Online Master of Science in Special Education

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Overview of the Online MS Special Education Program


Broaden your impact – because all children are fearfully and wonderfully made. 

Are you a licensed teacher with a heart for empowering all students to achieve success? Grow your professional skills and prepare yourself to enhance the lives of students with disabilities with a Master of Science in Special Education. Our program sets you on the path to becoming a licensed special education teacher in Indiana or Ohio, offering:

  • 100% online courses
  • Accelerated program with 3 start options annually
  • Christ-centered approach to special education

Licensure - Indiana & Ohio

The Master of Science (M.S.) degree program with a major in Special Education is offered in an online format. The program is designed for practicing classroom teachers seeking training in special education for students with mild to moderate disabilities. Candidates will complete a 33-credit hour M.S. program, which aligns to the initial licensure standards established by the Council for Exceptional Children state licensure requirements for Ohio, and the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation's advanced-level program standards. Courses are designed to provide participants with methods and materials to serve students with exceptionalities through mild to moderate intervention. Candidates completing this program qualify for Indiana or Ohio state licensure.

Prior to applying to the program, candidates seeking licensure are responsible for being knowledgeable of the licensure requirements of their state and whether or not IWU's MS Program will satisfy the requirements of the state in which they are seeking licensure.

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You’ll Learn To…

  • Identify diverse cultural and linguistic needs and develop culturally responsive learning plans
  • Individualize learning for students with exceptionalities
  • Create safe, inclusive learning environments by implementing evidence-based behavioral interventions for students with exceptionalities
  • Collaborate with families, colleagues, related service providers, and other stakeholders to provide appropriate learning experiences for students with exceptionalities.

Career Options

  • Program Coordinator in Special Education
  • Department Chair in Special Education
  • Special Education Instructor, Teacher, or Adjunct Faculty


33 Total
$499/ Credit Hour *

Applicable fees for resources and services will be assessed throughout the program. Tuition and fees for prerequisites and required elective courses are in addition to the charges shown on the program cost sheet. Your tuition rate will remain the same as long as you remain continuously enrolled in the same program. Cost sheets may be requested from an enrollment counselor by calling 866.498.4968 or emailing


Financial aid is available in the form of grants, loans, scholarships, veterans benefits, and employer reimbursement.


Here is the list of courses required to complete the program. Full course descriptions may be viewed by clicking on the course titles. For further information, feel free to contact us.

11 Core Courses

These courses contain the program-specific knowledge. Upon completion, you should have the tools to conquer your new career with confidence.



Click on each section to expand the different requirements for this program. If you have any questions about the admissions process, feel free to contact one of our admissions representatives at 1-866-498-4968.

  • A baccalaureate or graduate degree from a college or university that is accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by both the U.S. Department of Education (ED) and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) verified on original transcripts sent by the institution directly to Indiana Wesleyan University. Transcripts from foreign institutions may need to be sent to an outside agency for evaluation and determination of transferable credits, degrees, and GPA. If this outside review is necessary, students are responsible for the initiation of this evaluation and for any fees incurred during the process.
  • An undergraduate GPA of 2.75 or higher from the baccalaureate degree granting institution at which at least of minimum of 30 hours was completed.
  • A valid (but not necessarily current) state teacher’s license. (Not required for non-licensure candidates.)
  • At least one year of teaching experience from an approved and accredited public, private, or parochial P-12 school in the United States or abroad. (Not required for non-licensure candidates.)
  • Supporting documentation demonstrating access to a P-12 classroom.
  • Submitted a signed SILD FERPA Release form.

  • Successful completion of the M.S. curriculum.
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above in all graduate work and a minimum grade of "B-" in each course.
  • Payment of all tuition and fees is required to receive a diploma.

Field and Clinical Experience Requirements

All candidates must complete field and clinical experiences embedded within the special education courses.


The M.S. Special Education at Indiana Wesleyan University has many convenient starts throughout the year. Listed below are the next available starts. If you don’t see a start that fits your schedule, connect with our enrollment team to see more future starts.


Indiana Wesleyan University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC),, 312-263-0456. Other accreditations and associations of Indiana Wesleyan University are available at

Education programs at Indiana Wesleyan University are accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), 1140 19th Street, Suite 400, Washington, D.C. 20036, 202-223-0077.

*Effective 07-01-2023 through 06-30-2024