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Master of Arts in Education

Special Education

A Focus on Special Education

There is an increasing need for qualified teachers in the area of special education. While many teachers take coursework in special education while earning their initial teaching certification and degree, further understanding in special education is valuable.

Marian University has a long history of educating teachers. Special education curriculum is already part of our initial degree at the undergraduate and graduate levels. This M.A.Ed. program allows the students to add the area to their existing teaching license with the state as well as earn master's level credential necessary for promotion and salary increases in some school districts.

Program Requirements

36 total hours required

Required Hours:

  • SPD 533: Assessment of Children with Exceptional Needs (3)
  • SPD 538: Exceptional Needs: Methods and Program Management (3)
  • SPD 540: Legal Aspects and Current Issues in Special Education (3)
  • SPD 549: Exceptional Needs: Collaborative Consultation (3)
  • SPD 552: Legal Aspects and Current Issues in Special Education (3)

One Course From (3 credits):

  • SPD 553: Teaching Reading Pre K-Elementary (3) OR
  • SPD 554: Methods for Transition and Career Assessment (3) 

Four Courses From (12 credits):

  • SPD 555: Language Methods in Special Education (3)
  • SPD 557: Mathematics Methods in Special Education (3)
  • SPD 560: Internship in Special Education (3)
  • SPD 571: Instruction with Assistive Technology (3)
  • SPD 573: Applied Behavior Programming in Special Education (3)

One Course From (3 credits):

  • SPD 585: Capstone in Special Education (3) OR
  • SPD 590: Research in Special Education (3) 
Students may be required to complete EDU 505 and/or 535 as prerequisites to the program. Students who are not required to take EDU 505 and/or 535 will need 3 elective hours to reach the minimum requirement of 36 hours.


Credit hours for completion. Two years of full-time study or three years of part-time year-round study.

Exceptional Needs

For More Information

Contact Cindy Farren, Assistant Professor, at cfarren@marian.edu or 317.955.6796.


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