Be Marketable — and Ready to Meet the Needs of Today's Inclusive Schools
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 and needs of today’s inclusive schools.
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Choose Your Learning Style: Downtown Campus, Hybrid or Fully Online
Our master's degree in special education is conveniently offered in a variety of delivery formats, allowing students to customize their learning experience.
Choose from one of the following three delivery formats:
Downtown campus: All face-to-face classes at Point Park's campus in Downtown Pittsburgh
Hybrid: A combination of online and face-to-face classes at your choice of one of the following locations: Cranberry area, Southpointe area, Monroeville area or Point Park's campus in Downtown Pittsburgh
- Fully online: 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 now 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.
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 two certification.
Special Education Graduate Course Offerings
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
Courses are taught by faculty who have extensive backgrounds in the field of special education as well as years of real-world experience as teachers, principals, superintendents and other education administrators.
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 47 percent below the standard rate for master's degree programs.
New and returning education certificate and master's degree students will receive this lower tuition rate as follows:
- Discounted cost per credit: $467
- Discounted cost for a three-credit class: $1,401
For more details on tuition and fees at Point Park for 2016-17, please visit our tuition and fees page.