Graduate Programs in Special Education

Online Programs

The BGSU School of Counseling and Special Education (CSE) offers online graduate programs leading to a Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Special Education and university certificates. Master’s degree specializations are available in Applied Behavior Analysis, Assistive Technology, Autism Spectrum Disorders, and Secondary Transition. Graduates are prepared to become leaders in the field and advocates for individuals with disabilities.  

Applied Behavior Analysis

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The Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Program is intended for individuals interested in professional careers in education, healthcare, or other fields in which they work with children, adolescents, and/or adults who have behavioral challenges. The program provides preparation towards the Board-Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) credential.

Programs offered:   M.Ed.  |  Graduate Certificate
Program questions:  Dr. Alicia Mrachko,

Assistive Technology

Student using a piece of assistive technology

Students in the Assistive Technology Program develop the skills needed to work effectively with individuals who utilize assistive technology, their parents, teachers, professionals, and school districts seeking to introduce assistive technologies into multiple environments.

Programs offered:   M.Ed.  |  Graduate Certificate
Program questions:  Trinka Messenheimer,

Autism Spectrum Disorders

Teacher working with a student

The Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) Program prepares educators and related service professionals to identify, understand, program for, and effectively support individuals on the autism spectrum.

Programs offered:   M.Ed.  |  Graduate Certificate
Program questions:  Megan Wilson,

Secondary Transition

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The Secondary Transition Program is intended for educators, school counselors, and rehabilitation professionals who support youth and young adults as they transition to adult life. Program completers who hold an intervention specialist or career-technical teaching license will be recommended for the Ohio Transition-to-Work Endorsement.

Programs offered:   M.Ed.  |  Graduate Certificate
Program questions:  Dr. Jeanne Novak,


BGSU online graduate programs in special education use a holistic admissions review process. We value the diverse experiences, backgrounds, and individual perspectives applicants bring to our learning community. Every application is reviewed to gain insight into how an applicant’s academic preparation and experiences contribute to their interest and ability to be successful in graduate study at BGSU. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis with classes beginning in August, January, and May.

Graduate Assistantships 


The School of Counseling and Special Education offers a limited number of scholarships and graduate assistantships to degree-seeking students engaged in full-time graduate study and who are available to work on campus. 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).

Submit the Application for Graduate Funding

For more information about the graduate programs in special education, contact Brenda Joy at 419-372-7259 or

Alternative Resident Educator

Interested in becoming an Intervention Specialist in Ohio? Check out BGSU’s online Alternative Resident Educator Graduate Certificate Program to see if this may be the program for you.

Accreditation and/or Program/Cluster Review

Bowling Green State University [BGSU] is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.  BGSU has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission since 01/01/1916. The most recent reaffirmation of accreditation was received in 2012 - 2013. Questions should be directed to the Office of Institutional Effectiveness.