Wayne State College Adds Online Master’s Program In Special Education

WAYNE – Wayne State College is diversifying their graduate program offerings. The college is now offering a fully online Masters of Science in Education degree in special education (SPED) beginning in the summer of 2018.

According to a press release from WSC, there will be four different tracks offered for people interested in a career and graduate level training in special education. The program should help curb a shortage of SPED teachers. According to the Nebraska Department of Education, 23.7 percent of SPED positions were left unfilled or filled by people not fully qualified during the 2016-17 school year. The U.S. Department of Education also reports national shortage of SPED teachers.

According to Dr. Casey Hurner, chair of the Educational Foundations and Leadership Department, the program was created through the efforts of teachers, school leaders and WSC to address such shortages. Those interested in learning more about the program can contact the School of Education and Counseling at onlinesped@wsc.edu.

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