Master of Education (M.Ed.) Degree in Special Education
(32 credits)

The Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Special Education program is intended to extend the knowledge and competencies of special education teachers. M.Ed. students are trained in classroom management as well as instructional design, implementation, and assessment. The program prepares students to be master-level teachers and leaders in their schools.
For admission to the Graduate School, you must hold either

Admission Requirements for the M.Ed. in Special Education Program

Requirements for Degree and Nondegree Admission 

  • a bachelor's degree from a U.S. regionally accredited institution or a postsecondary degree that is equivalent to a U.S. baccalaureate degree earned from an officially recognized degree-granting international institution.
  • Have a minimum junior/senior grade-point average of 3.0 (on a scale of 4.0);
  • Submit a completed online Graduate School application;
  • Submit two official transcripts from each college and university attended (Penn State transcripts may be unofficial);
  • Submit a copy of your Teaching Certificate in Special Education
  • Submit three recommendation reports with recommendation waiver forms from individuals familiar with your academic work (e.g., former professors) and/or teaching skills (e.g., principal or supervisor);
  • Submit a completed personal data sheet;
  • Submit a personal statement;
  • Submit scores for the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) for applicants whose native language is not English (minimum score of 550 required);
  • Submit the nonrefundable application fee;
  • For information on how to apply, click here

Degree Requirements for the M.Ed. in Special Education

Required Courses (23 Credits)

  • SPLED 411 (3) Intervention for Students with Severe Disabilities
  • SPLED 412 (4) Instruction for Students with Mild Disabilities
  • SPLED 500 (1) Practicum Seminar
  • SPLED 573 (3) Introduction to Research in Special Education
  • SPLED 595A (3) Practicum
  • SPLED 595B (3) Field Experience in Off Campus Laboratories

Choose TWO courses from the following:

  • SPLED 409A (3) Fundamental Literacy Skills for Students with Special Needs
  • SPLED 409B (3) Writing & Content Literacy for Students with Special Needs
  • SPLED 409C (3) Mathematics Instruction for Students with Special Needs

Electives (9 Credits)

Click here for a complete listing.  (All chosen electives must be at the 500 level.)