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MS in Special Education

As the number of students requiring special education services continues to rise, schools must increase their capacity to accommodate this diverse population with unique needs. Drexel’s MS in Special Education offers four areas of concentration that provide graduates with the in–depth knowledge and skills to teach in specific areas.

Special Education Certifications

The MS in Special Education prepares students to apply for Pennsylvania’s special education certification. Upon completion of the necessary requirements, Drexel University will recommend the student for the appropriate certification.

Online Delivery

The MS in Special Education, 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 the winner of the 2010 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.

Drexel online programs offer the very same faculty, curriculum, and degree as Drexel's distinguished on-campus programs.


Our students receive support from an academic advisor throughout the program. Advisors help students with course selection, graduation requirements and a variety of academic matters.

If you would like to contact the advisor for the Special Education program, please visit the Academic Advisor Directory.

Career Opportunities

The need for special education teachers 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 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


Drexel’s MS in Special Education offers concentration areas as well as an option for customized study that provide graduates with in-depth knowledge and skills to teach in specific high-need areas.

Concentrations include: