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Graduate Programs in Special Education

The BGSU School of Intervention Services offers graduate programs in special education leading to the Master’s of Education (M.Ed.) in Special Education, eligibility for Ohio educator licensure, and university certificates. Program graduates are prepared to assist individuals with exceptionalities to access a quality education and assume roles as valued, contributing members of their communities. Our programs are designed to position graduates to take the next step in their professional development and career advancement.

M.Ed. in Special Education Programs

Are you interested in pursuing Ohio licensure as an intervention specialist at the graduate level? If so, our on-campus licensure programs are just for you. You will take licensure coursework as part of a master’s degree program in special education.

Intervention Specialist – Mild/Moderate Educational Needs (K-12)
Intervention Specialist – Moderate/Intensive Educational Needs (K-12)

Are you looking for the flexibility of completing your master’s degree entirely online? Expand your expertise by selecting one of our  specialized preparation programs in assistive technology, autism spectrum disorders or secondary transition.  Our online graduate degree programs in education were recently recognized by U.S. News and World Report as being one of the best online education degree programs in the nation.  Applications are accepted on a rolling basis with classes starting in August, January, and May.      

Special Education – General
Online Master of Education in Special Education with a specialization in Assistive Technology
Online Master of Education in Special Education with a specialization in Autism Spectrum Disorders
Online Master of Education in Special Education with a specialization in Secondary Transition

Master’s Degree Application Procedures

Online Graduate-Level Certificate Programs

Do you desire specialized training in a focused area of study through the convenience of an online program? Consider one of our 15-credit hour graduate certificate programs taught by tenure track faculty and seasoned practitioners. We currently offer certificate programs in Assistive Technology, Autism Spectrum Disorders, and Secondary Transition (leading to the Ohio Transition-to-Work Endorsement. Students in the certificate programs take one course per semester for five semesters as part of an online cohort of learners that moves through the program coursework together.  Applications are accepted on a rolling basis with classes starting in August, January, and May. 

Online Assistive Technology Certificate
Online Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) Certificate
Online Secondary Transition Certificate (leading to Ohio Transition-to-Work Endorsement)

Certificate Application Procedures

Graduate Assistantships  

The School of Intervention Services offers a limited number of scholarships and graduate assistantships to degree-seeking students engaged in full-time graduate study. Graduate financial support is awarded based on the excellence of student credentials and the availability of funding. Eligibility is restricted to students with a minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 (or a minimum graduate GPA of 3.0 when graduate semesters hours are nine or greater). To receive full consideration, submit the Application for Graduate Funding by March 1 for study to begin summer or fall semester and October 15 for study to begin spring semester.

For more information about the graduate programs in special education, contact Brooks Vostal Ph.D., Coordinator, bvostal@bgsu.edu, (419) 372-7278.