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Ball State University’s 100 percent online master of art in special education prepares you for numerous employment opportunities to serve children and adults with disabilities.

Program Credentials

Quick Facts

  Next Start Date: August 19, 2024

  • Delivery: 100% Online
  • Major Credits: 30
  • ABAI-verified course sequence
  • No GRE required
  • Nationally ranked by U.S. News

Our master’s in special education is nationally recognized by the Council for Exceptional Children, and its applied behavior analysis course sequence is verified by the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI). 

National Rankings

  • Our program is ranked 9th by U.S. News & World Report in best online master's degree programs in education.
  • U.S. News & World Report ranks our Master’s Degrees in Education Programs 21st in the nation for best online programs for veterans.

Federal Employees Pay In-State Tuition

Ball State has joined the Federal Academic Alliance and is offering reduced tuition rates for all eligible, non-Indiana resident Federal Government Employees (civil servants), spouses, dependents, and retirees who enroll in online graduate-level programs and courses through Ball State’s Teachers College. Learn more.

Course Requirements

Completion of 30 credits of graduate coursework in special education, or equivalent as approved by the department chair, including a research course, is required to earn your master’s degree. Coursework can include classes taken for a departmental graduate certificate or an add-on teaching license. Completion of this program does not provide you with an initial teaching license.

If you are pursuing an add-on teaching license, you will follow a plan of study prescribed by special education licensure standards and are required to complete a license evaluation with Ball State’s Office of Teacher Education Services and Clinical Practice before starting the program.

For a full list of program requirements and courses, see the course catalog.

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Focus Areas

Academic Advisor

Contact your advisor, who can answer questions you have about our program.

Ready to Apply?

Review deadlines, admission requirements, and application materials, then start your application.

Students from Other States

Ball State is authorized by the U.S. Department of Education to accept online students from all U.S. states. However, if you are considering a program that leads to professional licensure, some states may have additional regulations. Review our state authorization website if you live outside of Indiana and contact us if you have questions.

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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