Since most special education teachers in Indiana are graduates of Ball State, the Director of Special Education/Exceptional Needs License places you at the center of a network of superb educators.





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
While all of our focus areas include online classes, four of them are offered 100 percent online: autism, applied behavior analysis, director of exceptional needs, and response to interventions. For these four focus areas, you can follow one of two sample plans of study and earn your master's degree in five semesters.

Below are the eight focus areas and delivery formats:

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. 

Academic Advisor
Bonnie Krupa 
Department of Special Education 

Admission and Requirements
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.

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