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EIU Master of Science in Special Education

Reach your professional development educational goals...

The program is designed to provide coursework to practicing special educators with: 

  • Faculty that have significant background experiences in Special Education.
  • Small class sizes
  • A flexible program in Special Education

We're excited about your interest in our program, so make sure you explore the whole site. We especially encourage you to learn more about the program or even look into applying!

NOTE: for admission to the Master's in Special Education program, candidates must have earned an LBS I, licensure to teach special education in another state, or hold an endorsement in special education. This MS Program does NOT result in initial licensure.

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Why Choose EIU for Special Education

Research to Practice

Course activities, projects, and assessments of candidate performance are designed to nurture and assess candidates’ skills to relate research to their own practices. All graduate candidates complete an issues course and a research course and across graduate coursework are engaged in dialog with peers relating their current practice to research.

Teaching Excellence

Faculties in the Department of Special Education model teaching excellence. Faculties in the Department of Special Education hold terminal degrees in Special Education or closely related academic areas. Faculties hold licensure in special education or related academic areas, such as reading, and have taught in school settings or provided services to individuals with disabilities and their families in agency and hospital settings five or more years.


All candidates are required to be licensed in special education prior to completion of a Master’s Degree in Education with the Special Education major at Eastern. Individuals who are not certified in an area of special education (LBSI, hearing, or vision) interested in completing post-baccalaureate “Learning Behavior Specialist I” or “Early Childhood Special Education” licensure in special education should contact Cori Moore,; click here to initiate this process.

Meet our Faculty

Dr. Katie Havercroft


Dr. Christy Hooser


Dr. Christina Edmonds-Behrend


Contact Information

Department of Special Education

Eastern Illinois University
1212 Buzzard Building
Charleston, IL 61920

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