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MSE: Special Education Degree

The Drake School of Education offers both graduate degrees and endorsements in special education (MSE). 

Graduate degrees and additional endorsements in special education are excellent ways to expand your knowledge base and to advance your career. A master's degree (MSE) in special education can 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. 


Michael Couvillon, PhD
Professor of Education

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  • 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.  
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