Masters in Science Education in Special Education


Cost Varies

The Educational Leadership and Policy program is for individuals looking to attain a leadership role within their organizations by completing a degree program, graduate certificate, or licensure pathway. Program participants will develop the capacity to:

  • Envision and guide organizational change
  • Communicate effectively, engage constituents, develop people, and build community
  • Advocate and promote equity for diverse populations and respect for individuals
  • Integrate theory, data, research, and ethical standards into the context of one’s practice through continuous learning

Program Description

Graduate Program Options

Cross-categorical Special Education Licensure with MSE
The Post-bac K-12 Special Education Accelerated Licensure program leads to licensure in Cross-categorical Special Education, Kindergarten through Grade 12.

Early Childhood Special Education Licensure with MSE
The Post-bac Early Childhood Special Education Accelerated Licensure program leads to licensure in Early Childhood Special Education, Birth through Grade 3.

Director of Special Education & Pupil Services with MSE
The Director of Special Education & Pupil Services licensure program leads to the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction certification as a director of special education and pupil services (license code 80).

MSE Special Education Non-Licensure Program
The MSE Non-Licensure program is for students who have a bachelor’s degree and are seeking a master’s degree in the field.

Career Opportunities

The Department of Special and Early Childhood Education creates innovative partnerships with schools, families and communities in order to prepare special education professionals who:

  • serve as caring intellectuals in working with students with disabilities and their families.
  • possess the skills to function as effective collaborators (with students, families and professional colleagues), advocates and leaders in the school and community to enhance the lives of individuals with disabilities.
  • honor diversity and support the inclusion and full participation of individuals with disabilities within a mainstream school and community settings to the maximum extent possible.
  • are reflective practitioners striving to become lifelong learners continuously updating their knowledge and skills.
    base their professional decisions on empirical evidence.
  • use problem-solving strategies to improve the effectiveness of educational planning, curricula and instruction.


First Steps

The first step is to set-up a meeting with the graduate program coordinator. Bring your transcripts (an unofficial student version is acceptable) to your interview.

Your program of study will be developed and approved at your scheduled interview. Use the two-page program sheet you will receive at this meeting to monitor your progress in completing all requirements. The graduate program coordinator is the only faculty member who can determine program requirements, including waivers, transfers, etc.

After your initial interview, you must apply for admission to Graduate Studies.

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