Leadership in Early Childhood Special Education
Field Study and Thesis Seminar
Elective Hours: 4
400/500-Level Hours Required: 4 hours (Independent Study included)
Research/Project/Independent Study Hours (min/max applied toward degree):0-8
SPED 599Thesis Research (min/max applied toward degree)2-8
Total Hours32

Other Requirements

Human Subjects Approval
Program/Licensure Requirements 10-61 hours depending on emphasis, http://education.illinois.edu/sped/programs
Minimum GPA 3.0