Academic Programs of Study

Special Education

Master of Science (MS) in Special Education

  • Certification in PreK-8 or 7-12
  • On-campus and online options
  • Balance theory and research with practical applications

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Special Education at Marywood

Marywood's M.S. in Special Education program is accredited and approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

Certification in PreK-8 or 7-12

Our program is designed specifically for certified educators who would like to obtain a second certification in special education. You may choose a certification in either Pre-Kindergarten to 8th grades or 7th to 12th grades.

On-Campus and Online Options

For your convenience, we offer both a traditional on-campus program and a flexible, online option.

More About This Degree


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

Christine L. Fryer, Ed.D.
Associate Professor of Practice

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

Tammy B.H. Brown, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Graduate Reading Program and ESL Program
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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.

Specific Program Requirements

You must have a teaching certification to enroll in this program. For a special education certification in PreK-8, you must have one of the following certifications:

  • N-3
  • K-6
  • PreK-4
  • 4-8
  • K-12
  • Reading specialist

For a certification in 7-12, you must have one of the following:

  • 7-12
  • K-12
  • Reading specialist

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

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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.)
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