Special Education Programs

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    Pursue the Track that Fits Your Career Goals

    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. We also have designed this program for the working professional, and offer courses both online and in the evening.

    Three Tracks Give You Professional Options

    Choose from three tracks in Education of Exceptional Persons, or consider our master's program in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology.

    MEd in Special Education

    • Prepare to work in advanced studies in the field of special education.
    • Take core classes in vocational preparation, assessment, research, advanced instruction, professional collaboration, and family perspectives.
    • Select your electives working in conjunction with your advisor.
    • Choose between a thesis and non-thesis option.
    • Take full advantage of your practicum and internship.

    MEd in Special Education and Special Education Certification

    Students who currently hold teaching certification and are seeking additional certification in special education will develop a program of study based upon their past coursework. You will be required to demonstrate competency in teaching methods, child development, and any other area of deficiency noted by the graduate program faculty.

    • Learn from a mix of classes and teaching field experiences designated by PDE requirements.
    • Choose between a thesis and non-thesis option.
    • Select your electives working in conjunction with your advisor.
    • Complete a comprehensive examination as your terminal experience in the course.

    Special Education Certification Only

    Developed for graduate students who hold another teaching certificate and wish to obtain special education certification without earning the MEd degree.

    If you currently hold teaching certification and are seeking additional certification in special education, you will develop a program of study based upon your past coursework

    Select and pursue special education certification at the pre-K-8th grade level or 7th-12th grade level.