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Master of Education: Special Education

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Our online master's degree in special education is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education and nationally recognized by our professional organization, Council for Exceptional Children (CEC).

M.Ed. with Pre-K-8 Certification (currently certified in elementary education): This program is intended for applicants who already hold Pennsylvania teaching certification in elementary education, Pre-K to grade 4 or grade 4 to grade 8. Upon completion, the student will hold a master’s degree in special education.  After successful completion of the Special Education PK-8 PECT Exam Modules 1 & 2, students will be eligible to add Pre-K to grade 8 special education Pennsylvania endorsement to his/her current teaching certificate. M.Ed. with PreK-8 Certification Curriculum (30 graduate credits) This program is offered 100% online.

M.Ed. with 7-12 Certification (currently certified in secondary content area): This program is intended for applicants who already hold Pennsylvania teaching certification in a secondary education content area. Upon completion, the student will hold a master’s degree in special education.  After successful completion of the Special Education 7-12 PECT Exam Modules 1 & 2, students and will be eligible to add grade 7-12 special education Pennsylvania endorsement to his/her current teaching certificate.  M.Ed. with 7-12 Certification Curriculum (30 graduate credits) This program is offered 100% online.

M.Ed. with Dual Pre-K-4/K-8 Certification (no current teaching certificate): This program is intended for applicants who do not already hold Pennsylvania teaching certification. Upon completion, the student will hold a master’s degree in special education.  After successful completion of PK-4 PECT Exam Modules 1, 2, & 3 and Special Education PK-8 PECT Exam Modules 1 & 2, students will be eligible for dual certification in Pennsylvania in Pre-K to grade 4 and Pre-K to grade 8 special education.  M.Ed. with Dual Pre-K-4/K-8 Certification (63 graduate credits) This program is a campus-based program.



Other Programs

Autism Spectrum Disorders Programs

M.Ed. Autism Spectrum Disorders for those (currently certified in special education):This program is intended for applicants who already hold Pennsylvania teaching certification in special education. Upon completion, the student will hold a master's degree in special education and will be eligible to add autism spectrum disorders to his/her current teaching certificate. This program is offered 100% online.

Certificate: Autism Spectrum Disorders
We also offer an autism spectrum disorders (ASD) graduate certificate (12 credits). This program directly addresses the needs of today's educators and professionals who are working with individuals with autism spectrum disorders throughout the lifespan.  The proposed certificate provides specialized preparation of teachers in ASD through an innovative 12-credit hour graduate program endorsement in ASD that has at its core the provision of socialization opportunities for individuals with ASD and educational outreach materials and resources for parents and community members. This program is offered 100% online.

Note: Admissions criteria are similar to mentally/physically handicapped education degree program though other credentials and/or qualifications for educators, professionals and family members affected by ASD applying to this program without a teaching certificate will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

SPECIAL EDUCATION TEACHERS IN HIGH DEMAND!

Educators who are qualified to teach students with autism and other special needs are expected to be in high demand in the coming years, and data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a 17% increase in the number of special educators between 2008 and 2018. Special-education positions are often more demanding, one administrator said, but those teachers may earn a higher salary than their general-education counterparts.  The Boston Globe (7/11)

Please Note: All students who will be seeking licensure/certification outside of Pennsylvania should consult the State Authorization web page for more information.

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Throughout his career, Marc E. Thornton (M.Ed. Mentally and/or Physically Handicapped Education '98 and Administrative Program for Principals '09) has worked with a variety of different student populations. In his current role as Principal of Seville Elementary School in the North Hills School District, Thornton plans and implements comprehensive programs and support services that meet the needs of all children in kindergarten through sixth grade. A semi-finalist for the 2010 Pennsylvania Teacher of the Year program, Thornton valued the experience he received during his internships. "Each assignment proved to be a valuable learning tool for future interviews. They're great opportunities to show evidence of your accomplishments and what you can bring to a school district."