Graduate Studies

Master of Science in Special Education Generalist Option


General Info

This program is designed for individuals with teaching degrees who have had no undergraduate training in special education and who wish to pursue an endorsement in special education while also earning a master’s degree.


The degree may be added as an endorsement to a teaching license in either elementary or secondary education.


To achieve an endorsement in special education for licensure purposes; candidates must take 6 credits of SPED 584 Student Teaching. Candidates pursuing this degree must have taken SPED 540 within six years of beginning the master’s program.


Online? Mostly
Evening Classes?
Program Length:
This is designed as a part-time 3-year program


Admission Criteria

  1. Undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0
  2. Graduate GPA (if applicable) of at least 3.0
  3. Completed Graduate Record Examination

Admission Procedures

  • Complete Graduate Student Application
  • Submit Official Transcripts from all Institutions Attended
  • Payment of Nonrefundable $40 Application Fee
  • Submit Admission Test Scores - GRE

Careers: What can you do with a degree in Special Education—Generalist Option?


Individuals receiving this degree are prepared to teach special education, advance toward administrative positions, do research in the field, or prepare for a doctoral degree.


Some of our recent graduates responded to a Graduate Data survey taken 9 months after graduation. Of the 18 graduates who did respond to the survey, 16 or 89% found employment in their field of study. They reported an average salary of $48,530.


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Please contact the office of Graduate Studies for information about this program, admission requirements, application forms, graduate assistantships and other scholarship information.


Contact us as well for information about any of our graduate degree programs.


Our office is located in McMullen Hall,  Room 200. The office is open from 8:00 to 5:00 (Mountain time) Monday through Friday. Office: 406-657-2238 Fax: 406-657-2302.