Master in Education (M.Ed.)

Special Education

with Grades PreK-12 Special Education Certification (for non-certified teachers)

Online 42 major credits * 2 years

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Program Highlights & Benefits

Flexible, online format

2 year completion time, including holiday breaks


Non-certified teachers seeking initial certification in Grades PreK-12 Special Education and a M.Ed. in Special Education.

What You Learn

The Master of Education in Special Education leading to Pennsylvania Grades PreK-12 Special Education certification program is designed for non-certified teachers with an undergraduate degree who wish to earn their initial teaching certification in Grades PreK-12 Special Education.

How You Learn

Online format: This program will be offered online, an extremely attractive option for adults pursuing a graduate degree, while presently working in a classroom. The program will consist of 11 courses, 3 credits each, plus 6 credits for student teaching and a 3 credit seminar for a total of 42 credits. Observation and field experience requirements are built into many of the courses, so students should expect to spend time in Special Education classrooms for the majority of their classes. All courses are required, including a minimum of a twelve-week student teaching experience at the end of the program. The student teaching experience will require the student to teach for an entire term in a Special Education K-12 classroom while being supervised by both by a cooperating teacher from the school and a university supervisor.

Career Outcomes

Upon completion of this program and the passing of the Praxis Exam for PreK-12 Special Education by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, students will have earned a M.Ed. in Special Education and be eligible to teach Special Education in a PreK-12 grade setting in the state of Pennsylvania.

Degree Requirements

Course Title Hours
SPED 533 Special Education and Inclusive Practices 3
EDUC 541 Culturally Responsive Schools, Teachers, and Classrooms 3
SPED 535 Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports 3
SPED 520 Instructional / Assistive Technology and Universal Design 3
SPED 536 High Incidence Disabilities 3
SPED 537 Low Incidence Disabilities 3
SPED 534 Differentiated Instructional Practices 3
SPED 540 Autism Spectrum Disorders 3
EDUC 567 Methods of Teaching English Language Learners in the Content Areas 3
SPED 542 Intensive Reading, Writing and Mathematics Interventions 3
SPED 538 Secondary Transition Processes and Procedures 3
EDUC 624 Student Teaching Seminar 3
EDUC 625 Student Teaching Practicum 6
Total Credit Hours: 42
Please Note:

Program and course requirements are subject to change to comply with university policy.

Successful completion of the PECT test from Pearson for Special Education by the Pennsylvania Department of Education is required for certification.

All candidates must be recommended for certification by Point Park University’s authorized certification officer.

Students will need to spend considerable time in Special Education K-12 classrooms to satisfy Pennsylvania Department of Education requirements pertaining to field experience and observation hours prior to certification.