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Est. Total Tuition $13,140
Credits Required 36
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Campus Locations 22
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Online courses have a set cost per credit. Online credits are not counted as part of your total credits shown in the university tuition table. Total tuition is based on current rates and tuition rates are subject to change without notice.

Cost Per Credit $0
Total for 36 credits $13,140
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This degree is a special program and has a tuition rate that is different from the standard Utah State University tuition rates. Tuition rates shown are current and subject to change without notice.

Cost Per Credit $365
Total for 36 credits $13,140
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Estimated total tuition is based on current rates and student fees for a Utah resident. Tuition rates subject to change. Some courses may have additional fees.

credits/semester $2,058
Total for 6 semesters $13,140
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In addition to the degree specific course requirements, there may be additional requirements for this degree. Visit the department website or speak with an advisor to determine what courses are needed in order to graduate.

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Courses for this degree take place in classrooms throughout our network of campuses. These courses may be available through Interactive Video Conferencing (IVC) which are broadcast to classrooms or courses may take place in the classroom where broadcasts originate. For more information about this and other delivery types, visit our course delivery page.

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Master of Science in
Special Education

The master's degree in special education at Utah State University is considered an advanced level of preparation for professionals who work with children, youth, and adults with disabilities. It is designed to develop and improve teaching skills in the classroom as well as to develop the skills of those who work with individuals with disabilities in community-based settings. Master’s degrees in Special Education are designed to improve educator competencies. Participants include school personnel and others involved in education-related activities across a variety of community, work, and clinical settings.

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Program Contacts

Teresa Simonsen - Advisor
Phone: (435) 797-3621

In addition to the courses listed below, additional courses may be required. Contact your advisor to determine what courses are needed in order to complete this program.

Required Courses

Department Core Requirements:

  • SPED 6020: Design & Evaluation of Effective Instruction
  • SPED 6300: Effective Practices with Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Populations
  • SPED 6060: Historical & Legal Foundations of Special Education

Research Core:

  • SPED 6700: Introduction to Educational and Behavioral Research
  • SPED 6720: Educational Applications of Behavior Analysis I
  • SPED 6740: Single Subject Research Methods and Designs

Plan A (MS) Additional Requirements:

  • SPED 6970: Thesis

   *Students must also complete 9-12 elective credits.

Plan B (MEd) Additional Requirements:

  • SPED 6960: Creative Project

   *Students must also complete 12 elective credits.

Concentration options:
Core and research core requirements differ

Administrative/Supervisory Concentration Additional Requirements:
Students may also complete coursework for the Administrative/Supervisory Certificate program. See Administrative/Supervisory brochure for required courses.

Board Certified Behavior Analyst Concentration Additional Requirements:
Students may also complete coursework to sit for the National Board Certified Behavior Analysis exam.