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MS in Special Education St Cloud State University


Course info


The Special Education program will prepare you to create effective teaching and learning environments for individuals with disabilities in state, national and global communities. You will be equipped with professional knowledge and skills to assume a leadership role in public schools, group homes, residential treatment programs or a variety of community-based programs.

Plan A: Thesis exam requires 30 credits.

Plan B: Starred Paper and comprehensive exam requires 33 credits.

Program Highlights

  • Available for full-time and part-time students
  • Six graduate assistantships offered in supervision of undergraduate field experiences or with assessment and assistive technology labs.
  • Five graduate certificate programs in special education provide the coursework required for licensure including: Academic and Behavioral Strategist, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Developmental Disorders, Emotional/Behavioral Disorders and Learning Disabilities.
  • Rolling admission is available and students are admitted for fall, spring and summer terms.

Course options

Here are the different ways in which you can study MS in Special Education.

Full Time (30-33 credits)

Tuition fees

$12,444.00 (9,13,079) per year


26 Aug, 13 Jan, 18 May, 24 Aug


School of Education

720 4th Avenue South,

Education Building A110,



56301, United States

Entry requirement for international students

An applicant must meet one of the following Grade Point Average (GPA) standards to be eligible for academic admission consideration to the School of Graduate Studies:

  • Possess at least an overall 2.75 GPA (4.0 scale) in your previous undergraduate work.
  • Possess at least an overall 2.75 GPA (4.0 scale) in the last half of your undergraduate work.

An applicant with graduate coursework must meet one of the above requirements plus possess at least an overall 3.0 GPA (4.0 scale) in his/her graduate course work.

English Language Requirements:

  • A Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 79 or higher on the Internet-based exam with no sub score below 17, or a score of 550 or higher on the paper-based exam.
  • A score of 6.5 or higher on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) (Academic Test only; General Training test not accepted)
  • A score of 57 or higher on the Pearson Test of English (pilot project.)

* Please check with your chosen school for the exact entry requirements for your programme.

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