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M.Ed. in Special Education

M.Ed. in Special Education

Special Education PreK-12

The Masters in Education (M.Ed.) programs are designed to meet the professional needs of individuals seeking initial or advanced degree and/or certification(s) programs in education. The mission of the Education Department is to build on the intellectual and holistic foundation of Chestnut Hill College. The overall objective of this program is to contribute to the improvement of instruction in the classroom, the leadership in schools, and support services to meet the needs of all children, most specifically children from PK-12 with disabilities. Essential elements of education programs include student engagement and participation in creating learning environments to develop professional skills and attitudes required to educate a diverse community of learners. The components of this program include; integration of knowledge of theory and practice, field experiences that include student teaching and comprehensive practicum work. Individuals have the opportunity to acquire beginning or advanced knowledge in one or more specialties, to develop greater competence in their disciplines, and to discover innovative and effective approaches to teaching. The Masters in Special Education program is for individuals who are interested in achieving a graduate degree in Special Education.

Complete All:

  • EDUC 520 Educational Research and Evaluation
  • EDSP 522 Balanced Literacy Across the PK-12 Continuum
  • EDSP 530 Theory and Pedagogy in Special Education
  • EDSP 535 Evaluation/Assessment and the Law for Students with Disabilities
  • EDSP 532 The English Language Learner
  • EDSP 621 Classroom Management for Students with Disabilities
  • EDSP 631 Aspects of PK-12 Transition: Early Intervention and Transition for Children with Disabilities
  • EDSP 623  Educational Practice and Assistive Technology for Students with Disabilities
  • EDUC 620 Child and Adolescent Development and Theory- Birth through Adulthood
  • EDUC 621  Foundations of Education PK-12/Org. and Structure of Schools (Stage 2 Field Experience)
  • EDUC 630 Integrated Methods Across the PreK-12 Classroom: Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics (STEAM)
  • EDSP 657 Special Education Student Teaching
  • EDSP 658 Special Education Student Teaching Seminar


Program Completion

Certified Teacher Programs at Chestnut Hill College are approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education to prepare students for certification within the state. In order to become a certified teacher, students must meet the following exit criteria:

  • Complete all coursework, field experiences and/or required student teaching in the certification programs;
  • Maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher;
  • Successfully complete instructional exit competencies determined by the specific program requirements;
  • Pass all appropriate PECT/Praxis Series exams required by PDE;
  • Follow any and all other guidelines announced by PDE;
  • Apply on TIMS for certification.

It is the responsibility of special education PK-12 teacher candidates to apply for certification once they have satisfactorily met the requirements. After the certifying officer of the Education Department receives application through the TIMS online system, the certifying officer has the ability to recommend the candidate by electronically signing and sending the application to the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

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