M.Ed. in Special Education (Plus Certifications)

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m.ed. in special education:

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Requirements FOR THE PROGRAM

  • Minimum GPA of 3.0.
  • If undergraduate cumulative GPS is 3.0, no GRE scores are required.
  • Below a 3.0 cumulative GPA, GRE scores of 150 on verbal and quantitative components and a 29 minimum score on analytical writing required.
  • Instructional I teaching certificate (will not receive a special education teaching certification in this master's program).
  • 3 years of teaching experience preferred.
  • Currently teaching students with exceptionalities preferred.

 Required Courses (36 credits)

I.    Knowledge Core Requirement (12 credits)
       EDFN 601: Methods of Research (3)
       EDFN 545: Advanced Educational Psychology (3)

      Choose One:
       
EDFN 511: Comparative Education (3)
        EDFN 590: Social Foundations of Education (3)
        EDFN 603: Philosophy of Education (3)
        EDFN 604: Education and Public Policy (3)

       Choose One:
       
 PSYC 525: Advanced Developmental Psychology (3)
        PSYC 526: Advanced Adolescent Psychology (3)
        PSYC 625: Human Growth and Development (3)

II.   Professional Core Requirements (15 credits)
       SPED 651: Advocacy & Leadership (3)
       SPED 652: Issues in Diversity (3)
       SPED 653: Consultation & Collaboration (3)
       SPED 654: Advanced Pedagogy (3)
       SPED 689: Research Seminar (3)

 III. Specialization Area (6 credits)
       Other combinations may be approved through consultation of advisor

       EDTE 591 & 592:   Education and Technology
       EDUC 561 & 562:   English Language Learners (ELL)
       GFED 670 & 676:   Gifted Education
       RDED 622 & 623:   Reading & Literacy
       SOWK 602 & 611:  Educational Aspects of Social Work

 IV. Comprehensive Exam

  • May be taken once all professional core courses are completed.
  • Must be successfully completed prior to enrolling in SPED 695 Capstone Experience for the Accomplished Special Education Teacher.

V.  Capstone Experience for the Accomplished Special Education Teacher - SPED 695 (3 credits)

  • All knowledge core courses and comprehensive exam must be successfully completed prior to enrollment (up to 6 credits of courses from the remainder of the program may be taken concurrently).
  • Graduate candidates unable to complete the objectives of the courses over the span of a semester man re-enroll for an additional 1 credit per semester for a maximum of 2 additional semesters.

Changes to Special Education Credentialing in Pennsylvania

The current Special Education teaching certification options available in Pennsylvania, PK-grade 8 and grades 7-12, will expire at the end of 2021, to be replaced with a PreK-grade 12 certification. The College of Education and Human Services at Millersville University is going through the important process of curriculum review and updates to align our program with the new competencies for Special Education PreK-12 certification from the Pennsylvania Department of Education; our goal is to have a fully approved Special Education PK-12 program ready for our students starting in 2022.

In the meantime, applicants interested in Special Education still need to apply to one of the existing dual certification programs: SPED PreK-8 with Early Childhood PreK-grade4, or SPED 7-12 with one of the 7-12 or PK-12 content areas (see table below). If you apply to one of these programs and expect to complete after January 1, 2022, you will need to work very closely with your advisor, making sure you are taking the appropriate courses so that we will be able to recommend you for state licensure upon program completion. Current Special Education advising plans include consideration for preparing students for a PK-12 Special Education certification.

NOTE FOR POST-BACCALAUREATE APPLICANTS:

Based on current Pennsylvania Department of Education requirements, post-baccalaureate candidates seeking certification in Special Education need to be dual-enrolled in an Instructional I certification program in an appropriate content area. According to these current regulations, which are in effect through 12/31/2021, candidates completing a Special Education certification program cannot be recommended for licensure unless they first earn the appropriate Instructional I license in the dual-enrolled content area. Please work with your advisor to develop a plan.

K-8 Special Education - must be dual-enrolled in Instructional I program in: 7-12 Special Education - must be dual-enrolled in Instructional I program in:
  •  PreK-4 Early Childhood Education
  •  7-12 (Biology, Chemistry, Early Science, English, Math Physics, Social Studies)
  • K-12 (Art, Music, Language & Culture, Technology & Engineering Education

Post-Baccalaureate Special Education Certification - PreK - 8

A comprehensive (PreK-8) post-baccalaureate certification program with requirements of 27 credits or less is offered, depending on the student’s undergraduate preparation. Candidates must hold a valid teaching certification in a PreK-8 area. A clinical practicum experience is required for all candidates for this Instructional 1 certification.

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Post-Baccalaureate Special Education Certification - 7-12

A comprehensive (7-12) post-baccalaureate certification program with requirements of 27 credits or less is offered, depending on the student’s undergraduate preparation. Candidates must hold a valid teaching certification in a 7-12 area. A clinical practicum experience is required for all candidates for this Instructional 1 certification.

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Post-Master’s Supervisory Certification

A post-master’s certification program for supervision of special education programs is offered. This program consists of four courses (12 s.h.) plus a 3 s.h. practicum experience in special education supervision.

Curriculum

 Must apply to take SPED 799 one semester ahead of time     
     EDSU 700 Functions of Supervision (3)
     EDSU 701 Administrative Aspects of Supervision (3)
     EDSU 703 Curriculum and Supervision (3)
     SPED 681 Administration and Supervision of Special Education Programs (3)
     SPED 799 Applied Supervision: Special Education (3)

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