Admissions - MS Special Education

The Master of Science Degree Program in Special Education is designed to prepare graduates for their roles in meeting the educational needs of exception needs children. Program concentrations are offered in the areas of Emotional/Behavioral Disabilities and Mild/Moderate Disabilities. Consistent with the large Education Unit, the program does not only adhere to the Conceptual Model of the Teacher as Holistic Transformer but also have as its goals the extension of the four expected outcomes of the model (Scholars, Facilitators and Reflective Thinkers, and Responsible Professionals)


To be considered for regular admission to Special Education graduate program, the applicant must:

  • Have at least a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution
  • Have adequate undergraduate preparation in the proposed major field (Class A Certification)
  • Have left the last college or university in good standing
  • Present evidence, by official transcript of a minimum GPA of 2.50 on all undergraduate study
  • Present PRAXIS Series scores which, at least, meet the Mississippi Certification requirements. Students from states not requiring PRAXIS for certification must present GRE minimum scores on the General Test (verbal and quantitative)
  • Submit three letters of recommendation which address (a) Professional qualifications, (b) Success or potential for success as a classroom teacher, and (c) Potential for completing the program
  • Demonstrate writing ability by writing a two page (minimum) computer generated, self-created essay on personal philosophy of education
  • Non-MVSU undergraduates must submit a copy of their immunization records to the Office of Graduate Studies
  • Obtain application materials from the College of Graduate Studies (Office of Graduate Studies, Mississippi Valley State University, 14000 Hwy 82 West, Box 7243, Itta Bena, MS 38941)