Master of Science in Special Education
About the Program
Master of Science: 45.0 quarter credits
The Master of Science in Special Education is intended for those interested in gaining greater skills and expertise in the area of Special Education and/or a teaching certificate in the area of special education. Candidates seeking PA special education certification must have been issued a prior PA instructional I or instruction II teaching certificate.
The Master of Science in Special Education seeks to produce professionals who are equipped with the fundamental skills, knowledge, and competencies they will need to meet the needs of students at risk for and with disabilities in multiple settings. The program is a flexible, part-time graduate program consisting of 49.5 credits: 31.5 credits in Core Special Education Certification courses, 12.0 credits in concentration courses, and 6.0 credits in research. The program culminates with each potential graduate completing an action research project and presentation within his or her area of concentration.
Autism Spectrum Disorder
Within the past decade, the number of children diagnosed with Autism or Asperger’s Syndrome has increased drastically. Consequently, the need for professionals trained in this specialized area has significantly increased. This concentration is designed for those who seek additional expertise in this critical need area. It will provide knowledge and skills for working with both students with Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome as well as effective teaching methods, interventions, and supports.
Technologies for Special Education
Best practices in the education of students with disabilities requires educational professionals to be proficient with a wide range of technologies. This concentration is designed for those seeking additional expertise in the area of educational technologies and assistive technology that can be used to create accessible learning opportunities and increased outcomes for students with disabilities.
Language & Cultural Issues
The students in today’s classrooms are not only diverse in the area of abilities and disabilities but also in regards to their language and cultural backgrounds. This concentration is designed for those who are seeking to work with students who are at-risk for or who have disabilities that are also from linguistically and culturally diverse backgrounds. The coursework in this concentration can be applied to PA Program Specialist - English as a Second Language (ESL) certification.
Students who already posses a special education certification or who are not interested in obtaining a special education certification but want to enhance their skills in specific special education topic areas may choose to take two of the concentrations (24 credits) and 19.5 credits of their choosing from the special education certification core in addition to completing the research courses.
For additional information, visit the School of Education's MS in Special Education page.
Applicants for the program will follow the university standards for admission to graduate study. Prospective students must have earned a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution and have an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher to be considered for admission (graduate degree GPAs will be considered along with the undergraduate GPA). In addition, prospective students are required to submit the following:
- Completed Application Form including official transcripts from all universities or colleges attended
- Two letters of recommendation
- Personal essay
- Application fee
The admissions committee will evaluate the applicant’s potential and commitment to succeed in graduate study in the online environment. The applicant’s potential to contribute to the overall quality of the program of study will also be considered.
Interviews, in person or by phone, will be conducted by the admissions committee with those applicants who meet Graduate Admission’s standard admissions criteria.
Decisions will be made using dates corresponding to the regular university schedule for rolling admissions in Graduate Admissions.
For more details, contact the School of Education or view the Master's degrees online at Drexel Online Learning. Additional information about how to apply is available on the Graduate Admissions at Drexel University website.
The Master of Science in Special Education requires 49.5 credits consisting of 31.5 credits in Core Special Education Certification courses, 12 credits in concentration courses, and 6 credits in research. For a certification in Special Education, students must have completed 13.5 pre-requisite credits in special education accommodations to apply for certification in Pennsylvania. These credits may be completed in an undergraduate program.
Pre-requisites for Certification in Special Education:
Special Education Accommodations
Students must have completed the following courses in order to apply for a certification in special education. All students entering the masters program from an approved PA certification program after 2011 should have had these core courses in their initial certification program. If a student has not completed the following three courses, they should be taken in place of a concentration:
|Core Certification Courses|
|EDUC 547||Special Education Processes||4.5|
|EDUC 548||Emotional & Behavioral Support||4.5|
|EDUC 549||High Incident Disabilities||4.5|
|EDUC 550||Teaching Students with Low Incident Disabilities||4.5|
|EDUC 551||Pervasive Developmental Disorders||4.5|
|EDUC 552||Integrating Technology for Learning & Achievement||4.5|
|EDUC 553||Special Education: Methods & Practices||4.5|
|Select one of the following concentrations:|
|Characteristics & Methods: Autism|
|Characteristics & Methods: High Functioning Autism|
|Communication & Language Interventions: Autism Spectrum Disorders|
|Behavior & Sensory Support: Autism Spectrum Disorders|
|Technologies for Special Ed|
|Computer Skills for Teachers|
|Multi-Media Instructional Design|
|Researching & Evaluating Instructional Technology|
|Learning Disabilities II|
|Language and Cultural Issues|
|Language Learning & Teaching|
|Structure and Sound System of English|
|Design and Assessment|
|The Intercultural Learner|
|EDEX 610||Action Research for Special Education Teachers I||4.5|
|EDEX 611||Action Research for Special Education Teachers II||1.5|