The Master of Education Degree with Special Education Certification (Grades Pre K-8 and 7-12) curriculum is 45 credits. Students with any bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university are eligible for entry into the program. To qualify for the program, applicants must have a Secondary Education or Elementary Education Certification and pass the Praxis Exam, Education of Exceptional Students: Core Content Knowledge prior to applying for Special Education Certification. Up to 6 graduate credits earned at another institution may be accepted for the Alvernia equivalent at the discretion of the department.


Curriculum Overview (45 credits)

Special Education Teaching Certification (Grades Pre K-8 and 7-12):
MED 505 Introduction to Special Needs Students* - 3 credits
MED 515 Differentiated Instruction in Inclusive Classrooms* - 3 credits
MED 522 Practicum I (30 hours) - 1 credit
MED 523 Practicum II (30 hours) - 1 credit
MED 535 Collaboration & Legal Issues for Special Educators - 3 credits
MED 542 Assessment & Instruction of Students with Developmental Disabilities - 3 credits
MED 544 Transition & Instruction for Secondary Special Needs Students - 3 credits
MED 545 Social Development & Behavior Support in Inclusive Classrooms - 3 credits
MED 605 Enhancing Literacy for Special Needs Students - 3 credits
MED 671 Student Teaching in Special Education (seven weeks) - 3 credits
MED 673 Student Teaching in Special Education Seminar (co-requisite MED 671) - 1 credit

*This class is to be taken prior to those listed below it.

Core Master of Education Courses:
COR 520 Ethics and Moral Leadership - 3 credits
MED 518 Quantitative Research Methods - 3 credits
MED 520 Educators as Researchers (Pre-requisite: MED 518) - 3 credits
MED 610 School Law & Social Advocacy - 3 credits
MED 680 Research Seminar (Pre-requisite: MED 520) - 3 credits
MED XXX Elective - 3 credits

MED with Special Education Certification