Teaching children in elementary or secondary school who have physical or mental challenges is one of the most essential and gratifying jobs in education today.
And there has never been a greater need for special education teachers, presenting opportunities for teachers who are currently licensed to teach in grades PK-12.
The Master of Special Education program at Wilson College will prepare you to be a successful special education professional.
Vision for the Program
Individuals with a bachelor’s degree who are currently certified to teach in grades PK-12 are eligible for the Special Education Masters (MSE) degree.
The curriculum is predicated on the notion that in order to progress from being good teachers to becoming great teachers, successful teachers will need in-depth knowledge of pedagogy, mastery of contemporary theory, and a grasp of research-based practices and technology.
The Wilson program’s principal goal is to improve teaching skills through research and classroom methods, developing teaching excellence, and teacher leadership.
Master of Special Education Program Options
- Master of Special Education without Certification – This option is for certified educators who want to broaden their knowledge of Special Education in grades PK-12.
- Master of Special Education with PK-12 Certification – This option is for credentialed educators seeking PA Special Education Certification in grades PK-12.
Autism Spectrum Disorders Approval
Teachers with a current Pennsylvania teaching certification are eligible for this endorsement program. This endorsement grants them qualifications in the field of autism spectrum disorder from the Pennsylvania Department of Education.
Other professionals with a Bachelor’s Degree are welcome to attend the program classes, but they are not eligible for the PDE endorsement. Learn more >
Advantages of Wilson Graduate Special Education Masters Programs
- Online Courses allow students to complete the degree entirely online or select a few face-to-face courses.
- In general, class sizes are small (less than 20 students).
- Because there is no set sequence of courses, admission into the program is simple. You can come and go as your schedule allows.
- Graduate on your timetable in one, two, three, or more years. (All course prerequisites and degree requirements must be completed within six years of the first class.)
- There are no fees, which means you simply pay course tuition, which is often reimbursed by school districts.
- Tuition is competitive and among the lowest in the region. There is a tuition deferral option (a $50 deferral fee every semester).