Jun 28, 2022  
Xavier University Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog 2021-2022 
Xavier University Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog 2021-2022

Special Education, M.S.

Return to {$returnto_text} Return to: College of Professional Sciences

The MS in Special Education is more widely sought program by people seeking information regarding disabilities without intent for licensure which might include other related health service providers and is an additional means for someone who already has a MEd to obtain an additional degree which we do not currently offer outside of the doctoral degree.  The MS also provides students with an avenue to seek additional financial aid as they pursue additional State of Ohio licensure or endorsements past the MEd.  The MS also offers us a new clientele-people outside of the field of education. The MS in Special Education would have a scientific view of education and could act as a stepping stone for a future doctoral candidate.

Program Description

This new program largely repackages the existing Special Education program, using existing series of courses and one additional new course to create a Master of Science degree.  The degree consists of 30 semester hours of coursework.  All of the degree courses are currently being offered online and face to face at Xavier and which have capacity to add additional students.  We are also collaborating with a variety of outside programs to maximize the potential of existing courses.  This is an opportunity for students to help shape their own program.


  1. Candidates demonstrate challenging expectations for individuals with exceptionalities to develop the highest possible learning outcomes and quality of life potential in ways that respect their dignity, culture, language, and background.
  2. Candidates demonstrate a high level of professional competence and integrity and exercising professional judgment to benefit individuals with exceptionalities and their families.
  3. Candidates will promote meaningful and inclusive participation of individuals with exceptionalities in their schools and communities.
  4. Candidates will develop relationships with families based on mutual respect and actively involving families and individuals with exceptionalities in decision making.
  5. Candidates will use evidence, instructional data, research, and professional knowledge to inform practice.
  6. Candidates will practice within the professional ethics, standards, and policies of CEC; upholding laws, regulations, and policies that influence professional practice; and advocating improvements in laws, regulations, and policies.


30 Credit Hours, including

Special Education Core

  • MATH 516 Introduction to Statistical Methods
  • EDSP 617 Administrative Partnerships in Special Education
  • EDSP 618 Special Education: Qualitative & Quantitative Research
  • EDSP 619 Special Education: Research Paper

Return to {$returnto_text} Return to: College of Professional Sciences