Master of Education in Special Education - Assistive Technology Specialization

The Assistive Technology Program is designed to prepare teachers and other professionals to support students by using assistive technology. Access to assistive technology enables individuals with disabilities to participate more fully in their homes, schools and communities.

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Master of Special Education - Assistive Technology Specialization

The College of Education and Human Development at BGSU has adopted four core values: inquiry; risk-taking; collaboration; and partnerships. Each of these core values is integrated within the core courses of this program.

Our online graduate degree programs in education were recently recognized by U.S. News & World Report as being one of the best online education degree programs in the nation.Each candidate will take a series of courses developed to obtain the necessary hours required for a degree. Along with the degree, candidates will receive the skills needed to work effectively with individuals with special needs, their parents, teachers, professionals, and school districts seeking to introduce assistive technologies into multiple environments.

Application Requirements

To be accepted into this program, applicants must meet the following prerequisites:

  • Have a Bachelor's degree from an approved undergraduate program.
  • Have completed EDIS 5310 Teaching Students with Special Needs (3 Hours) OR its equivalent course.
  • Have an undergraduate cumulative GPA of 2.7 or a graduate cumulative GPA of 3.0.

Who should consider this degree?

Anyone supervising individuals with special needs, or who works with their parents teachers, professionals, and school districts, seeking to introduce assistive technologies into multiple environments. Anyone interested in learning more about assistive technology.

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Masters Courses (9 hours)

Fall, Summer. For leaders and resource personnel in special education services: consideration of critical issues and policies in special education and disability services.

Statistics as a tool in education and research, descriptive statistics, transformation of scores, sampling and probability, linear correlation and regression, introduction to statistical inference, basic tests of significance, and effect size. Approved for Distance Ed.


Identification and evaluation of research problems, research designs, use of library resources, data gathering, and writing research reports.

Special Education Courses (15 hours)

The aim is (a) to assist students in gaining an awareness of low and high tech systems and their features (b) to provide students with a wide variety of technological solutions in the following areas: computer access, technologies for individuals who are blind or who have low vision, technologies for individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing, seating and positioning technologies, mobility technologies, augmentative communication and aids for daily living.

The aim is: (a) to examine different instruments designed and adapted for data collections, (b) to emphasize importance of team decision-making in the assessment process is investigated to determine appropriate assistive technology solutions, and (c) facilitate a local collaborative team process for an individual, which culminates in a recommendation for an appropriate technology system.

The aim is (a) to assist students in exploring the multi-dimensional aspects of successful implementation of assistive technology, (b) funding options for the acquisition of specific types of technology, (c) legal implications related to service delivery, (d) strategies for on-going team involvement, and (e) support and training.  Specific data gathering strategies will be explored as a tool for classroom utilization and monitoring of student progress in the general curriculum will be included.  Family participation and the Individual Education Plan (IEP) process are emphasized as a means to ensure long-range goals.

The aim is to assist students in exploring assistive technology applications that can be integrated in universally designed learning environments and differentiated classrooms. Low tech solutions and modifications, customization of classroom computers and software programs, as well as assistive technology tool options will be explored with relevance to individual student goals that have been addressed in the Individual Education Plan (IEP). Local technology plans will be examined as a means to address needs of all students through inclusion of assistive technologies.

Fall, Summer. Concepts and strategies for identifying, selecting, modifying, and designing applications of assistive and facilitative technologies. The course will survey a broad range of computer and technology applications.

OR Approved Courses

Elective Courses (9 hours)

In consultation with the Coordinator of Graduate Studies in Special Education, other electives may be selected based on their connection to special education and/or assistive technology.

The following are approved electives. Other electives may be selected with prior approval from the program coordinator.  

Special Education

EDIS 5310 (3) Teaching Students with Exceptionalities in the General Education Classroom (restricted to students who have not taken an introductory course in special education within in the previous 6 years)

EDIS 6440 (3)  Nature and Characteristics of Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders

EDIS 6450 (3) Transition from School to Adult Life

EDIS 6710 (3)  Collaborative Consultation in Schools

EDIS 6840/6850 (1-4)  Special Topics in Special Education (up to 4 topics may be selected)

Classroom Technology

EDTL 6120 (3)          Classroom Technology for Teachers

EDTL 6140 (3)          Collaborating and Teaching with Internet Resources (available as needed)

EDTL 6150 (3)          Information Literacy for Teaching and Learning

EDTL 6180 (3)          Technology Tools for E-Learning

EDTL 6310 (3)          Technology in the 21st Century Classroom

EDTL 6360 (3)          Internet in the Educational Community

EDTL 6370 (3)          Distance Learning and Education

EDTL 6820 (1-3)       Topics in Educational Teaching and Learning (variable topics)

Masters Project/Thesis/Exam (1 hour)


On demand. Supervised study of selected problem and written product in fulfillment of requirement for graduate degree. Prerequisite: Graduate status and approval of Program Coordinator or School Chair.

Supervised independent readings in preparation for the master’s comprehensive examination. Graded S/U.

On demand. Credit for thesis study. An enrollment in excess of six hours is acceptable for a master’s degree, but no more than six hours are creditable toward the degree. The minimum acceptable total for the degree is three hours. Graded S/U.

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All graduate level programs use the same Graduate College Application. Note: There is a non-refundable application fee.

Have one official transcript from every college or university you have attended and GRE or PRAXIS II scores sent directly to:

Graduate College
120 McFall Center
Bowling Green State University
Bowling Green, OH 43403
United States of America

TOEFL scores are required from applicants whose native language is not English. For information on the GRE/PRAXIS/TOEFL tests, visit the Educational Testing Service website.

In addition to submitting the online application and transcripts to the Graduate College, applicants must submit the following to the School of Intervention Services:

Email all items below to siscohorts@bgsu.edu or send via snail mail (address below)

School of Intervention Services
College of Education and Human Development
451 Education Building
Bowling Green State University
Bowling Green, Ohio 43403