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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

ECSE Master’s Degree

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Master of Science Degree

All students must complete the 3 Research Core Courses (see below). Additionally, all of the courses completed as part of the ECSE licensure/certificate program (see below) can be applied towards the 35 graduate level credits required for the Master's Degree in Early Childhood Special Education.

Special Education Core Courses (3 credits)

  • SPED 661 Special Education Law (3)
  • SPED 645 Formal and Informal Clinical Procedures (4)
  • SPED 619 Introduction to IEPs, Professional Practice, and Educational Technology (4)

Courses Required for ECSE Licensure/Certificate (18 credits)

  • SPED 520 Education of Infants and Young Children with Developmental Needs (3)
  • SPED 621 Assessment of Infants and Young Children with Developmental Needs (3)
  • SPED 622 Collaboration with Families and Professionals (3)
  • SPED 625 Methods of Working with Infants and Young Children with Developmental Needs (3)
  • SPED 627 Graduate Student Teaching: Early Childhood Special Education (3 credits)
  • SPED 628 Seminar: Current Issues and Trends in ECSE (3 credits)

*ECSE program students who are Initial Teacher Licensure candidates can use any of the 16 credits required for Initial Teacher Licensure (see below) towards the 34 graduate level credits required for the master's degree.

Courses Required for Initial Teacher Licensure (16 credits):

Prerequisite Courses - (7 Credits, which cannot be counted toward the 34 credits required for Master’s degree)

  • 548 (4 cr) Behavior Management and Learning Environments for Diverse Learners
  • 605 (3 cr) Introduction to Psychology and Education of Exceptional Children and Youth

For those without a teaching license

  • SPED 509: Educational Psychology (4)
  • SPED 511: Differentiation and Accommodation in an Inclusive Classroom (4)
  • SPED 513: Advanced Pedagogy and Learning Theories (4)
  • SPED 514: Literacy Methods in an Inclusive Classroom: Diverse Learners (4)

Research Core Courses (7 credits)

All coursework for the Master's must be completed before taking the Research Core courses. The courses must also be taken in the sequence listed and cannot be taken simultaneously.

  • SPED 600: Introduction to Educational Research (3) OR SPED 603: Action Research
  • SPED 610: Using Educational Research (3)
  • SPED 694: Preparing Capstone Project (1)

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