This master’s degree program requires completion of at least 30 hours of graduate course work. A minimum of 15 hours must be completed in the major area of study, supplemented by a research course, and 9 hours of designated courses in a second area of special education. Typically, you will follow a plan of study prescribed by special education licensure standards.

Four of our options—autism, applied behavioral analysis, director of exceptional needs, and response to interventions—can be earned in five semesters.

Below are examples of courses that are typically offered through via classes that are online asynchronous (no fixed-times to meet), fixed-time online, live, off campus classes, or blended classes (which includes online and on-site requirements).

  • SPCE 566 Introduction to Physical Disabilities (3 credit hours) - Fixed-time online
  • SPCE 577 Intro to Severe Interventions (3 credit hours) - Fixed-time online 
  • SPCE 580 Educating High School Students with Severe Disabilities (3 credit hours) - Online asynchronous 
  • SPCE 600 Educating of Exceptional Children (3 credit hours) - Online asynchronous
  • SPCE 609 Introduction to Applied Behavior Analysis (3 credit hours) - Online asynchronous
  • SPCE 610 Behavioral Consultation (3 credit hours) - Online asynchronous
  • SPCE 611 Advanced Applied Behavior Analysis (3 credit hours) - Online asynchronous
  • SPCE 619 Professional Issues in Applied Behavior Analysis (3 credit hours) - Online asynchronous
  • SPCE 632 Introduction to Behavior Disorders (3 credit hours) - Online asynchronous
  • SPCE 634 Educating Students with Behavior Disorders (3 credit hours) - Online asynchronous
  • SPCE 636 Research in Special Education (3 credit hours) - Online asynchronous
  • SPCE 637 Organization and Administration of Special Education (3 credit hours) - Online asynchronous
  • SPCE 638 Field-Based Experience in ABA (3 credit hours) - Arranged- Online asynchronous
  • SPCE 680 Autism (3 credit hours) - Online asynchronous
  • SPCE 682 Autism Interventions (3 credit hours) - Online asynchronous
  • SPCE 686 Introduction to Mild Interventions (3 credit hours) - Online asynchronous
  • SPCE 687 Educational Assessment: Mild Interventions (3 credit hours) - While most work for this course is online asynchronous, this class meets for two Saturdays on the Ball State campus in Muncie, Indiana, for students to receive or return assessment kits, as well as instruction on the use of these instruments. However, students unable to attend these face-to-face sessions on campus will need to have access to a newer computer or mobile device capable of videoconferencing and will also be responsible for either obtaining the required assessment materials from their school system or pay shipping/mailing charges (two-way) to loan the materials from Ball State.
  • SPCE 688 Methods of Mild Interventions (3 credit hours) - Online asynchronous
  • SPCE 689 Verbal Behavior (3 credit hours) - Online asynchronous
  • SPCE 691 Supervising Human Service Staff in ABA (3 credit hours)- Online asynchronous

View the Graduate Catalog for the full degree requirements.

Certificate and License Options
If you’re still undecided about the master’s degree, another option to consider is one of our graduate certificates, which you can apply to one of our master’s degrees, or one of our license areas for an add-on license to your initial licensure. With these options, and with the right combination, you are able to build your own master’s degree (PDF).