Academic Programs

The School of Special Education, School Psychology, & Early Childhood Studies offers a variety of degree programs for prospective students who would like to pursue graduate level degrees. We invite you to explore our programs and admission requirements. Prospective applicants are welcome to schedule an appointment with an academic advisor for more information.


The Bachelor of Arts in Special Education is part of the Unified Early Childhood program and is open only to students in that program.  Admission to BA programs is processed through the Office of Student Services.


SESPECS offers master’s degrees with majors in special education and early childhood studies. Students in the School Psychology program will receive their master’s degree within their Ed.S. or Ph.D. program.  Master of Education and Master of Arts degrees are intended to provide participants with opportunities to gain knowledge and skills that improve their professional practice.

Education Specialist

Education Specialist (Ed.S.) degrees in special education and school psychology are offered in SESPECS.  Students interested in specialist study in early childhood receive a degree with a major in special education with a program of study developed to emphasize early childhood.

Doctor of Philosphy

SESPECS offers Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degrees in special education and school psychology.  Students interested in doctoral study in early childhood education receive a PhD with a major in special education with a program a study emphasizing early childhood.

Our PhD programs are full-time, on campus programs that have a strong focus on conducting research.  They are designed to prepare personnel for teaching, research, and administrative positions in colleges & universities, as well as for leadership positions in other educational agencies.  All doctoral students are expected to demonstrate competence in reading of research and independently designing and conducting research in special education or school psychology.


disabilititesinsociety_large_color_transparentOur Disabilities in Society undergraduate minor attracts students from colleges across campus. Stimulating coursework expands your knowledge of how you can positively impact the lives of individuals with special needs. By providing you with a lens to view the unique perspectives and roles of individuals with disabilities in society, this minor will help to shape your view of work in your field of choice and involvement in your community. Awareness will change you!

Visit the college page on minors for admissions information.


SESPECS offers three graduate certificate programs in Disabilities in Society, Dyslexia, and Early Childhood Studies. All programs are 100% online.