12 months
654 USD/credit 19620 USD/year
654 USD/credit 19620 USD/year
340 USD/credit 10200 USD/year
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This Special Education degree from University of South Dakota is flexible and provides additional opportunities for those not needing or wanting certification. 

Visit the official programme website for more information


Most students seek the master's degree in special education while pursuing certification in one or more areas. Students of the Special Education degree from University of South Dakota can specialize in:

  • Advanced specialist in disabilities
  • Early childhood special education
  • Multicategorical special education K-12

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Candidates will understand and apply knowledge and skills appropriate to their professional field of specialization. 
  • Candidates will demonstrate understanding of principles of learning that are appropriate to their field of specialization. 
  • Candidates will demonstrate professional dispositions that are appropriate to their field of specialization. 

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Diagnostic Teaching
  • Special Education Collaboration Or Consultation In The Schools
  • Internship
  • Vocational-transitional Programming
  • Medical Issues In Special Education
  • Advanced Methods And Materials For Secondary Students With Disabilities
  • Assessment Of Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Educating Students With Cognitive Disabilities
  • Educating Students With Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Educating Students With Emotional/ Behavior Disorders
  • Educating Students With Learning Disabilities

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Application Fee: $35.00 U.S.D. The application fee cannot be waived and is nonrefundable.
  • Official Transcripts: If transcripts are not originally provided by the institution in the English language, the indigenous language transcript should be submitted along with an English translation. The full English translation must include a certification from the translator verifying that the translation is complete and accurate and that they are qualified to translate the language to English.
  • Official Admission Test Scores: If test scores are required by a graduate program, students may upload a copy of their score report to their GradCAS application. Full admission will require that an official score report is sent to USD directly from the testing body.
  • Letters of Recommendation: Letters must be submitted directly by the recommenders through GradCAS.
  • Statement of Purpose: Refer to program admission requirements for details.

Tuition Fee

To alway see correct tuition fees
  • International

    19620 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 654 USD per credit during 12 months.
  • National

    19620 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 654 USD per credit during 12 months.
  • In-State

    10200 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 340 USD per credit during 12 months.

Living costs for Vermillion

1024 - 1781 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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