Master of Education in Special Education

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Bethel’s Special Education program allows teachers to earn a license in Special Education or a master’s degree and a Special Education license if the whole program is completed. This can be done in one to two years, depending on the program selected. Course for this program are offered online in a 7-week format, which is offered six times per year.

Steps to Admission

To apply:

1. Complete this application (iclude two references on your application).

2. Submit official transcripts to:


by U.S. Mail:

Bethel College Adult & Graduate Studies

Attention: Sandra Lesko

1001 Bethel Circle

Mishawaka, IN 46545

3. Submit other documents (submit all to

  • An autobiographical statement of at least 300 words including information on yourself, your recent work in education and reasons for seeking the Bethel School Administrator program. Include any significant events in your career that have played key roles in your development. Define your character in terms of basic values, commitment to graduate studies, philosophy, and worldview.
  • Your resume
  • Your current teaching license

Contact Us

Enrollment counselor/advisor

Sandra Lesko

Phone: 574.807.7328


Frequently asked questions

Who is the program for?

  • Teachers who wish to receive additional licensure in Special Education
  • Individuals who hold a current teaching license
  • Individuals who maintained a GPA of 2.75 for all college work

How is the Master of Education (M.Ed.) program structured?

  • The program is an online program
  • Courses are offered in a 7-week format with six 7-week session per year
  • This program can be completed in two years, taking one course per session or one year taking two courses per session.
  • The program consists of 36 credit hours which leads to the Indiana Exceptional Needs—Mild Intervention License after passing the following two tests:
    • Indiana Content Area Assessments Tests. Testing site,
      (025) Exceptional Needs—Mild Intervention
      (064) Exceptional Needs—Mild Intervention: Reading Instruction
  • Program completion is contingent upon passing the Indiana Content Area Assessments Tests list above.
  • The M.Ed. in Special Education program is a hybrid program.

Courses and Internship

  • Required core courses (18 credit hours) include:
    • EDUC 500—Introduction to Professional Development & Leadership (1 credit hour)
    • EDUC 521—Curriculum Development & School Improvement (3 credit hours)
    • EDUC 531—Effective Instruction & Assessment (3 credit hours)
    • EDUC 535—Mentoring & Supervision of Instruction (3 credit hours)
    • EDUC 541—Meeting the Needs of Diverse Learners (3 credit hours)
    • EDUC 555—Educational Research (3 credit hours)
    • EDUC 690—Professional Development and Leadership (Capstone) (2 credit hours)
  • The remaining 18 credit hours to complete the 36 hours are in the Special Education Licensure cognate that leads to the Indiana Exceptional Learners- Mild License:
    • SPED 505—Foundations, Theories, Laws, Professional Values, Ethics (3 credit hours)
    • SPED 515—Social, Behavioral, & Environmental Interaction (3 credit hours)
    • SPED 520—Instructional Planning & Delivery: Evidence-Based Practice (3 credit hours)
    • SPED 530—Reading & Writing Difficulties: Assessment & Intervention (3 credit hours)
    • SPED 535—Communication, Technology, and Mentorship (3 credit hours)
    • SPED 695—Supervised Residency/Internship and Seminar (3 credit hours)
  • The Internship in Special Education requires, 220 hours, completed in two semesters and the hours must be done at two education levels; elementary, middle school, or high school.
    • 145 hours at one education level
    • 75 hours at a second education level

Please Note - If a candidate chooses not to complete the program sequence, coursework will be accepted for up to ten years from start of program; however, accreditation and state guidelines could impact the likelihood of transfer of all credits.

What is the cost of the program and is financial assistance available?

Tuition per Semester

  • $385 per credit hour. (This is subject to change every fall and does not include the cost of textbooks).
  • The cost of textbooks varies

Fees per Semester

  • Service Assessment Fee
    • Full-time - $150 (9 or more credits per semester is full-time)
    • Part-time - $125

Financial aid is available in the form of loans

  • To apply for financial aid complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at, Bethel College’s federal school code is 001787
  • Additional information regarding possible financial aid is available from Sabrina Citte at, or (574) 807-7326.

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