Program Requirements

Hours: 37

The Multicultural Special Education (MSE) program is designed for teachers who want to earn a Master's degree enabling them to better teach children with special needs who come from culturally and/or linguistically diverse backgrounds.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of preschool, kindergarten, and elementary school special education teachers is expected to grow 21% from 2010 to 2020. This program will expand one’s job opportunities, allowing one to become an intervention specialist working with children with special needs in grades K-12.

Second Licensure Special Education option:

The second licensure option is designated for individuals who already possess a current Ohio teaching licensure in any subject or grade level. This second licensure also is embedded within the Master of Arts degree. However, individuals may select to only focus on the second special education license and not earn a Master’s degree.

Note: Teachers who have not completed a minimum of 6 credit hours in reading methods for their first Ohio teaching license will be required to take an additional 6 credits of reading methods, per the Ohio Department of Education licensure office.

Professional Core - 15 hours

EDU 500Statistics and Research (3)

EDU 616Cognition Across Cultures (3)

SED 515Human Exceptionalities Across the Lifespan (3)

SED 521Communication Develop & Theories for Multicultural Environments (3)

SED 650Integrative Project Multicultural Special Education (3)

Concentration Courses - 22 hours

EDU 601Differentiated Instruction for Inclusive Settings Mild to Moderate (3)

RDG 617Multisensory Explicit Phonics Instruction (3)

SED 522Formal & Informal Assessment for Multicultural Spec Edu (3)

SED 533 IIIMSE Practicum Level III (1)


SED 533 IVMSE Practicum Level IV (1)

SED 610Reading Literature Development for Multicultural Special Education (3)

SED 611Curriculum & Methods for Multicultural Special Education (3)

SED 612Culturally Appropriate Practices for Managing Classroom & Challenging Behaviors (3)

SED 631Collaborative Practices in Multicultural Special Education (3)

Program Outcomes

The outcomes of the MSE Program are to prepare intervention specialists with the knowledge, skill and dispositions to work in collaborative and consulting roles with general educators and other support personnel in order to provide high quality instruction to children who come from culturally and/or linguistically diverse (CLD) backgrounds and are in need of special education services.  Upon completion of the program, graduates will be proficient in providing culturally responsive teaching practices within the context of special education.