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A Work of the Heart

Whether you hold a special education certification, wish to obtain it, or want to earn a master’s degree in special education, the IUP Education of Exceptional Persons master’s program will provide you with the knowledge and understanding of working in special education services. Our unique three-track program provides you with flexible options to pursue your degree or certificate as well the opportunity to work in a high-demand profession.

M.Ed. in Education of Exceptional Persons

If you wish to work in human service areas, this program allows you to work in advanced studies in the field of special education. Learn more

Special Education Certification

This program is structured to address your desire of obtaining a special education certification without earning the M.Ed. degree. Learn more

M.Ed. and Special Education Certification

This track allows you to work for your special education certification and your Master of Education degree in special education at the same time. Learn more.

Why Special Education at IUP?

  • You have three options on how you wish to receive your special education certification or degree with our three track program, options that are not often offered elsewhere.
  • Our programs work around your schedule with classes primarily online or in the evening.
  • Teachers holding master's degrees in special education often have higher salaries and more opportunities for advancement in their careers.
  • There is a large need for special education teachers. Having your special education certificate will make you a highly sought-after professional and more likely to be hired in today's competitive job market.

Meet the Coordinator

Dr. Ali Kappel
204 Davis Hall
Phone: (724) 357-2454

  • Communication Disorders, Special Education, and Disability Services Department
  • Davis Hall, Room 203
    570 South Eleventh Street
    Indiana, PA 15705-1087
  • Phone: 724-357-2450
  • Fax: 724-357-7716
  • Office Hours
  • Monday through Friday
  • 8:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
  • 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.