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.
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.