Special Education


Alvernia University has developed the program in Special Education leading to a Master of Education degree to provide educators with a broad-based knowledge of special-needs students, as they function in communities and classroom settings. In our Special Education program, students will find the knowledge and skills necessary to work with special-needs students.

Make your teaching position matter by educating special-needs students using theory, fundamental techniques, and research based best practices. This program provides both historical and current knowledge of legislation, laws and research findings, existing and emerging theory, and methods of assessment for this population.

Special attention is given to individual and state-wide planning, as well as new technology to support today's differentiated instruction. Important trends in programs and services, and strategies to develop reading skills for students are also studied.
Alvernia's Master of Education degree provides the professional educator with a broad-based knowledge of information in the field of special education. The program in Special Education leading to a Master of Education is approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

View the curriculum and course descriptions required for this degree, learn more about our admission process, or request more information.

Faculty Perspective
Ellen Engler
Ellen Engler, B.S., M.S.Ed.
Associate Professor of Education

“The M.Ed. and graduate certification programs at Alvernia University employ a values-centered approach to prepare highly-qualified, caring educators and school leaders. Through coursework and field work, students become ready to address many needs of diverse populations we now see in today’s schools.”

Student Profile
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Steph Snavely, M.Ed. ’10

“The M.Ed. program at Alvernia University has provided an academically challenging experience which is relevant to my career as a teacher.”

Sheila Nolt, M.Ed. ’09

“Alvernia University has challenged and broadened my views on education. People have been extremely helpful and friendly, unlike other institutions I attended in the past. It has a personal touch.”

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