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Special Education Master of Education and/or Special Education Add-on Certification , Certification , M.Ed.


The Master of Education in Special Education is for teachers who have Instructional I or II Certification in fields other than Special Education or those who want to pursue advanced studies in Special Education.

Add on Certification in Special Education: Pre K-8 OR 7-12

This option is for teachers who have Instructional I or II Certification, and who want certification in Special Education Pre K-8 or 7-12 as an additional certification. This certification requires a 6-week full field experience/Practicum under a University supervisor and cooperating teacher.

Special Education Pre K-8 OR 7-12 Certification and Degree Program

This option is for teachers who want both certification and a master's degree in Special Education either in grades Pre K-8 or 7-12.

Admissions Requirements

Admissions to the M.Ed. programs are evaluated on a rolling basis. 

Application Checklist Items

  • Application Fee: $50
  • Standardized Exam Required: No
  • Official Transcripts Required: Yes
  • Personal Statement Required: Yes
  • Letters of Recommendation: 1 Required
  • Resume Required: Graduate Program in Higher Education only
  • Copy of teaching certificate, if applicable

International Students

  • English Competency Exam Required: TOEFL
  • Transcript Evaluation Required: Yes
  • Certificate of Finances Required: Yes


Prerequisite Courses | 3 credits - not counted in credits for degree or certification
  • SE 500 Foundations of Special Education | 3 credits
Major Courses | 33 credits for certification or 18 credits for degree only
  • SE 504 Curricula and Strategies for Moderate to Severe Disabilities | 3 credits
  • SE 506 Transition for Early Learning (Pre K-8 only) | 3 credits
  • SE 508 Collaboration and Consultation | 3 credits
  • SE 512 Technology in Special Education | 3 credits
  • SE 518 Positive Behavior Management for Academic Success | 3 credits
  • SE 520 Secondary Transition Services (7-12 only) | 3 credits
  • SE 522 Remedial Techniques in Reading and Writing | 3 credits
  • SE 526 Content Access for Students with Learning Differences | 3 credits
  • SE 592 Special Education 6 week Practicum Elementary (Pre K-8 only) | 6 credits
    or SE 594 Special Education 6 week Practicum Secondary (7-12 only) | 6 credits
  • ED 515 Foundations of English Learners Education | 3 credits
  • ED 528 Data Driven Assessment and Planning | 3 credits

Note:  Additional Field Experience hours may be required.

M.Ed. Degree Courses | 9 credits for degree only
  • ED 504 Philosophy & Ethics in Education | 3 credits
  • ED 501 Educational Research | 3 credits
  • ED 600 Critical Issues & Research Seminar (Capstone Course) | 3 credits

Course Requirements


Value-Added Features

Technology-Rich Curriculum: DeSales University Teacher Education has received a special designation from the Pennsylvania Department of Education for industry-leading technology integration in our teacher education programs.

Transferable Certification to Other States: Pennsylvania mandates rigorous, clear, teacher certification standards that make Pennsylvania certification easily transferable to other states. For additional detail on individual state certification requirements, refer to the state of choice.

'Flex' Classrooms: DeSales has 10 classrooms and four mobile units specifically configured for the 'Flex' class format, for both in-class and online students. The flex classrooms utilize additional video monitors and webcams to fully incorporate and engage online students into the live class session.

Education Resource Lab

Students of DeSales education programs benefit from having access to the Department of Education's Resource Lab. The Lab is a convenient space where students gather to discuss topics, research, study, and work together on group projects. All the resources needed — computers, art supplies, research library texts, and more — are available to assist education students with their academic pursuits

Tuition & Fees

Program Costs
  • Tuition/credit hour: $550
  • Application Fee: $50
  • Instructional Technology Fee: $10/credit included in tuition
  • Internship/Practicum Fee: $325
  • Student Teaching Fee: $650
  • Certificate Fee: $40
  • Graduation Fee: $120
  • Returned Check Service: $30 
  • Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) fee – 30% of course tuition charge

Tuition Deferment

DeSales University offers graduate students the opportunity to defer payment of their tuition when they will be receiving reimbursement from their employer or when they are eligible to receive financial aid. A copy of your employer's tuition reimbursement policy must be forwarded to the Treasurer's Office and/or all necessary financial aid paperwork must be filed with the Financial Aid Office before tuition deferment is granted. 

Tuition deferment is a privilege given to graduate students at DeSales and can be revoked if this privilege is abused. Please note that you, as the student, are responsible for payment of your tuition balance in the event that your financial aid/loans or employer reimbursement is not received by the Treasurer's Office.

Tuition Reimbursement

When a student is eligible for tuition reimbursement from his/her employer, written evidence of eligibility is required. The student is responsible for requesting this reimbursement from his/her employer. In cases where reimbursement is contingent upon successful completion of the course(s) and the student either withdraws or does not achieve a grade sufficient to warrant maximum reimbursement, the student is ultimately responsible for payment for the course(s).

Refund on Withdrawal

A refund of tuition payments will be made to a student who withdraws from a course. In all cases, credits will be calculated from the date the student completed the official withdrawal form, and the rebate will be based on the schedule shown listed below. 

Refunds apply to tuition only. If a student is allowed to enroll by use of the deferred payment procedure, any funds due the University are immediately due and payable upon withdrawal.

Withdrawal during the add/drop period is 100% of tuition refunded. The schedule below is for withdrawal after the first class after the close of the add/drop period. 

Three-Credit Courses

  • Withdrawal after 1st class: 80% of tuition refunded

  • Withdrawal after 2nd class: 65% of tuition refunded

  • Withdrawal after 3rd class: 50% of tuition refunded

  • Withdrawal after 4th class: 25% of tuition refunded

  • Withdrawal after 5th class: No refund

Weekend and Accelerated Courses

  •  No refund is made after the course has begun.

One-Credit Courses

  •  No refund is made after the course has begun. 

Online Learning at DeSales

Attending classes from an off-campus location can be an excellent option for many busy students. Distance education at DeSales encompasses everything from video conference courses to hybrid (a combination of in-class and online) to online courses. 

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Master of Education (M.Ed.)