Advanced Instructional Studies and Special Education

Master of Science in Education - Special Education


Do you want to help children with exceptional needs reach their potential?

Earning a Master of Science in Education degree in special education could be the perfect opportunity for progressing in your career. The program is driven by standards and research and are delivered through courses aligned to the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) standards. Candidates gain knowledge, skills and dispositions necessary to be productive and successful school instructors.

Teachers College also offers a Bachelor of Science in Special Education.


Courses meet online. Instruction, lectures and student presentations are delivered using web conferencing (Zoom and Big Blue Button).


Applicants for admission must submit an online graduate application form, current teaching license, and arrange for official complete transcripts of all undergraduate and/or graduate course work to be sent directly to the Henderson State University Graduate office. Applicant seeking admission must satisfy the general requirements of the Graduate School as well as requirements for the Program of Study for Special Education MSE/ALP and Developmental Therapist MS/Certification.


Faculty in the MSE Special Education program are experienced in working with students with exceptional needs in both public and private school settings. 

Portfolio/Exit Interview

Candidates must complete a portfolio as part of the Special Education program of study and MSE degree. A portfolio is an individualized collection of purposeful, interrelated materials which is ongoing and flexible. The portfolio becomes an assessment tool, which leads to self-improvement through the development of reflective thinking and inquiry. Candidates select artifacts from class assignments and align them to the appropriate Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) standards. The portfolio is evaluated using a rubric aligned to the CEC standards.

Special Education candidates are required to pass the Special Education: Core Knowledge and Applications 0354/5354 Praxis assessment prior to receiving their licenses.  


Dr. Charlotte White-Wright
Chair, Department of Advanced Instructional Studies and Special Education