Special Education, Administrative and Supervision


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

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Special Education, Administrative and Supervision 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. Every candidate is assigned a program advisor and benefits from classes that greatly have a 1:15 faculty-student ratio.

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
  • 30 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.

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

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

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
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 Administration and Supervision of Special Education

30 semester hours


EDUC 501 Research Theory 3
EDUC 554 Learning Theories 3


SPED 507 Characteristics of Students with Disabilities 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-Master's 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 eighteen (18) semester hours in the following areas:
    EDUC 545 Administrative Theory for School Leaders
    EDUC 547 Curriculum Planning for Schools
    EDUC 552 Personnel Leadership in Schools
    EDUC 554 Contemporary Learning Theories 3
    SPED 540 Administration & Supervision of Special Education Programs
    SPED 544 Practicum in Special Education Supervision
  4. Pass the Educational Leadership: Administration and Supervision (5411) 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.