Now you can earn your master's degree and Pa. special education certification (PK-12) completely online, no visits to campus required. The Master of Science in Education with a major in Special Education is designed for teachers who wish to earn Pennsylvania certification in special education in order to help this special group of learners reach their full academic and social potentials.
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Why Study Special Education at Wilkes?
Our curriculum builds on foundational knowledge of special education and explores diagnoses, early intervention strategies, individual learning differences, legal requirements and procedures essential for safeguarding student health and welfare, and best practices for meeting the diverse needs of today’s students. After completing this program, you’ll be well-prepared to take on leadership roles within your district or to implement best practices in serving diverse learners in your classroom.
What Will You Learn as a Special Education Student?
- You’ll learn foundational skills in intercultural communication, inclusive classroom practices, and accommodations and adaptations in teaching students with special needs.
- After a core suite of courses that combine together psychology, curriculum and instruction, and technology in the classroom with issues, laws, and trends in education, you’ll study essential courses in special education with relevant field experience as well as complete an internship.
- You’ll gain the skills needed to expand your career opportunities in education with opportunities in the classroom, as well as clinical settings.
- You’ll be well prepared to create, interpret, administer, and implement Individualized Family Service Plans (IFSPs), Individualized Education Plans (IEPs), and Section 504 Plans in conjunction with team members based on assessment data and the needs of the student.