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Special Education: Birth to Grade 8 (Master of Education)

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The SRU Master of Education in Special Education: Birth to Grade 8 program helps students develop expertise delivering special education experiences to individuals in early childhood through early adolescence. This graduate program features exclusively online classes and can be completed in just one year-making it ideal for working professionals.

Description

This SRU Master of Education program is designed with both working professionals and recent grads in mind. Teachers looking to enhance their skills working with diverse student populations and expand their career opportunities will benefit from this program. Teaching students in the program will obtain a special education degree and increase their chances of landing a secure teaching position.

Highlights

SRU's M.Ed. in Special Education - Birth to Grade 8 offers the following:

  • An exclusively online program ideal for working professionals
  • World-class faculty considered to be the leaders in Special Education in PA
  • Curriculum grounded in theory and research supported by a practical hands-on approach
  • PA Department of Education approved and aligned with standards from the Council of Exceptional Children
  • Ability to complete the program in one calendar year

Requirements

Attention: To apply for admission, please use the following link to apply now.

  • $25 Application Fee
  • Copy of Teaching Certificate (optional for Autism degree)
  • Resume 
  • Two Letters of Recommendation: two from a professional or one from a professional and one from a faculty member
  • Official Transcripts- Undergraduate/Graduate (Official transcripts must be sent by institution via electronic transcript e-share to graduate.admissions@sru.edu or via mail- faxed copies will not be considered official) 
  • SRU current/Alumni/former students click here to order your official SRU final transcript and have it sent to graduate.admissions@sru.edu

*If you are requesting review of your graduate transcripts for transfer of credit, please complete the transfer of credit form and submit to the Office of Graduate Admissions with official graduate transcripts. Please review SRU's transfer of credit policy.

* If you are not a resident of Pennsylvania, please check the list of most recent states approved for online classes and internships by clicking here to see if SRU is authorized to offer distance education and/or field experiences in your state of residency. Please contact the Department of Education in your state for information regarding certification.

*Clearances are due no later than one (1) week prior to deadline for course registration for each program's practicum/field experience-----no student will be permitted to register for their program's practicum and take part in practicum/field experiences without clear clearances on file at SRU. Students are to send the following by the due date:

  • Clear Act 34 Criminal History Record: NO record...NONE concerning prohibitive offenses.  A meeting headed by the Dean of the College of Education is required if clearances show non-prohibitive offenses.   Clearance must be less than one year old at the time of submission.
  • Clear Act 114 FBI Record Check: NO record...NONE concerning prohibitive offenses. A meeting headed by the Dean of the College of Education is required if clearances show non-prohibitive offenses.   Clearance must be less than one year old at the time of submission.
  • Clear Act 151 Child Abuse Background Check: NO record...NONE concerning prohibitive offenses.  A meeting headed by the Dean of the College of Education is required if clearances show non-prohibitive offenses.   Clearance must be less than one year old at the time of submission.
  • Act 24 Arrest/Conviction Report and Certification: NO record...NONE concerning prohibitive offenses.  A meeting headed by the Dean of the College of Education is required if clearances show non-prohibitive offenses.  Students must file an updated Act 24 with SRU if any additional arrests/convictions occur while enrolled at SRU.