Special Education Generalist

Montana State University Billings

36 months
1088 USD/credit
540 USD/credit
Tuition fee
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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.

Programme Structure


  • Research Design and Interpretation
  • Research in Special Programs
  • Advanced Human Development and Learning
  • Aspects of Reading Difficulties
  • Assessment of Students with Disabilities
  • Multi-tiered Systems of Support 
  • Legal and Current Issues in Special Education
  • Curricular Adaptations for Special Populations
  • Best Practices in Teaching Students with Emotional Disturbances

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 36 months
    • Flexible

Start dates & application deadlines





Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

Admission Criteria

  • Undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0
  • Graduate GPA (if applicable) of at least 3.0
  • 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

    Tuition Fee

    • International

      1088 USD/credit
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 1088 USD per credit and a duration of 36 months.
    • National

      540 USD/credit
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 540 USD per credit and a duration of 36 months.


    The annual Graduate Studies Endowment Scholarships in honor of Drs. C. Robert Waterman, Helen Wilson and Robert McRae will be awarded in the spring. Outstanding graduate students will receive $1,000 each for the academic year as Waterman, Wilson and McRae Scholars. Need or current financial aid will not be considered in making these awards.

    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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    Updated over a year ago

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