Make your teaching position matter by educating special-needs students using theory, fundamental techniques, and research based best practices.


Master of Education in Special Education prepares educators who hold another teaching certification to be successful in a variety of inclusive special education classroom settings. The program has the option to add the Special Education Certification. Applicants are required to submit valid Pennsylvania Elementary or Secondary Certification. 


Special Education Program Mission

The Alvernia University Education Department, rooted in a proud Franciscan heritage, is dedicated to providing instruction in educational theory balanced with current best practices. The Special Education Program focuses on the high leverage practices of interdisciplinary collaboration and inclusivity within a legally and ethically responsible environment, designed to foster growth in all children and adolescents with identified learning needs in our schools today. 

The program is approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.The curriculum complies with current Pennsylvania and national standards. In addition to coursework that focuses on young students with special needs such as learning disabilities, social/emotional disorders, and autism, the certification program includes coursework in technology, literacy and teaching strategies and methods for the instruction of students. Certification students are required to complete classroom field experiences to enhance their understanding of working with children with various abilities and disabilities.

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Questions? Contact:

Kelly Burr, M.Ed.

Associate Director of Admissions, School of Graduate and Adult Education

610-796-8296 (phone),  610-796-8367 (fax)


Mary B. Schreiner, Ph.D.

Coordinator, Special Education & Graduate Programs in Education


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