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

You may be also interested to know that our graduate certificates and license options can be combined in a variety of ways to help you build your own master's degree in special education.

Many of the courses used for the 100 percent online master’s degree in special education can also be used toward various licensing programs in special education. However, completion of this program does not provide you with an initial teaching license. Contact the Office of Teacher Education Services for more information regarding teacher licensing.

Program Credentials

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 verified by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB).

Course Requirements

The master's degree requires completion of 30 credits of graduate course work in special education, or equivalent as approved by the department chair, including a research course. Coursework can include classes taken for a departmental graduate certificate or an add-on teaching license.  If you are pursuing an add-on teaching license, you will follow a plan a study prescribed by special education licensure standards.  You are also required to get a licensure evaluation from Ball State's Office of Teacher Education Services and Clinical Practice before starting the program.

Focus Areas

*Please check with a program adviser first if you are thinking about multiple certificates or licenses about requirements.
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Ready to Apply?

You will first want to check if you meet the admission requirements for the Ball State Graduate School. Then you may apply.

No GRE is required.

Application Deadlines

Both the special education and ABA master's degree programs have three application deadlines:

  • Fall Semester: July 10
  • Spring Semester: December 7
  • Summer Semester: April 15

Summer semester courses are available.

Transfer Credits

You may transfer up to 9 graduate credits to the special education master’s degree. You must have earned at least a B and have been taken those courses within the past 6 years from an accredited college or university. Contact special education advisor Bonnie Krupa if you have questions about course equivalency.


Admission to Ball State is selective, and we carefully evaluate all application on an individual basis. Applying for admission is easy. Use our convenient, comprehensive, and secure online application.

Note: We do not require letters of recommendation or any separate application materials for the master’s in special education or the master's in ABA.

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Students from Other States

Ball State is authorized to accept online students from all U.S. states. However, certain states have regulations regarding licensing programs in nursing and education. Learn more about state authorizations for non-Indiana students.

International Applicants

If the degree is offered only in an online format, U.S. policies will not allow you to come to the U.S. and take only online courses. However, you may be able to study online from your home country. 

International Students Studying Online Only

If you’re an international student, in addition to meeting the requirements above, you will first need to meet the admission requirements for international graduate students. For information about the international admission process, contact the Rinker Center for International Programs.

If you are receiving sponsorship from your government for your studies, please confirm with your sponsor that you are permitted to enroll in online education courses. It is your responsibility to determine if you can enroll in online courses per your sponsor (if applicable), and the laws and policies of your nation and the United States.

International Students Studying on Campus 

You can only study on campus if the degree has either an on-campus or blended option. Online only degrees cannot be taken on campus. If you’re an international student and wish to study on our main campus in Muncie, Indiana, you will first need to meet the admission requirements for international graduate students. For information about the international admission process, contact the Rinker Center for International Programs

Admission deadlines for international students are earlier. 

Please review the admission deadlines from the Rinker Center so that there is plenty of time to review your application before enrollment deadlines.

Want to Learn More?

Do you have questions about this program or online learning? We’re here to help! You may request more information using our online form, or feel free to reach out directly to one of our staff.

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