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

Christine L. Fryer, Ed.D.
Chairperson of the School of Education, Clinical Assistant Professor

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

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

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

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

Find Your Counselor

Tony Roma

Graduate Admissions Counselor
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 Jermyn, 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 Learning Commons.  Electric City coffee, the cafe area, and the student atmosphere make the Learning Commons 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.

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.


*EDUC 501
Research Theory
EDUC 554
Learning Theories
*SPED 545A I
Applied Research
Applied Research
Applied Research


SPED 500 Special Education Law and Service Delivery
SPED 511 Curriculum Adaptations for the Special Needs Learner
SPED 523 Programming for the At-Risk Infant/Preschool Child
SPED 536 Cognitive Assessment and Remediation
SPED 539 Behavior Management Approaches
R ED 530 Reading Disabilities and Diagnosis
R ED 533 Remedial Techniques
EDUC 520 Universal Design for Learning
EDUC 561 Methods, Materials and Assessment for ESL
*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