As part of their course work, Point Park special education majors observe how teachers at The Watson Institute work with
preschool students who have special needs.
Associate Professor J. Kaye Cupples, Ph.D., has an extensive background in special education.
Young adults with disabilities experience campus life at Point Park.
Downtown Pittsburgh's Graduate Program in Special Education
Point Park University's 36-credit master's degree in special education program 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.
The Pennsylvania Department of Education regulations now require that certification in special education be obtained as a dual certificate. That means that those individuals pursuing the Pre-K through grade 8 special education certification will need to have elementary certification and those seeking the 7th through 12th grade special education certification will need to hold secondary certification.
Point Park’s program enables all certified teachers to earn a Master of Education degree, while pursuing one of the two special education certifications. The master's degree in special education program is designed to enhance the skills of all teachers and provide a new means for teachers to acquire additional credits needed to obtain Level 2 certification.
The M.Ed. in special education degree program is structured to fit the needs of classroom teachers and other professionals, with classes offered both on evenings and on Saturdays. Students select a focus of Pre-Kindergarten through grade 8, or grades 7 through 12.
Master's of Special Education Degrees Offered
The following degrees are offered in this graduate program in special education:
- M.Ed. in special education leading to PA certification in Pre-K through Grade 8
- M.Ed. in special education leading to PA certification in Grades 7-12
Special Education Graduate Course Offerings
Some of the courses in the master's of special education graduate program include:
- Autism Spectrum Disorders
- Special Education Inclusive Practices
- Instructional/Assistive Technology and Universal Design
- Differentiated Instructional Practices
- Student Practicum Experience
For a comprehensive list of program requirements and course descriptions, see the links to the program guides and course descriptions at the top of the page.
Off-campus graduate education students are eligible for Point Park’s tuition discount being offered for all certificate and master's degree education programs. This tuition discount is approximately 35* percent below the standard rate for master's degree programs and 26* percent below the standard rate for certificate programs.
New and returning education certificate and master's degree students will receive this lower tuition rate as follows:
- Discounted cost per credit: $530*
- Discounted cost for a three-credit class: $1,590*
*All discounts are estimates based on anticipated tuition rates for fall 2014. Tuition rate has not been set.
For more details on tuition and fees at Point Park for 2013-14, please visit our tuition and fees page.
Off-Campus Graduate Education Programs
Interested in pursuing a Point Park graduate education program at an off-campus location? Learn more about our off-campus graduate education cohort programs.
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