Program Overview

The Billings campus of Montana State University offers a Master of Science in Special Education with a Generalist Option. This program is available to students in a hybrid format in order to best serve students who wish to maintain a work schedule while pursuing their degree. This program is specifically intended for students who do not have the foundational background in Special Education. Students who do have that background It should be noted that this program is offered in tandem with a Master of Science in Special Education with an emphasis in Advanced Studies. An objective of this program is to equip its students with the skills and knowledge needed to pursue careers in Special Education. This program will help students acquire an endorsement in special education while also earning a master’s degree.

This program will help students to acquire the preparation needed to teach special education or to advance their current careers into administrative positions or to do research in this field. Graduates of this program will also be prepared for doctoral studies in Special Education as well. Students can complete this program by taking online, weekend, and traditional courses.

Students who are seeking the endorsement in special education must take 6 credit hours in Student Teaching. It is important to note that prospective students of this program must have earned an undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 or higher, as well as maintain a 3.0 grade point average while pursuing this degree. Prospective students must also submit their GRE scores, as well. This program requires students to take and complete 39 credit hours of courses in order to graduate with the Master of Science in Special Education with a Generalist Option. This includes a Student Teaching experience. The required courses include classes like: Best Practices in Teaching Students with Emotional Disturbance, Best Practice in Teaching Students with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, and Diagnostic Aspects of Reading Difficulties.

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    Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities

    School Overview

    Montana State University Billings has been an integral part of the Billings community and a student-centered learning environment since its early days as Eastern Montana College. Founded in 1927, the university continues to nurture a longstanding tradition of educational access, teaching excellence, civic engagement and community enhancement in an urban setting. In the classroom and in the community, students receive a well-rounded unique education and training for associate’s, bachelor’s, and master’s degrees for careers through the University’s five colleges:

    • College of Arts and Sciences
    • College of Business
    • College of Allied Health Professions
    • College of Education
    • City College

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