Special Education

Program Summary

The Master of Science in special education program is ideal for both students and professional teachers wishing to specialize in one of several areas of emphasis. You will study theory, research and best practices as you work toward additional teaching endorsements, an initial Illinois professional educator license or national certification, as determined by your specialization.

Graduate Catalog Program Information

Program-specific Admission Information and Requirements

Affiliated College: College of Education

Degree(s) Offered: M.S.Ed. in Special Education

Area(s) of Emphasis:

  • Specialization in Advanced Special Education Practices
  • Specialization in Vision Rehabilitation Therapy
  • Specialization in Behavior Analysis
  • Specialization in Learning Behavior Specialist I
  • Specialization in Orientation and Mobility
  • Specialization in Visual Impairments

Program Requires GRE: No

Letters of Recommendation: 2

University Requirements

Application Deadlines

All application materials must be received by the appropriate deadline below to ensure priority consideration.

Internationals Living Abroad Applicants Residing in the U.S. Priority Consideration
Fall May 1 July 15 June 1
Spring October 1 December 10 November 1
Summer June 1 April 1

Contact Us

Department of Special and Early Education
Gabel Hall 159
Program website
seed@niu.edu
815-753-1619

Department Chair
Laura Hedin, Ph.D.
lhedin@niu.edu
815-753-8421

Application Contact
Kate Donohue
cdonohue@niu.edu
815-753-1997

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