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Be Ready to Meet the Needs of Today's Inclusive Schools

Our 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 and needs of today's inclusive schools.

Fully Online

Our fully online master's degree in special education offers an active and engaging online courseroom environment that includes assignments, materials, discussion threads, assessments and/or group activities done electronically.

Pennsylvania Department of Education Requirements

The Pennsylvania Department of Education regulations require that certification in special education be obtained as a dual certificate. That means that those individuals pursuing the Pre-K through grade eight special education certification will need to have elementary certification and those seeking the seventh through 12th grade special education certification will need to hold secondary certification.

Pictured is a Point Park education student with a special education student at The Watson Institute. | Photo by Martha Rial

Courses & Topics

Some of the courses in the M.Ed. special education graduate program includes:

  • Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Special Education Inclusive Practices
  • Instructional/Assistive Technology and Universal Design
  • Differentiated Instructional Practices
  • Student Practicum Experience

Faculty bring industry experience and expertise to the online classroom

Courses are taught by faculty taught who have years of real-world special education experience as teachers and administrators in the field.

Meet the faculty
Pictured is Arleen Wheat, Ed.D., associate professor of special education.
  • Served as assistant superintendent of special education and pupil services for North Allegheny School District
  • Special education teacher for Allegheny Intermediate Unit
  • Director of U.S.A.A.C.'s summer program for the education of autistic kids