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Master of Education in Special Education – Challenging Behaviors Online

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About the Program

Complete in as few as 12 months
30 credit hours
$265 per credit hour

The master's in Special Education – Challenging Behaviors online program helps education professionals expand their knowledge and skills in providing services to individuals with diverse learning needs. Learn strategies for analysis, intervention and support for students with challenging behaviors such as autism.

In our accelerated, 100% online master's program, you will learn how to best reach and educate students with diverse needs, develop the ability to teach others about special education and learn to think outside the box to become an advocate for those in need.

Whether you have experience in special education or are just diving into your passion for helping students with special needs, earning your master's in special education online at SOSU positions you for career advancement as a special education teacher or intervention specialist.

Online Courses

For the M.Ed. in Special Education – Challenging Behaviors online, you will complete a total of 10 courses (30 credit hours), including 21 hours of core courses and 9 hours of special education challenging behaviors specialty courses.

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Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

A study of research methodology and literature related to solving educational problems and improving the learning process.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Philosophical, historical and legal foundations of special education. Introduction to roles and responsibilities of the special educator and legal and ethical requirements of the profession. Theoretical perspectives related to the nature and needs of persons with disabilities.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Knowledge of cognitive science, learning theory, and instructional technologies to improve instructional programs and the continuum of program options and services to ensure the appropriate instructional supports for individuals with exceptional learning needs.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Design and implementation of analysis and review of research to examine the effectiveness of instructional practices and methods for assessing and evaluating individuals and programs to identify and validate evidence-based practices.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Process and interpretation of assessments for determining eligibility for special education and methods and strategies for assessing and evaluating students' performance and success in general education curriculum.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Learning environments for individuals with ELN that foster cultural understanding, safety and emotional well being, positive interactions, and active engagement of individuals with ELN.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Effective strategies for collaboration with families, other educators, related service providers, and personnel from community agencies in culturally responsive ways to promote and advocate the learning and well-being of individuals with ELN across a wide range of settings and a range of different learning experiences.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course will prepare educators to work in schools to meet the unique behavioral needs of learners in K-12 through systemic, positive, prevention focused and data-based decision making. The course will prepare the educator to collaborate with other school professions to plan interventions to meet the needs of students who present challenging behaviors.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course introduces students to autism in children and youth. Topics include the historical and theoretical foundations of autism and current diagnostic criteria. Students will differentiate the characteristics of autism including social, emotional, communication, behavioral, sensory-motor and cognitive characteristics of children and youth with autism. This class identifies the trends and issues associated with autism and effective practices and strategies for structuring, managing and promoting social skill development and social interactions among learners with autism.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course promotes knowledge and skill in analyzing behavioral problems across a range of issues. Special consideration is given to designing interventions, implementing, planning and designing applied projects. Topics include identification and selection of problems and target populations, analysis of problems and goals, designing measurement systems, developing interventions, and disseminating products from applied behavioral research.


At SOSU, we offer multiple start dates throughout the year so you never have to wait long to get started on your online degree program. The chart below shows upcoming start dates, along with important deadlines, such as when your application should be submitted and when payments are due.

Term Start Date Application Deadline Document Deadline Registration Deadline Tuition Deadline Last Class Day
Spring 2019 3/11/2019 2/25/2019 2/25/2019 3/8/2019 3/8/2019 5/5/2019
Summer 2019 5/13/2019 4/29/2019 4/29/2019 5/10/2019 5/10/2019 6/30/2019
Summer 2019 7/1/2019 6/17/2019 6/17/2019 6/27/2019 6/27/2019 8/18/2019
Fall 2019 8/26/2019 8/12/2019 8/12/2019 8/23/2019 8/23/2019 10/13/2019
Fall 2019 10/21/2019 10/7/2019 10/7/2019 10/18/2019 10/18/2019 12/15/2019

Tuition & Financial Aid


Southeastern Oklahoma State University offers its students the opportunity to earn their online degree with affordable, pay-as-you-go tuition and the convenience of tuition that includes fees.

Per Credit Hour Per Three Credit Hour Course Per Program
$265 $795 $7,950* total tuition, including fees

Additional Fees

Application: $20
International Student Application: $55

Books will average about $100 per course.

*Tuition and fees as of Fall 2017. University reserves the right to change tuition and fees at any time.

Financial Aid

Financial aid is available for those who qualify. The first step in applying for financial aid is to file your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). SOSU's Federal School Code is 003179.

Contact Us

Student Financial Aid Office
425 W. University Blvd.
Durant, OK 74701-3347

Phone: (580) 745-2186

Fax: (580) 745-7469



Southeastern Oklahoma State University's online M.Ed. programs have specific requirements that applicants must meet to enroll. Please read the admission guidelines to ensure you qualify. If you have any special circumstances that need further clarification, please contact us at 844-515-9100.

To meet the admission requirements for the M.Ed. in Special Education – Challenging Behaviors online program, applicants must meet one of the following criteria:

  • Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited university with a minimum 2.75 overall GPA or minimum 3.0 GPA in the last 60 hours of courses, or
  • Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited university with a minimum 2.0 overall GPA AND a packet consisting of a current resume, one professional letter of recommendation, and letter of application which outlines the applicant's career goals and objectives (including how an M.Ed. in Special Education will enhance their career) that must be reviewed and approved by program faculty, or
  • Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited university and at least 6 hours in a graduate program from a regionally accredited university with a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA and must be in good standing at previous university
  • No GRE is required for Southeastern Oklahoma State University online M.Ed. programs

International Application and Admissions Requirements:

Please note that students with an F-1 visa are ineligible for online programs. Scan and email #2, #4 and #5 (below) to International Student Services at

  1. Complete Profile (this will also serve as the application).
  2. Academic Records:
    • Original, final post-secondary transcript(s) and diploma(s) from each college or university attended. If your transcript is not issued in English, we require the original document as well as an English translation done by your school(s) or a professional translating company. Original = issued by a school or examination board with an official signature and school stamp or seal.
    • Post-secondary records from outside the U.S. must be analyzed by a NACES educational credential evaluation service such as IERF or WES or ECE. For IERF, students need to choose the "detailed report" option and select Southeastern Oklahoma State University from the menu. IERF will send the evaluation of your records to our International Student Services office.
  3. English Proficiency: internet-based TOEFL score of 79 or an IELTS Academic score of 6.5; taken within 2 years of enrollment.
    • For TOEFL, let us know your registration number and have your score report sent to Southeastern (institution code: 6657).
    • For IELTS, let us know your TRF number.
    • You do not need TOEFL or IELTS scores if:
      1. English is your first language
      2. You have a bachelor's degree from a U.S. college or university.
  4. Financial Support: Submit a Graduate Affidavit of Financial Support, along with an original bank statement stamped and signed by a bank official (within 6 months of your enrollment), demonstrating that your sponsor has a liquid U.S. $ balance that covers the cost of your enrollment at Southeastern for the first year of your degree program. All documents must be in English. If not, an English translation must accompany the original.
  5. Passport Name Page: Copy of the biographic page of your passport showing your name, date of birth, passport number and expiration date. If dependents will accompany you to Southeastern, provide copies of their passport biographic pages, along with marriage and birth certificates, as applicable, to verify your family relationship.
  6. US $55.00 Application Fee: This is not refundable. You have two options for making the payment:
    • Credit card: Call the Southeastern Business Office (580-745-2350) with a credit card number and your Student ID (we will email your student ID number to you after you submit the Complete Profile). Note: Please tell the Business Office that you are an international applicant.
    • Money order: Pay to Southeastern Oklahoma State University (in U.S. $ and with your name on it).

Official sealed transcripts from all previous institutions should be sent to Southeastern Oklahoma State University:

Southeastern Oklahoma State University/Registrar-M.Ed. Programs
425 W. University Blvd.
Durant, OK 74701-3347