Special Education, Administrative & Supervision

MS

  • Integrate school leadership with specialized programming 
  • Plan, supervise, manage programs
  • Enhance your administrative & interpersonal skills

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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.

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Accomplished Education Faculty


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

Michelle R. Gonzalez, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Special Education

Frances E. Russell, I.H.M., Ph.D, C.M.F.C
Associate 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 Administration and Supervision of Special Education

30 semester hours

I. PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION AND CORE COURSES

EDUC 501 Research Theory 3
EDUC 554 Learning Theories 3

II. CONCENTRATION

SPED 507 Characteristics of Students with 3
SPED 511 Curriculum Adaptations for Special Learners 3
SPED 539 Classroom Behavior Management 3
SPED 540 Administration & Supervision of Special Education Programs 3
SPED 544 Practicum in Special Education Supervision 3
EDUC 545 Administrative Theory for School Leaders 3
EDUC 547 Curriculum Planning for Schools 3
EDUC 552 Personnel Leadership in Schools 3

* Prerequisite of SPED 500 Special Education Law and Service Delivery

Special Education Supervisor Certification Requirements

(Available with M.S.Special Education or as Post-Masters Certification):

  1. Follow normal application procedures for admission to graduate programs of the University, indicating the desire to seek this certification. Candidates must possess a 3.00 average in all prior graduate work.
  2. Successfully complete an interview after six (6) credits if the master's degree was not awarded at Marywood. Prerequisites are an M.S. in Special Education and five years of satisfactory teaching experience on a valid special education teaching certificate.
  3. Successfully complete a minimum of eighteen (18) semester hours in the following areas:
    EDUC 545 Administrative Theory for School Leaders
    3
    EDUC 547 Curriculum Planning for Schools
    3
    EDUC 552 Personnel Leadership in Schools
    3
    SPED 540 Administration & Supervision of Special Education Programs
    3
    SPED 544 Practicum in Special Education Supervision
    3
  4. Pass the Educational Leadership: Administration and Supervision (0411) Praxis test.
  5. Provide evidence of having completed five (5) years of satisfactory teaching experience on a valid special education teaching certificate at the time of application for Pennsylvania certification.

At the point of admission/acceptance, the Education Department will determine if the candidate has met all competencies as outlined by the State Department of Education. If it is determined that a candidate is lacking in any area, more than these eighteen (18) semester hours may be required.

Likewise, if a candidate has fulfilled some of the courses required for the supervisor certification, the courses will not be repeated. As with all certification, 50 percent of the required courses must be taken at Marywood University.

A practicum is a requirement in the Special Education Supervisor Certification Program. The minimum requirement for the initiation of the practicum is the completion of twelve (12) credit hours of the required certification program. At least six (6) of the credit hours must have been completed at Marywood. The practicum must be completed at the level at which the student seeks certification. (Ordinarily this would be the district or Intermediate Unit level, with a broad range of PK-12 experiences.) The practicum includes a minimum of 300 hours of administrative experience. Practicums are usually arranged during the fall and spring semesters.