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Master's in Special Education – Indiana Licensure

If you want to teach special education in the state of Indiana, discover the Master of Science in Special Education program at Indiana Wesleyan University. With the skills you learn in this master’s in special education online you can confidently step into leadership in a special education program. Discover how IWU helps students achieve their professional goals in a flexible, faith-based learning environment.

Why Pursue My Master’s in Special Education Online at IWU?

There are several benefits to earning your MS in Special Education online at IWU. This accredited degree program is taught by faculty with experience in special education teaching and administrative roles. We also provide student services, from tech support to tutoring, to help you succeed in this master’s in special education online program. Our Christian faculty teach from the same biblical worldview valued on our campus, so that students can implement these principles in a fulfilling special education career. Plus, we lock in the cost of your education as soon as you start this sped teacher program.

What Will I Learn in This MS in Special Education Program?

This program is designed for practicing teachers who want to earn their special education teacher license in Indiana.  Coursework and collaborative projects are geared to help you become effective at delivering instruction, assessing, and improving learning outcomes for learners with mild to moderate disabilities. Online course materials are delivered through virtual reality, video discussion, concept maps, demo videos, and other tech-driven applications. Courses cover a complete spectrum of critical special education topics, including research-based interventions, autism spectrum disorders, ethical practices, and more.

What Makes IWU Different?

Education Pioneer

IWU has provided on-campus education for more than 100 years.

Rooted in Christ

Faith-integrated curriculum and a commitment to changing the world.

Superior Support

Center for Student Success for counseling, tutoring, and more!

Tuition & Aid

33 Credit Hours


$499/ Credit Hour

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

Financial AidTuition Info

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
What You Will Study in This MS in Special Education Program

The curriculum for this master’s in special education online program covers how 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

After Graduation
Potential Careers

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

Work in Various Industries

  • Industry

Program Requirements
  • 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.

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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.
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