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Master's in Special Education

Pictured is Robert Michael, a 2014 secondary education English alumnus, curriculum and instruction graduate student and English/special education teacher at Moon Area High School. | Photo by Chris Rolinson

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

Point Park University's fully online 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. 

Our 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 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.  

Program Outcomes

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

To learn more, view the M.Ed. in Special Education Grades PreK-8 and M.Ed. in Special Education Grades 7-12 degree requirements.


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. 

Tuition Information

For details on Point Park University tuition and fees for 2017-18, please visit our tuition and fees page.