Program-Specific Requirements

In addition to the University's admission requirements, applicants to the Master of Arts in Special Education Program must:

  • Have maintained a minimum 3.0 GPA while earning an undergraduate degree.

If you are seeking a Pennsylvania Pre K-8 or 7-12 special education teacher certification along with your M.A., you must also:

  • Hold a Pennsylvania teaching certificate in one of the following areas: N-3; K-6; Pre K-4; 4-8; K-12; reading specialist.
  • Have had coursework in English Language Learners (ELL) or English as a Second Language (ESL).
  • Complete a Development Psychology course (if not taken previously).
  • Have received passing scores on state certification tests to meet Pennsylvania’s requirements for the special education Pre K-8 certification.

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