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Special Education


Are you a certified teacher who wants to expand your knowledge and skills for working with students with disabilities? Do you want to expand your employment potential by adding on special education certification? Let PennWest Edinboro help you achieve your goals with one of the best online Special Education graduate programs in Pennsylvania.

One Of The Best Online Programs In the U.S.

U.S. News and World Report named Edinboro's master's degree in Special Education one of the best online programs in the country.

Why Edinboro Stands Out.

PennWest Edinboro is one of only three CAEP-accredited educational institutions in Pennsylvania — and our program can be completed entirely online.

Our Special Education graduate programs received advanced accreditation from the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation, and both our bachelor's and master's degree programs have been recognized by Online Colleges Database and OnlineU.

The priority of the School of Education is to produce the best possible educators, educational leaders and other professionals; engage with our community partners to impact the lives of the people in the community; and improve our disciplines through scholarship and research-based activities.

How Edinboro Supports You.

In today's inclusive classroom, a strong background in special education will give you the tools you need to become a better, more effective teacher.

Add Special Education Certification To Your Current Teaching Certificate.

If you are already a certified teacher in Pennsylvania, enroll in the M.Ed. in Special Education Option 1 program to obtain PA Special Education certification in only 36 credits. The courses in this program are designed to meet all Pennsylvania Department of Education Special Education guidelines and Council for Exceptional Children standards.

Already Have Special Education Certification?

Enroll in the M.Ed. in Special Education Option 2 and earn your master's degree in only 30 credits, choosing to specialize in behavior management.

Questions About This Program?

Dr. Meghan Ferraro
Graduate Program Head
121 Butterfield Hall
Email: ferrarom@pennwest.edu
Phone: 814-732-2410

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