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Master of Science in Education – Special Education Intervention Specialist Mild/Moderate Disabilities Online

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Program Overview

The Master of Science in Education – Special Education – Intervention Specialist Mild/Moderate Disabilities online program is designed to give educators the specialized knowledge and skills they need to teach children with limited special educational needs in grades K-12.

$12,450* Total Tuition
As few as 12 months** Program Duration
30 Credit Hours
$12,450* Total Tuition
As few as 12 months Program Duration
30 Credit Hours
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In this 100 percent online program, you will study the characteristics and behaviors of exceptional individuals, including those with learning, developmental and emotional disabilities, and learn the best strategies to improve their transition from school to adult life. You will also learn how to use rigorous standards to plan, accommodate and assess curricula across content areas to meet the academic needs of all learners.

This M.S.Ed. program meets the standards of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC). Learn from our accomplished practitioner faculty and gain the support and tools you need to prepare for new career opportunities such as Intervention Specialist, Resource Teacher, or Special Education Support Administrator. No teaching license is required to enter this program.

In this program, you will learn to:

  • Analyze learners to determine unique needs using the principles and theories of human development
  • Prioritize areas of the general curriculum and provide accommodations for individuals with exceptional learning needs
  • Individualize instruction to meet the unique learning, communication, social and behavioral needs of exceptional students
  • Develop and use appropriate technology adaptations for individuals with exceptional learning needs
  • Demonstrate appropriate classroom management strategies
  • Use formal and informal assessment to evaluate the progress of individuals with exceptional learning needs
  • Write, monitor and adjust IEP goals to inform academic and behavior-related goals
  • Use research to inform classroom practices

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Tuition

YSU offers students the opportunity to earn their online degree with affordable, pay-as-you-go tuition.

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$415* Per Credit Hour
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$12,450* Total Tuition

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Additional Fees

Application: $45 (waived if you are an active/veteran military member)

Financial Aid

Financial aid is available for those who qualify. The first step in applying for financial aid is to file your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). YSU's Federal School Code is 003145.

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Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships
One University Plaza
Meshel Hall, 203
Youngstown, OH 44555

Phone: 330-941-3505
Fax: 330.941.1659
Email: ysufinaid@ysu.edu

Calendar

At YSU, we offer multiple start dates throughout the year so you never have to wait long to get started on your online degree program. The chart below shows upcoming start dates, along with important deadlines, such as when your application should be submitted and when payments are due.

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Admissions

YSU's online M.S.Ed. programs have specific requirements that applicants must meet to enroll. Please read the admission guidelines to ensure you qualify.

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  • Complete online application for admission
  • Pay $45 application fee ($90 International). Waived for active/veteran military members or for applicants who have attended the College of Graduate Studies in the past.
  • Minimum 2.5 GPA
  • Names and contact information for 3 professional references (in online application)
  • Submit official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate coursework from regionally accredited institutions
  • Submit official scores for the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) (waived for applicants who have an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher)

Transcripts must be mailed from the granting institution or sent electronically through a secured server vendor.

Mailing Address:

YSU College of Graduate Studies
One University Plaza
Coffelt Hall
Youngstown, OH 44555

Email Address:
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Courses

For the Master of Science in Education – Special Education – Intervention Specialist Mild/Moderate Disabilities online, you are required to take 10 courses for a total of 30 credit hours.

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SPED 6900: Issues, Trends & Ethical, Legal and Professional Guidelines in Special Education

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course is designed to provide the candidate with an exploratory study of the issues, trends and ethical, legal and professional guidelines in special education Candidates will become familiar with legal policies and procedures as well as practice ethical guidelines as related to students with exceptionalities. Candidates will understand how to advocate for improved outcomes for learners with exceptionalities and their families and design and implement professional learning activities to increase their own practices.

SPED 6906: Understanding and Addressing the Characteristics and Behaviors of Learners with Exceptional Needs

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course is designed to provide the candidate with the knowledge and understanding of how individuals with exceptionalities grow and develop in an inclusive learning environment. Candidates will understand how multiple influences, including diversity, families, communities and individual differences shape an individual with an exceptionality’s development and learning. The candidate will then use this knowledge to develop high-quality learning experiences based on strengths and needs.

SPED 6914: Behavior Management for Educators

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course is designed to address the social-emotional and behavioral needs of children with mild to intensive needs, including those needing intensive support due to disability or trauma. It provides education candidates with effective routines and procedures consistent with the science of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) to create a safe, caring, respectful and productive learning environment as well as a range of preventive and responsive practices. Candidates will apply specific tools grounded in the principles of ABA with ethical strategies being of particular focus. Candidate skills will be grounded in the ability to plan, implement and evaluate behavioral interventions and social skills programs within any special educational service delivery model.

SPED 6916: Planning, Teaching, Accommodating and Assessing Learners with Mild-Intensive Exceptional Needs

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course is designed to provide the candidate with knowledge of general and specialized curricula for students with exceptionalities. Based on each individual’s needs, the candidate will understand how to use rigorous content standards to plan, accommodate and assess the curricula across all content area. The candidate will grasp how to modify the general and specialized curricula to make them accessible and in alignment with the rigorous content standards for individuals with exceptionalities.

SPED 6917: Effective Instruction for Learners with Exceptional Needs

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course is designed to provide knowledge about development and assessment data for individuals with exceptionalities, to inform decisions about effective instruction. Candidates will understand how to use explicit and systematic instructional strategies including active student engagement and motivation, differentiated instruction, flexible and small groups, specialized individualized instruction, self-regulated learning and meta-cognition strategies. The candidate will then use this knowledge to plan and guide instruction to meet the rigorous content goals for each individual’s academic and social-behavioral needs.

SPED 6928: Transition to Adult Life

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course is designed to provide candidates with best practices of the professional collaboration process to include specific culturally responsive models and strategies to improve the transition from school to adult life including career readiness, community and domestic skills for students with mild to intensive learning needs. Candidates will develop a team training model and evaluate culturally responsive, evidence-based practices regarding the transition process for students. Individual strengths and characteristics will be considered to facilitate social, vocational and daily living skills for all learners and their families.

SPED 6929: Assessment of Exceptional Learners

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course focuses on the educational assessment process for exceptional learners. Topics include state and federal regulations, data collection techniques, formative and summative assessment, and test interpretation as well as the importance of instructional alignment between objectives, assessment and instructional strategies.

TCED 6932: Action Research in Urban and Rural Education

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course focuses on action research as it applies to urban and rural education. Topics include reflecting to identify a problem, reviewing literature, planning and implementing interventions, data collection and analysis strategies, and sharing outcomes with others. Course may be offered onsite, online or as a combination of both. Field experience in an appropriate educational setting is required.

SPED 6931: Field-Based Practicum with Moderate/Intensive Exceptional Learners in Grades K-6

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Practicum experience, with moderate/intensive exceptional learners within grades K-6, in which the candidate acquires and demonstrates the knowledge, skills and dispositions to design and implement data-guided, standards-based instruction with differentiated methods, assessments that promote learner growth including effective feedback, and collaboratively work with teacher(s), parents/guardians, and related service professional(s) to implement instruction to meet learners’ diverse needs. Field hours required.

SPED 6932: Field-Based Practicum with Moderate/Intensive Exceptional Learners in Grades 7-12

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Practicum experience, with moderate/intensive exceptional learners within grades 7-12, in which the candidate acquires and demonstrates the knowledge, skills and dispositions to design and implement data-guided, standards-based instruction with differentiated methods, assessments that promote learner growth including effective feedback, and collaboratively work with teacher(s), parents/guardians, and related service professional(s) to implement instruction to meet learners’ diverse needs. Field hours required.

*In-state tuition.

**For holders of a bachelor’s degree in Special Education or initial special education license.

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