Special Education and PreK-12 Certification 4+1 Bachelor's Plus Accelerated Master's Program


This combined degree program leads to either a B.A. or B.S. degree in an academic discipline from the College of Arts and Sciences, the P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Sciences, the College of Health, or the College of Business, and an M.Ed. degree in Special Education. In addition, students also earn eligibility for a Special Education teaching certification from the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) in grades PreK-12.

The demand for special education teacher remains very high. This degree program will allow students who are interested in special education to earn both a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in five years instead of the traditional six. They are also eligible for getting a a Special Education teaching certification from the Pennsylvania Department of Education.


This 39-credit (minimum) master’s program prepares students for certification as PreK-12 special education teachers.

Course NuMber Course Name Credits
SPED 332 Introduction to Inclusion and Exceptional Education 3
TLT 407 Instructional Design for K-12 Classrooms 3
SPED 404 Cultural and Linguistic Diversity 3
SPED 409 K-12 Classroom Environment and Management 3
SPED 411 Early Childhood Education 3
SPED 418 Alternative Curricular Approaches 3
SPED 419 Intensive Intervention in Reading 3
SPED 421 Intensive Intervention in Mathematics and Content Area Literacy 3
SPED 423 Supporting Transition for Individuals with Disabilities 3
SPED 432 Positive Behavior Support 3
SPED 452 Assessment in Special Education 3
SPED 465 Advanced Inclusionary Practices in K-12 3
SPED 443 Special Education Student Teaching and Seminar 3
Other electives as approved by advisor    
Click here to view the course catalog which provides descriptions of the courses.