Program Requirements

Hours: 36-37

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 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. Course options for licensure include RDG 538 and RDG 511.

Requirements for the Multicultural Special Education (MSE) program – Master of Arts Degree with a major in Education

Professional Core Courses - (11-12 hours)

EDU 500Statistics and Research (3)

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

EDU 616Cognition Across Cultures (3)

SED 650Integrative Project Multicultural Special Education (2-3)

Concentration Courses - (25 hours)

RDG 617Multisensory Explicit Phonics Instruction (3)

SED 515Human Exceptionalities Across the Lifespan (3)

SED 521Communication Develop & Theories for Multicultural Environments (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)

Required courses for Special Education 2nd License:

  • RDG 617
  • SED 515, 521, 522
  • SED 610, 611, 612, 631

All other courses are required to complete the MA degree.

***Effective July 1, 2014, the College of Mount St. Joseph became Mount St. Joseph University. Any reference within the catalog to the College will be understood to be a reference to Mount St. Joseph University after July 1, 2014, unless otherwise noted.***