Special Education Master of Science Program
The Special Education MS Program prepares special educators to provide collaborative leadership to foster moral development and improve learning and social competence of children with exceptionalities and/or challenging behaviors.
The program is innovative for faculty and students in both special education and school psychology. To prepare special educators to work collaboratively with multidisciplinary teams in their schools, the master's program models cooperative teaming and teaching with professionals in related disciplines.
The program serves licensed special educators in cohorts of up to 15 students. Students are expected to complete a set program of study together, which includes 30 semester hours of coursework and 6 hours thesis credit; 36 credit hours total. Students complete the program in two years by enrolling in 1-2 classes per semester or term. Classes are offered in the evenings to accommodate students’ work schedules during Fall and Winter semesters, and Spring term. Day classes are offered during Summer term. New cohorts are admitted every two years.
Applications for the program must complete the following requirements:
- Meet the entrance requirements and complete the admissions procedures of BYU Graduate Studies
- Special education teaching license or admission into a special education licensure program
- Provide evidence of successful experience as a contracted, licensed special education teacher for a minimum of two years (preferred, but not required)
- Have a grade point average of at least 3.0 for the last 60 semester hours of university coursework
- Submit scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or Miller’s Analogy Test (MAT)