Master of Education with Special Education Certification (Grades PK-12) Program prepares educators for a master's degree with Pennsylvania certification in special education. This program is for educators who hold another teaching certification and would like 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. 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. Read more about this online program.

To enhance their understanding of working with children with various abilities and disabilities, students are required to complete classroom field experiences, pre-student teaching, and six weeks of student teaching.

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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 with Special Education Certification

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