Master of arts in special education ball state university

Master of Arts in Special Education

Looking to add special education to your existing license? Through Ball State’s MA in special education, you can choose one of seven focus areas and make that your teaching focus.

Focus Areas

While all of our focus areas include online classes, three of them are offered 100 percent online: autism, applied behavior analysis, and director of exceptional needs. These three focus areas can be taken in an accelerated format and they can be earned in less than 18 months.

Below are the seven focus areas and delivery formats:

  • Applied Behavior Analysis —all online and in an accelerated format
  • Autism —all online and in an accelerated format
  • Deaf Education (Hearing Impairment)—combination of on-campus classes in Muncie, Indiana, and on-site at the Indiana School for the Deaf in Indianapolis
  • Director of Special Education/Exceptional Needs —all online
  • Early Childhood Special Education —combination of online courses and live, face-to-face summer classes at Ball State’s center in Fishers, Indiana
  • Mild Interventions —all online except one class that meets at Ball State’s center in Fishers, Indiana
  • Severe Interventions —all online

Ball State’s master’s in special education is nationally recognized by the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC), and its applied behavior analysis course sequence is approved by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB).

Build Your Own Degree

Many of the courses used for the master’s degree in special education can also be used toward various licensing programs in special education. However, this program does not provide you with an initial teaching license. Contact the Office of Teacher Education Services for more information regarding teacher licensing.

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