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

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months


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

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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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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Living costs for Philadelphia

  • 1313 - 2290 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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