Masters of Science

Our Program

The Master of Science in Special Education, with either a Concentration in Mild/Moderate Support Needs (MMSN) or Extensive Support Needs (ESN), is offered as a master's program with the Education Specialist teaching credential in Mild/Moderate Support Needs (MMSN) or Extensive Support Needs (ESN). The two-year, 4-semester master’s degree program overlaps significantly with the Education Specialist credentials (the program is 5-semesters if you do not hold a general education credential). The Master of Science in Special Education recognizes that all candidates should be grounded in research and to know its direct applicability to the populations of individuals with disabilities. Evidence-based practices for diverse learners in inclusive school and community settings are the backbone of the program to ensure that all individuals may have access to, participate within, and learn across all environments. The master’s degree develops and facilitates both teacher leadership among its graduates and related leadership roles in the field.


  • Bachelor's Degree
  • Cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0
  • University Application
  • Department Application Packet
  • Completion of CBEST exam
  • Completion of CSET exam

Admissions related questions: Credential Student Service Center

Program Coordinator: Dr. Linda Smetana