Saint Joseph's University

MS in Special Education

The Master of Science in Special Education program is designed for existing teachers who are looking for specialized and advanced training in exceptional needs education. Learn more about this graduate degree series from Saint Joseph's University here.

Official Program Name:

Master of Science in Special Education

School Offering Program:

Saint Joseph's University

Degree Level:


Program Prerequisites:

This program is designed to build on the competencies possessed by existing educators. Consequently, individuals interested in this program should be certified K-12 teachers. Applicants to Saint Joseph's University's program should have earned at least a bachelor's degree; some programs may have additional requirements.

Program Description:

The Master of Science in Special Education program is designed to provide learners with an understanding of the brain growth and development of young children specific to its effect on vision, language development, social behavior, and retention. Participants have the chance to learn to develop individualized educational plans and inclusive curricula for students with emotional, behavioral, and learning disabilities. They'll also have the opportunity to study the different technologies that can be implemented into instructional sessions, and they'll learn to assess students' learning and growth outcomes. Courses are designed to cover the professional partnerships that may be needed when working with special education students, and learners will explore the resources available to special needs families. The program is also intended to examine laws affecting exceptional student populations.

Learning Format:


Total Credits Required:

36 credits

Financial Aid:

Financial assistance may be available in the form of student loans or grants. Active military, reservists and spouses of these military personnel may be eligible for tuition discounts for online degrees and graduate level certificate programs. Contact Saint Joseph's University to learn more.

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Required Courses for a Master of Science in Special Education:

Program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Saint Joseph's University to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

Special Education Core Courses

  • SPE 600: Current Issues in Special Education: Theoretical Practice and Procedures
  • SPE 608: Families, Schools, and Communities: Communication and Collaboration
  • SPE 602: Diagnostic Assessment and Progress Monitoring
  • SPE 603: Theory and Instructional Practice: Students with High Incidence Disabilities
  • SPE 604: Research-based Models and Procedures: Literacy, Written and Oral Language, and Reading in the Content Areas
  • SPE 605: Research-based Models and Procedures: Mathematics and Science Procedures
  • SPE 612: Inclusive Classroom Practices
  • SPE 606: Theory and Instructional Practice: Students with Emotional/Social and Behavioral Disorders
  • SPE 607: Theory and Instructional Practice: Students with Low Incidence Disabilities

Special Education Electives

  • SPE 601: Technology and Instructional Design for Differentiated Instruction (3 credits)
  • SPE 700: Special Education School Law and Policy (3 credits)
  • SPE 701: Cognitive Processes: Research-based Brain Studies for the Educator (3 credits)
  • SPE 702: Culturally Responsive Teaching Structured Language Instruction (3 credits)

Post-Graduation Opportunities:

Career Paths:

Upon completion of this Saint Joseph's University master's degree program, graduates could be able to undertake additional responsibilities related to their current teaching position. Opportunities could be found within public or private elementary, middle, and high schools as well as postsecondary institutions.

Individuals who have earned a Master of Science in Special Education degree could be able to seek employment as:

  • Exceptional needs educators
  • Educational advocates
  • Special education professors

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