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Drake University Studies in Special Education

Graduate Degrees and Endorsement Programs in Special Education

The Drake School of Education offers both graduate degrees and endorsements in special education.  Graduate degrees and additional endorsements are excellent ways to expand your knowledge base and to advance your career.  Drake’s Special Education Program is designed to prepare educators to teach students with mild and moderate disabilities across a variety of school settings.  We place a strong emphasis on research-based strategies and techniques specifically designed to assist students with learning and behavioral needs.   Our faculty have extensive backgrounds and experience in special education classroom settings which complements their research and university experiences.

Graduates of our program are highly sought after by school principals for their experience and knowledge.  Several of our program graduates have moved forward to leadership roles at the district level, as consultants for the Area Education Agencies, and onto teaching roles at the college and university level.  Our faculty-advisors can help devise a specific degree plan to fit your individual career path.  

Program Options

Drake offers two areas of study in special education at the graduate level: a master's degree and an endorsement-only track.

Master’s Degree

Drake’s Master of Science in Special Education (MSE) is specifically designed for those who are currently teaching and seeking a graduate degree.  Our interactive, collaborative classes are designed for those currently teaching and are looking for additional strategies to help meet the needs of their students.   This authentic, hands-on approach enables teacher practitioners to immediately apply what they learn in their classrooms.  Completion of the MSE will not only help you become a well-informed teacher, it will also provide you with the skills necessary to advance your career and to take on additional leadership roles.

Endorsement Only

The Drake School of Education also offers an endorsement only track.  This path allows those currently holding an Iowa Teaching Certificate to add endorsements in the area of special education.   The following four endorsement options are available: 

Application Details

  • 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. 
  • Begin the application process on the School of Education's admission page. Questions regarding the application process can be forwarded to the Coordinator of Graduate Admission at or 515-271-2552.


Contact one of our faculty advisors if you have a question or need additional information.  

Dr. Michael Couvillon

Dr. Laura Kieran

Learn More

  • Scholarships
    • The Drake School of Education is honored to hold the Harley & Zoe Rummell Memorial Scholarship.  This scholarship is designated to assist candidates of the Master of Science of Special Education and is awarded annually to eligible individuals. 
  • Loan Forgiveness
    • Iowa teacher shortage areas are designated annually by the Iowa Department of Education. Teachers in shortage areas may be eligible for college student forgivable 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 Student Loan Website.  
  • Financial Aid
  • Tuition and Fees
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