12 months
1007 USD/credit 33231 USD/year
1007 USD/credit 33231 USD/year
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Learn to support students with special needs. This online Special Education degree program at Pennsylvania State University focuses on current issues and topics in the field of special education and gives you the opportunity to choose an emphasis in academic and behavioral supports, applied behavior analysis, or autism.


Teachers and educational professionals enrolled in the online Master of Education in Special Education program at Pennsylvania State University can learn about evidence-based practices to support individuals with special needs or those who are at risk. This program focuses on current issues and topics in the field of special education and gives you the opportunity to choose an emphasis in Academic and Behavioral Supports, Applied Behavior Analysis, or Autism.


  • The Academic and Behavioral Supports emphasis is designed for educational professionals who want to learn skills to effectively support students with disabilities. Topics include, but are not limited to, effectively managing behaviors, designing and delivering instruction, and developing and administering educational assessments.
  • The Applied Behavior Analysis emphasis is for professionals who want to gain in-depth knowledge of the principles and procedures of ABA, with or without the goal of becoming a Board Certified Behavior Analyst® (BCBA). Educational professionals certified as BCBAs develop, implement, and monitor programs to promote positive behavior change in individuals with special needs.
  • The emphasis in Autism is designed to help you acquire comprehensive, evidence-based knowledge to assist in developing effective educational programming for all students with autism spectrum disorders. It includes course work on assessing individuals with autism spectrum disorders; developing strategies to foster social, behavioral, communicative, and academic gains; using applied behavior analysis when working with children with autism; and enhancing collaboration among individuals with ASD, their families, and educators.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Teaching Learners with Disabilities in Inclusive Settings
  • Current Issues in Special Education
  • Concepts and Principles of Applied Behavior Analysis
  • Ethical Considerations for Special Education Populations
  • Autism and Applied Behavior Analysis
  • Communication and Social Competence
  • Assessment and Curriculum
  • Design and Delivery of Evidence-Based Instruction for Learners with Special Needs

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


33 SCH



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Other requirements

General requirements

  • A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or a tertiary (postsecondary) degree that is deemed comparable to a four-year bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution. 
  • Official transcripts from each institution attended
  • GPA 
  • English Proficiency
  • References (3)
  • Résumé or curriculum vitae — Upload your résumé (one to two pages) to the online application.
  • Personal Statement — A  statement (one to two pages) addressing your purpose and objectives in enrolling in a graduate program in special education.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    33231 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1007 USD per credit during 12 months.
  • National

    33231 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1007 USD per credit during 12 months.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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