Special Education (PK-8)

MS

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

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Special Education (PK-8) at Marywood

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.

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

More About This Degree

  • Learn more about this program or visit the Education website.
  • College: Reap College of Education and Human Development
  • Courses: Available courses in this department
  • 36 Credit Hours Required
  • This program is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP)

    Programs for the preparation of elementary, secondary, K-12 and special education teachers and for the preparation of other school personnel including school psychologists, guidance counselors, principals, superintendents, librarians, reading specialists, speech and language pathologists, home school visitors, and supervisory personnel are accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation.


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

Patricia S. Arter, Ed.D.
Professor
Director of Students On-Campus Achieving Results (SOAR) program

Amy Paciej-Woodruff, Ph.D.​
Coordinator, Higher Education Administration​

Tammy B.H. Brown, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Graduate Reading Department and ESL Program
Part-time lecturer
This is just a sample of our Education faculty - see them all!

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 a regionally 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

Find Your Counselor

Tony Roma

Graduate Admissions Counselor
roma@marywood.edu
Phone: 570-348-6211 ext 4529

About Me: I joined the Marywood Admissions staff in December 2012. I attended Marywood for both my undergraduate and graduate programs. I earned my Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in Business in 2010, and my Master’s degree in Higher Education Administration in 2012. I am originally from Endicott, New York, but currently reside in Scranton, Pa.

My Interests: I’m a sports junkie! I love playing sports and watching sports, especially soccer, which I played and coached at Marywood. I also love basketball and football. I spend my free time with my wife, family, and friends. I enjoy running at Lake Scranton and working out at Marywood's Center for Athletics and Wellness. 

My Favorite Thing about Marywood: I love the sense of community at Marywood – it feels like one big family! We have so many great events all throughout the year and it is wonderful to see the students, faculty, and staff all come together. Marywood also has many beautiful, new facilities.

My Favorite Place on Campus: I love the Center for Athletics and Wellness because of the modern weight room, indoor track, and basketball arena. I also enjoy spending time in the Nazareth Student Center. Starbucks coffee, the bookstore, and the newly renovated dining hall make Naz a great place to be! 

You’d Never Guess: I am the first generation in my family to be born in the United States. Both of my parents were born in Italy, and my maternal grandparents still live in Pofi, Italy with my great grandmother!

My Best Advice:   My advice to prospective graduate students is to have an open communication flow with the admissions staff and faculty members.  Be aware of program deadlines, per-requisite courses you must complete, and exactly what materials you are required to submit.  Graduate admissions can get tricky because each department is looking for something a little bit different!

 


Master of Science in Special Education

(Degree program that builds on a previous certification not in Special Education and leads to PK-8 certification.)
36 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 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