Master in Education (M.Ed.)

Special Education

with PA Special Ed. Certification for PreK-Grade 8 or Grades 7-12

Online 36 major credits * 2 years

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Program Highlights & Benefits

100% online format

2 year completion time, including holiday breaks

No GRE or admission tests

Complete one course every 8 weeks


Professional educators who wish to earn a Master’s degree and certification in Special Education for grades PreK-8 or grades 7-12 in the state of Pennsylvania.

What You Learn

The Master of Education in Special Education leading to Pennsylvania certification is designed for educators who want to increase their marketability and prepare more fully to meet the challenges of today’s inclusive schools.

How You Learn

Online Format: This is an online cohort program. No face-to-face class meetings are required, but students will be engaged in an active and engaging online courseroom environment that includes assignments, materials, discussion threads, assessments and/or group activities done electronically. You will finish one 3-credit course every 8 weeks. Following this schedule, you will complete the program in approximately 2 years.

Career Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, students will have earned an M.Ed. in Special Education and be eligible for Special Education certification for grades PreK-8 or grades 7-12 in the state of Pennsylvania. The Special Education certification grade level that you are eligible to earn is dependent on the grade level of your PA teaching certificate.

Degree Requirements

SPED 533Special Education Inclusive Practices3
SPED 520Instructional/Assistive Technology & University Design3
SPED 536High Incidence Disabilities3
SPED 537Low Incidence Disabilities3
SPED 540Autism Spectrum Disorders3
EDUC 536Research Methods3
SPED 535Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports3
SPED 534Differentiated Instructional Practices3
SPED 542Intensive Reading, Writing, & Math Interventions3
SPED 541Professional Collaboration and Communication3
Choose one:
SPED 538Secondary Transition Processes and Procedures (Grades 7-12 Track)3
SPED 539Effective Instructional Practices for All Students (Grades PreK-8 Track)3
SPED 550Student Practicum Experience3
 Total Credit Hours:36
Please Note:

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

Successful completion of the Praxis Exam for Special Education is required for certification.

To earn PreK-8 or Grade 7-12 Special Education certification, candidates must hold a valid PA teaching certificate at the elementary, PreK-4, 4-8, Early Childhood, Elementary Education, Middle Grades Education, or Secondary Education.  All candidates must be recommended for certification by Point Park University’s authorized certification officer.