Make your teaching position matter by educating special needs students using theory, fundamental techniques, and research-based 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 is approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education and the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.   


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 starts on Aug. 22 & Oct. 13 in 2022; Jan. 17, Mar. 9, & July 10 in 2023. 

The curriculum complies with the Pennsylvania and national standards. The coursework that focuses on young students with special needs such as learning disabilities, social/emotional disorders, and autism in combined with the coursework in technology, literacy and teaching strategies and methods for the instruction of students. Read more about this online program.

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Questions? Contact:

Kelly Burr, M.Ed.

Associate Director of Graduate Admissions

610.796.8296 (phone),  610-796-8367 (fax)


Lucinda Schaeffer, M. Sc.

Coordinator, Special Education Programs


Master of Education in Special Education