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$61,500 National Median Salary for Special Education Teachers
37,600 Projected New Jobs through 2029
36 Credit Hours Required
$525 Cost Per Credit Hour
  • 2019 Best Online Master’s Degree Programs

Do Even More to Support Vulnerable Students

USF’s Special Education M.S.Ed. helps you make a meaningful impact in one of the highest-need areas within education, regardless of your prior teaching experience. In addition to foundational knowledge you can apply in any setting, you’ll take courses to specialize in either Mild Intervention, Intense Intervention, or both.

  • If you seek a teaching license, this program prepares you for initial Indiana licensure in Mild Intervention or Intense Intervention for Early Childhood (P–3), Elementary (K–6), Secondary (5–12), or P–12.
  • If you’re already licensed, this program can enhance your existing skill set and prepare you for career advancement.
  • If you don’t seek a teaching license, this program can help you excel as a special-needs teacher and trainer in non-school settings.

Plus, an M.S.Ed. from the University of Saint Francis puts a premium on quality and affordability. For less than $20,000, you can complete a special education program with full National Recognition by the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC).

Guided by Franciscan values, USF Special Education graduates profoundly impact their classroom by reverencing each student’s unique dignity, encouraging a trustful learning community, serving society, and fostering peace and justice.

Taught by experienced online instructors, the M.S.Ed. program is structured to help you balance life and school obligations. USF’s online Virtual Campus has up to six start dates during the year, and courses are offered in short eight-week sessions, with a 16-week practicum and 16-week clinical internship cementing your learning.

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Graduates of the M.S.Ed. in Special Education program will master the 10 Interstate Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (InTASC) standards:

  • Learner Development
  • Learning Differences
  • Learning Environments
  • Content Knowledge
  • Application of Content
  • Instructional Practice
  • Planning for Instruction
  • Instructional Strategies
  • Professional Learning and Ethical Practice
  • Leadership and Collaboration

M.S.Ed. Program At A Glance

Meeting the graduation requirement of 36 credit hours includes 27 credits of core curriculum courses, 6 credits in your chosen concentration (Mild or Intense Intervention), and 3 elective credit hours. You can also choose to specialize in both Mild and Intense Intervention by taking select electives and just one additional course.

Professional Licensure Disclosures

  • All education and special education licensure programs at USF meet requirements for Indiana state licensure.
  • If you desire a license from a state other than Indiana, please contact the State Department of Education for that state for clarification on obtaining licensure.
  • Relocating to another state during the course of a program could impact whether or not you meet that state’s requirements. Please contact the appropriate licensing agency for professional licensure eligibility requirements.
  • USF students enrolled in teacher education programs are being prepared to test for the Indiana teaching licensure exam. However, students are not required to sit for the Indiana licensure exam to earn the degree.

For more information on professional licensure disclosures, please click here.

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Why Choose USF for Your M.S.Ed. in Special Education Online?

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Institutionally and Programmatically Accredited and Recognized

HLC-NCA: University of Saint Francis is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (hlcommission.org), a regional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Indiana Department of Education

CAEP (formerly NCATE): Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation

CEC: National Recognition from the Council for Exceptional Children

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Complete In Two Years Or Less

24 months (can be reduced to 18 months based on transfer credit)

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Values-Based Curriculum

Coursework is collaboration-driven, promotes inclusive classrooms, and encourages diverse approaches

$525 per credit

(2021–2022 academic year)

Save time—and money—through transfer credits and financial aid.

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Potential Career Settings

  • Public schools (early childhood, elementary, secondary)
  • Private schools
  • Childcare services
  • Social services

National Median Salary

Special Education Teachers

$61,500

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Projected New Jobs

Special Education Teachers

37,600

Projected growth from 2020–2030
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics


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Meet Your Program Director

Juanita Oberley
Director of Special Education and Assistant Professor

“Special Education is a beautiful calling that allows educators to work with some of society’s most vulnerable students. With Franciscan values as our guide, USF Special Education majors are provided the tools and clinical practice to make a difference in the lives of students.”


Support Services at the University of Saint Francis Help Online Students Like You

Dedicated Success Coach

Each online student at the University of Saint Francis is assigned an experienced success coach. Your coach can assist you with resources to complete class projects, help you get in touch with instructors and staff, and connect you with career services.

Smarthinking Tutoring Service

Need a little extra help? Smarthinking is accessible online and offers video tutorials 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Live tutoring or writing sessions are available for any degree program every Sunday through Thursday.

USF Mentoring Program

Find and connect with a USF alumnus and receive one-on-one mentoring in your career or program. Create your profile, get matched, schedule meeting times, and attend training workshops. The program is free and completely online.

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“My USF professors knew I was working and there would be days they needed to be flexible with my assignments. The compassion and individual attention USF gives each student became a model for the individual compassion I need to show my students.”

—Amy Frangella, USF M.S.Ed. in Special Education Graduate

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