Special Education: PK-8 or 7-12

MS

  • Gain knowledge of students w/special needs
  • Balance theory & research w/practical application
  • Second certification for credentialed teachers

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Candidates enrolled in graduate programs in Special Education are part of the Marywood legacy for preparing special educators since 1948. Current faculty have many years of experience in the field and all hold credentials in the areas in which they teach. Every candidate is assigned a program advisor and benefits from classes that greatly have a 1:15 faculty-student ratio.

This is not a stand alone program; it is a second certification only.

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Accomplished Education Faculty


Frances E. Russell, I.H.M., Ph.D, C.M.F.C
Associate Professor of Education

Joseph A. Polizzi, Ph.D.
Chairperson of Education Department
Associate Professor of Education and Educational Leadership

Bernice P. Lukus
Co-Chairperson of Education Department
Clinical Instructor Special Education Program

Kerri J. Tobin, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Education

Students benefit from state-of-the-art technically equipped classrooms, a curriculum lab and grant funded Assisted Technology Center. These facilities allow graduate students to have hands on experience when developing knowledge and skill competencies throughout their program. The Assistive Technology Center was developed to be used by students with disabilities and for training those who will work with them; includes Braille embossers, closed circuit TV, captioning, and specialized software for speech recognition, concept mapping, phonetic spelling, and word prediction.

Graduate Admissions Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university
  • “B” average during undergraduate study or demonstrated potential for graduate work
  • Completed application
  • Essay
  • Official, sealed transcripts
  • Two or three letters of recommendation

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Master of Science in Special Education

(Degree program that builds on a previous certification not in Special Education and leads to PK-8 certification.)
39 semester hours

The assumption is that candidates seeking this degree already have core curriculum and instruction education courses including math, science, social studies, and reading methods. Candidates not meeting this requirement may be required to take additional coursework.

I. PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION AND CORE COURSES

**EDUC 501
Research Theory
3
EDUC 554
Learning Theories
3
**SPED 545A I
Applied Research
1
SPED 545B
Applied Research
1
SPED 545C
Applied Research
1

II. CONCENTRATION

SPED 500 Special Education Law and Service Delivery
3
SPED 511 Curriculum Adaptations for the Special Needs Learner
3
SPED 522 Career Education for Students with Disabilities
3
OR
SPED 523 Programming for the At-Risk Infant/Preschool Child
3
SPED 536 Cognitive Assessment and Remediation
3
SPED 539 Behavior Management Approaches
3
R ED 530 Reading Disabilities and Diagnosis
3
R ED 533 Remedial Techniques
3
EDUC 520 Universal Design for Learning
3
EDUC 561 Methods, Materials and Assessment for ESL
3
**EDUC 501 and SPED 545A should be taken concurrently.

Program Prerequisites: an Education core including R ED 526 Teaching Content Area Reading.
PECT test: Special education Pre K-8