Special Education, MS

The Department of Education is committed to preparing informed, inquiring, and skilled professionals who, as scholars and decision-makers, are ready to take their place as leaders improving the educational community.   

Students can enter the Special Education program in a course of study leading to PreK- 8 certification or in a course of study leading to 7- 12 certification.

Program Specific Admission Requirements

A minimum overall undergraduate GPA of 3.00 is expected for admittance to graduate study. An applicant whose undergraduate GPA falls below the level of 3.00 must submit other evidence of his/her ability to successfully complete a graduate program, such as grades in other post-baccalaureate courses/programs, scores from examinations (e.g. Graduate Record Examination), or a record of successful completion of progressively higher work responsibilities.

Additionally, students applying to the Special Education program must provide a copy of a valid U.S. teaching certificate for admission.

For general application requirements, please click here.

Courses

The program offers two certification pathways: students can enroll in a course of study leading to Pre K- 8 certification or in a course of study leading to grades 7- 12 certification. Both pathways require 36 credit hours of coursework and include an internship. 

All students pursuing a master’s degree must complete research and foundation course requirements and pass a capstone experience/ comprehensive examination. Prior to student teaching, students must pass the requisite PECT test(s), which are mandated by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

For additional information on the curriculum, please visit the Graduate Course catalog.

    Why Choose Scranton

    Nationally Ranked

    US News & World Report rated The University of Scranton among the 10 top master’s universities in the North in its “America’s Best Colleges” ranking.

    Jesuit Education

    As one of the 28 Jesuit colleges and universities in the United States, The University of Scranton is dedicated to developing the whole person.

    Dedicated Faculty

    Gain practical knowledge from faculty that bring significant work experiences to the classroom experience.

    Mission Statement of the Department of Education

    The mission of the Department of Education at The University of Scranton is to prepare professional educators for service in the public schools. Attention to the scholarship of each candidate in both the content knowledge to be taught and in the professional education knowledge base is augmented by attention to decision-making in both the personal and professional areas. The belief that educators are both scholars and decision-makers pervades the program in its design and requirements, and in its assessment of degree and non-degree students.

    Beyond the Classroom

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    Assistantships

    Graduate Assistants, who assist faculty in the delivery of course content, receive a stipend as well as tuition scholarships.

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    Capstone Experience

    The comprehensive examination is the capstone experience for students near the end of the program of study.

    Program Elements

    Certification

    Prepares teacher candidates to take the edTPA assessment, a new certification requirement accepted in many states

    Filling a Growing Need

    Newly revised to meet the latest state standards with an emphasis on responsible inclusion

    The University of Scranton's education programs are approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. Program completers who fulfilled all program requirements and received a passing score on certification examinations are eligible for certification in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

     

    Combined/Accelerated Degree Option

    A student enrolled in any of the Education Department’s undergraduate programs may apply for admission to an accelerated graduate program leading to a second instructional certification during their sophomore year.  The application deadline to the program is March 1st.  Later applications may be accepted as program capacity allows.  Full admission to the graduate program requires an earned Bachelors of Science in education and submission of application for initial teacher certification to PDE. For additional information, please visit the Graduate Course catalog.

    Meet the Program Director

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    Maria Oreshkina, Ph.D.

    Chair, Director of Graduate Programs Associate Professor

    Education

    M.S., Moscow Pedagogical State University Ph.D., Moscow Pedagogical State University Ph.D., University of Tennessee, Knoxville

    Contact

    (570) 941-6244

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