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

Focus Areas

For those offered completely online, you can follow one of two sample plans of study and earn your master's degree in five semesters.

100 percent online

  • Applied Behavior Analysis
  • Autism
  • Director of Special Education/Exceptional Needs
  • Response to Interventions
  • Severe Interventions

Blended programs

  • Deaf Education (Hearing Impairment)—combination of on-campus classes in Muncie, Indiana, and on-site at the Indiana School for the Deaf in Indianapolis
  • Early Childhood Special Education—combination of online courses and face-to-face classes at Ball State in Muncie, Indiana
  • Mild Interventions—all online, except one class that meets at Ball State in Muncie, Indiana

Learn more about focus areas

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 approved by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB).

Build Your Own Degree

You may be also interested to know that our various 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 (pdf).

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.

Admission and Courses in the Program

Start your education now! Check out our admissions process and degree requirements for the program. If you are curious about transferring credits from another institution, contact our academic advisor, who will help you with that determination.