Sep 28, 2023  
College Catalog 2022-2023 
College Catalog 2022-2023 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Master of Education in Special Education (M.Ed.)

Designed for working, in-service teachers, the online Master of Education in Special Education affords candidates a complex understanding of educational theory, an awareness and adherence to professional ethics, a commitment to professional development, and the ability to establish and maintain an equitable and purposeful learning environment for all students. Candidates may select from either K-8 or 7-12 certification for the state of Pennsylvania. The program capstone is a six-week internship in special education. Offered in collaboration with the School of Graduate and Professional Studies.

Student Learning Outcomes for Special Education:

Students will be able to:

  • Plan, design, and implement research-based instructional and assessment practices in special education.

  • Develop and apply instructional methodologies, including the use of technology, appropriate for a special education classroom.

  • Critically apply, adapt, and differentiate content knowledge and skills to facilitate inclusive student learning.

  • Create, organize, and maintain an effective and safe classroom environment for all learners.

  • Design and implement successful interventions responsive to the needs of all students.

  • Exhibit the qualities that characterize a professional individual, including professional, ethical, and legal responsibilities of a certified teacher in special education.

  • Demonstrate an ongoing commitment to continued professional development and service to the discipline.

Requirements of Acceptance:

  • Complete requirements in general education certification (see applicable undergraduate degree planners).

  • Receive a B or above in SED 212/MSE 512 (Learning Environment and Social Interaction in Inclusive Settings) and SED 222/MSE 522 (Foundations of Inclusive Education).

  • Maintain a 3.3 cumulative GPA or above.

  • Receive satisfactory ratings on the Teacher Dispositions document.

  • Provide two letters of recommendation in support of your academic and professional abilities for success in the program.

Application Deadlines:

  • Applications into the MSE 4+1 program are accepted during the fall and spring semesters. Applicants who apply in the spring of junior year are required to student teach in the fall of their senior year.
  • Submit application form
  • Submit two recommendation forms or two letters of recommendation in support of your academic and professional abilities for success in the program.