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Master of Science in Education: Special Education

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Graduate Studies and Endorsement Program in Special Education

Advance your teaching career and learn how to integrate the latest advancements in special education into your classroom.

Drake offers two areas of study in special education at the graduate level: a master's degree and an endorsement-only track. The programs' coursework prepare educators to teach in a challenging but rewarding field. Special education teachers work individually with students with disabilities to help them grow personally and academically.

Master of Science in Special Education

The special education programs are designed to prepare highly competent special educators to teach students with mild or moderate disabilities, behavioral disorders or learning disabilities across a variety of school settings. The program accommodates applicants with a variety of backgrounds and interests, and with or without previous special education training. The applicant must currently hold a valid Iowa teacher's license either at the elementary or secondary level, and must meet graduate admission requirements for both the endorsement and Master's of Science in Special Education.

Program candidates are given several professional development opportunities including the opportunity for students to participate as presenters and attendees of the Midwest Symposium for Leadership in Behavioral Disorders Conference. This conference attracts 500 special educators who focus on the needs of students with learning and behavioral disabilities.


Students have the option of receiving one of four endorsements while working toward their master's degree. Graduate students can also complete an endorsement-only program to obtain additional licensure.

  • Consultant Endorsement
  • Instructional Strategist I (K-8 or 5-12)
  • Instructional Strategist II (K-12)
  • Work Experience Coordinator

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  • Applications are reviewed on an on-going basis; therefore, it is requested that all materials be submitted approximately 8 weeks prior to the beginning of the intended start-term.
  • Upon the receipt of transcripts, an advisor will complete a transcript evaluation in order to determine any credit or course substitutions/transfers. 
  • In order to begin the application process, please click the “Apply Now” link above. This link will provide you application requirements. Questions regarding the application process can be forwarded to the Coordinator of Graduate Admission at or 515-271-2552.


Dr. Michael Couvillon

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  • Financial Aid
    • Iowa teacher shortage areas are designated annually by the Iowa Department of Education. Teachers in shortage areas may be eligible for college student forgiveable loans through both state and federal programs. Special Education has been identified as a shortage area. Information regarding application for forgivable loans is available at the Iowa College Student Aid Commission website
    • The Drake University School of Education is honored to hold the Harley & Zoe Rummel Memorial Annual Scholarship. This scholarship is designated to candidates of Master of Science in Special Education and is awarded each year to eligible individuals. 
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