In two years or less, you can earn a degree that 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 specialized courses in your preferred concentration: Mild Intervention or Intense Intervention.
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).
Founded in 1890, the University of Saint Francis has always been guided by Franciscan Values. We believe our Special Education graduates can profoundly impact their classroom by reverencing each student’s unique dignity, encouraging a trustful learning community, serving society, and fostering peace and justice.
We’ve structured the M.S.Ed. program 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 learnings.
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
24 months (can be reduced to 18 months based on transfer credit)
Coursework is collaboration-driven, promotes inclusive classrooms, and encourages diverse approaches
Special Education Teachers
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Special Education Teachers
Projected growth from 2016–2026
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2018
“USF education majors are provided a variety of opportunities to be successful in the special education setting, including a strong connection to theory and practice, and diverse clinical experiences and service projects. These opportunities allow students to develop and sharpen their knowledge of and skills in communication, instructional strategies and collaboration.”
As part of the 36-credit core curriculum, you’ll take courses such as:
*Students on a non-licensure track may take electives in place of these courses.
Our M.S.Ed. includes two possible concentration tracks. Choose the one that best aligns with your career goals:
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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.
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.
Find and connect with a USF alumni 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.
“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