Special Education (PreK-8) or (7-12) - Education

Saint Joseph's University

24 months
765 USD/credit
765 USD/credit
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The M.S. in special education prepares highly qualified educators to establish effective teaching and learning environments for children with special needs in their school and community.

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Individuals who hold Level I Certification in Early Childhood, Elementary, Middle School or Secondary Education and wish to obtain a certification to teach in special education classrooms and programs may choose between two grade level certifications, PreK-8 or 7-12, both of which prepare the candidate for Pennsylvania certification. Both classroom instruction and field placements offer our graduate students a rigorous and well-rounded curriculum addressing critical areas of special needs instruction.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Historical and Contemporary Perspectives in Education
  • Psychology of Teaching: Development Perspectives
  • Perspectives in Early Childhood Education 
  • Language and Culture
  • Reading/Literature I 
  • Reading Literature II 
  • Interdisciplinary Teaching: Science
  • Interdisciplinary Teaching: Math and Technology
  • Interdisciplinary Teaching: Social Studies and Creative Exp 
  • Foundations and Current Issues in Special Education
  • Diagnostic Assessment and Progress Monitoring 
  • Inclusive Classroom Practices 
  • Early Childhood/Elementary Student Teaching

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


IELTS or TOEFL needed


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
GRE admission requirements GRE® The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. It contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.
GMAT admission requirements GMAT The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is a test intended to assess certain analytical, writing, quantitative, verbal, and reading skills in written English for use in admission to a graduate management program, such as an MBA. GMAT contains 4 sections - Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative and Verbal. The score has a range from 200 - 800.

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).
6.5 (required)
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at desiganated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
80 (required)
PTE Academic admission requirements PTE Academic PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. The score refers to a total score which ranges between 10 and 90.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Master’s degree from an accredited institution
  • Minimum graduate GPA of 3.5
  • Computer competence and possession of, or access to, a computer with Internet access and printer
  • A commitment to participate in the entire program of study in concert with the cohort group
  • Participation in interviews with the Program Director and faculty
  • A demonstrated capacity to complete a doctoral program
  • Completion of all application requirements.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    765 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 765 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    765 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 765 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.


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Special Education (PreK-8) or (7-12) - Education M.Sc.
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