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Master of Science (MS) Degree in Special Education

Drexel University School of Education

Drexel's​ Master​ ​of​ ​Science​ ​degree​ ​(MS)​ ​in​ ​Special​ ​Education​ ​is​ ​designed​ ​to​ ​produce highly​ ​qualified​ ​professionals​ ​to​ ​expand​ ​educational​ ​horizons​ ​for​ ​all​ ​students​ ​in need.​ ​Schools​ ​are​ ​facing​ ​a​ ​severe​ ​and​ ​chronic​ ​shortage​ ​of​ ​certified​ ​special education​ ​teachers​ ​and​ ​administrators,​ and​ ​there​ ​has​ ​never​ ​been​ ​a​ ​better​ ​time​ ​to explore​ ​a​ ​career​ ​working​ ​with​ ​children​ ​with​ ​special​ ​needs​.​ ​There​ ​is​ ​a​ ​desperate​ ​need for​ ​talented,​ ​qualified​ ​individuals​ ​who​ will​ ​work​ ​to​ ​create​ ​a​ ​fair​ ​and​ ​welcoming environment​ ​to​ ​provide​ ​education​ ​to​ ​all​ ​students​.

Drexel​ ​University’s​ ​School​ ​of​ ​Education​ ​graduate​ ​degree​ ​in​ ​special​ ​education​ ​is 100%​ ​online,​ ​giving​ ​you​ ​the​ ​flexibility​ ​you​ ​need​ ​to​ ​advance​ ​or​ ​accelerate​ ​your​ ​career in​ ​special​ ​education​ ​teaching.

What​ ​Can​ ​You​ ​Do​ ​with​ ​a​ ​Master’s​ ​Degree​ ​in​ ​Special Education?

The​ ​need​ ​for​ those​ ​with​ ​a​ ​special​ ​education​ ​degree​ ​is​ ​projected​ ​to​ ​increase​ ​rapidly over​ ​the​ ​next​ ​decade​ ​due​ ​to​ ​rising​ ​populations,​ ​legislation​ ​that​ ​demands​ ​higher standards,​ ​and​ ​the​ ​need​ ​to​ ​implement​ instructional​ ​technology​ ​in​ ​special​ ​education classrooms.

Special​ ​education​ experts​ ​with​ ​graduate​ ​degrees​ ​can​ ​fill​ ​a​ ​variety​ ​of​ ​roles​ ​such​ ​as:

  • Department​ ​chair​ ​or​ ​an​ ​administrator​ ​overseeing​ ​special​ ​education​ ​programs
  • Educational​ ​advisor​ ​in​ ​a​ ​state​ ​or​ ​the​ ​national​ ​department​ ​of​ ​education
  • Special​ ​education​ ​advocate
  • Advisor​ ​in​ ​a​ ​professional​ ​organization
  • Expert​ ​advisor​ ​for​ ​product​ ​development

A​ ​master’s​ ​in​ ​special​ ​education​ ​prepares​ ​students​ ​to​ ​apply​ ​for​ ​Pennsylvania’s special​ ​education​ certification.​ ​Upon​ ​completion​ ​of​ ​the​ ​necessary​ special​ ​education degree​ requirements,​ ​Drexel​ ​University​ ​will​ ​recommend​ ​the​ ​student​ ​for​ ​the appropriate​ ​certification.

​Master’s ​Degree ​in Special​ ​Education​ ​- ​Program Options

The​ ​special​ ​education​ ​graduate​ ​program​,​ ​which​ ​is​ ​delivered​ ​entirely​ ​online,​ ​was recently​ ​named​ ​one​ ​of​ ​the​ ​best​ ​online​ ​master's​ ​programs​ ​in​ ​education.

Drexel​ ​University​ ​has​ ​been​ ​offering​ ​online​ ​courses​ ​since​ ​1996,​ ​bringing​ ​its recognized​ ​faculty​ ​and​ ​curricula​ ​to​ ​a​ ​worldwide​ ​student​ ​body.​ ​Drexel​ ​is​ ​a​ ​winner​ ​of the​ ​Sloan-C​ ​Award​ ​for​ ​Excellence​ ​in​ ​Institution-Wide​ ​Online​ ​Education​ ​and​ ​is committed​ ​to​ ​providing​ ​quality,​ ​accredited​ ​programs​ ​online.​ ​This​ ​is​ ​a​ ​flexible program​ ​with​ ​no​ ​fixed​ ​class​ ​hours​ -​ ​allowing​ ​you​ ​to​ ​pursue​ ​your​ ​master’s​ ​degree​ ​in special​ ​education​ ​on​ ​a​ ​schedule​ ​that​ ​works​ ​for​ ​you​.

Graduate Special​ ​Education​ ​Program ​Eligibility

Admissions Criteria

  • A bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher (graduate GPA will be considered along with the undergraduate GPA)
    • If you do not meet this requirement, you’re still encouraged to apply and your file will be reviewed on an individual basis by the Program Director

Required Documents

With multiple ways to submit documents, Drexel makes it easy to complete your application. Learn more by visiting Drexel Online's Completing Your Application Guide.

  • A completed application
  • Official transcripts from all universities or colleges and other post-secondary educational institutions (including trade schools) attended
  • Two professional letters of recommendation
  • Personal Essay that addresses the following:
    • Why you are interested in this field
    • Why you are interested in attending the program at Drexel University
    • What are your career goals and how will Drexel’s program help you achieve those goals?
    • How does this program relate to your previous education and/or work experience?
  • Additional requirements for International Students

Special​ ​Education​ ​Courses ​& ​Curriculum

Drexel’s​ ​Master​ ​of​ ​Science​ ​(MS)​ ​degree​ ​in​ ​Special​ ​Education​ ​relies​ ​a​ ​great​ ​deal​ ​on collaboration​ ​and​ ​experience.​ ​Our​ ​curriculum​ ​incorporates​ ​traditional​ ​coursework and​ cutting​-edge​ ​instruction​ ​using​ ​current​ ​learning​ ​technologies,​ ​instructional​ ​design and​ ​comprehensive​ ​research.

The​ ​program​ ​can​ ​be​ ​completed​ ​within​ ​21​ ​months​ ​and​ ​consists​ ​of​ ​45​ ​credits:

  • 27​ ​credits​ ​in​ ​Core​ ​Special​ ​Education​ ​Certification​ ​courses
  • 12​ ​credits​ ​in​ ​concentration​ ​courses
  • 6​ ​credits​ ​in​ ​action​ ​research

In​ ​addition​ ​to​ ​the​ ​coursework,​ ​students​ ​are​ ​required​ ​to​ ​develop​ ​a​ ​professional portfolio,​ which​ ​serves​ ​as​ ​a​ ​“capstone”​ ​experience​ ​in​ ​which​ ​graduate​ ​students demonstrate​ ​the​ ​skills​ ​and​ ​core​ ​competencies​ ​of​ ​the​ ​special​ ​education​ ​degree specialization​.​ ​The​ ​portfolio​ ​will​ ​be​ ​reviewed​ ​during​ ​the​ ​student’s​ ​exit​ ​interview, which​ ​is​ ​conducted​ ​in​ ​the​ ​final​ ​term.​ ​Students​ ​must​ ​earn​ ​a​ ​passing​ ​score​ ​on​ ​their portfolio​ ​and​ ​the​ ​exit​ ​interview​ ​to​ ​be​ ​recommended​ ​for​ ​completion​ of​ ​the​ ​special education​ ​graduate​ ​program​.

For​ ​the​ ​MS​ ​in​ ​Special​ ​Education​ ​curriculum,​ ​please​ ​see​ ​the​ Drexel​ ​University Course​ ​Catalog.

Students​ ​have​ ​an​ ​opportunity​ ​to​ ​pursue​ one​ ​of​ ​the​ ​following​ ​concentrations:

For​ ​more​ ​details​ ​on​ ​required​ ​coursework​ ​for​ ​the​ ​MS​ ​in​ ​Special​ ​Education,​ ​please visit​ ​the​ Drexel​ ​University​ ​Online​ ​Course​ ​Catalog.

Special​ ​Education​ Practicum

Drexel’s​ Master​ ​of​ ​Science​ ​degree​ ​(MS)​ ​in​ ​Special​ ​Education​ ​is​ ​a​ ​certification-driven program​ ​with​ ​the​ ​goal​ ​of​ ​preparing​ ​teachers​ ​with​ ​the​ ​skills​ ​and​ ​knowledge​ ​to advance​ ​learning​ ​for​ ​all​ ​students​ ​with​ ​disabilities.​ The​ ​special​ ​education​ ​graduate program​ ​is​ ​part​ ​of​ ​an​ ​experiential​ ​degree​ ​that​ ​provides​ ​in-depth​ ​theory​ ​regarding disabilities​ ​connected​ ​to​ ​actual​ ​educational​ ​practice.

A​ ​variety​ ​of​ practicum​ ​application​ ​requirements​ ​are​ ​built​ ​into​ ​the​ special​ ​education degree​ ​core​ ​certification​ ​curriculum.​ ​The​se​ ​field​ ​experiences​ ​are​ ​a​ ​critical​ ​part​ ​of​ ​the coursework​ ​where​ ​students​ ​apply​ ​their​ ​academics​ ​in​ ​a​ ​real​ ​classroom​ ​setting​ ​and develop​ ​a​ ​model​ ​of​ ​teaching​ ​that​ ​will​ ​guide​ ​them​ ​throughout​ ​their​ ​professional career.

How ​to ​Apply ​to ​the ​Master ​of ​Science ​in Special Education​ ​Program

The master's of science in Special Education is offered 100% online. You can get started by filling out the Drexel Online application.