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At a Glance: Special Education Master's

A non-licensure advanced degree program with a special education focus

The field of special education is dynamic and ever-changing. As a member of a special education team, you will investigate issues around physical and developmental disibilities that impact students' academic and social success. Graduates of this program will go on to be researchers, counselors, administrators, policymakers, and advocates. This is not a licensure program.

According to US News and World Report, special education is one of the 50 best careers of 2010. Job growth is expected to be in double digits for many years to come.

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Program benefits

As a member of this program, you will:

  • Get strong support for research from faculty and colleagues
  • Be on the front lines of a research project that will improve the lives of children with physical and developmental disabilities

Upon completion, you will:

  • Become a knowledgeable advocate for special needs individuals
  • Become an expert on the latest trends in working with special needs populations

Who is this for?

This program is intended for:

  • Policymakers, administrators, researchers, and advocates
  • Classroom teachers who wish to add master's degree to their special education license
  • Anyone wishing to acquire a greater depth of knowledge about special education issues

Program format

The Special Education Master's is a non-licensure program that can be added to a license or taken entirely as a stand-alone program. Our advisers can help you build a program around an interest that best suits your goals.

  • Campus-based classes
  • 45 required credits (9-credit core)
  • Start any time

Get started

Getting started in the Special Education Master's at PSU is easy! There are three prerequisite courses: SPED 590 Applied Behavioral Research SPED 597 Issues in a Specialized Topic, and SPED 506 Capstone Project. This course is offered in winter term and can be taken any time prior to your graduate admission. You may take up to eight credits per term at PSU as a non-admitted student.

If you think that a Special Education Master's is for you, begin with the following:

  1. Make an advising appointment
  2. Meet with an adviser to talk about a focus area within the special education master's
  3. Enroll in the prerequisite courses: SPED 590 Applied Behavioral Research, SPED 597, SPED 506


Randall L. De Pry, PhD
Program Adviser
1-800-547-8887 ext 54493

Special Education Department
1-800-547-8887 ext 54619
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