MS in Special Education Overview The accredited Master of Science in Special Education program equips teaching professionals with the fundamental skills, knowledge and competencies needed to meet the needs of students with disabilities in multiple settings. The program is a flexible and convenient part-time graduate program that gives current teachers a comprehensive understanding of developing the potential of students with disabilities.ConcentrationsAutism Spectrum Disorders The number of children diagnosed with Autism or Asperger’s Syndrome has increased drastically over the past decade. Consequently, there is an increasingly high-demand for professionals trained in educating children diagnosed with Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome. The Autism concentration is designed for those who seek additional expertise in this critical field. The concentration’s curriculum provides knowledge and skills for working with these students. Effective teaching methods, interventions, and support will also be emphasized.Collaborative Special Education Law and Process Special Education is a dynamic field, continually impacted by legislation, regulation and litigation. This concentration is designed for those interested in enhancing their proficiency in the procedural and substantive rules that guide the development and implementation of an appropriate education for students with disabilities. Leadership skills in areas such as collaboration, special education advocacy, IEP meeting facilitation, collaborative problem solving and dispute resolution will be emphasized.Multisensory Reading Instruction Level IIt is estimated that up to 20% of school age children experience difficulty with some aspect of literacy. This course sequence gives teachers the necessary skills to provide direct instruction in a multisensory phonetic-based program to students with decoding deficits. With successful completion of the coursework, you'll be eligible for WILSON® Level 1 Certification. The Wilson Reading System® is recognized nationwide and is a highly desirable certification to have in Special Education.Technologies for Special Education Best practices in the education of students with disabilities require educational professionals to be proficient with a wide range of technologies. This concentration is designed for those seeking additional expertise in the area of educational technologies and assistive technology that can be used to create accessible learning opportunities and increased outcomes for students with disabilities.Customization If you already posses a special education certification and want to enhance your skills in specific special education topic areas, you may choose to take two of the concentrations (24 credits) and 15 credits of your choosing from the special education certification core in addition to completing the research courses.Certification OptionsIncluded in the curriculum for the M.S. in Special Education is the coursework necessary to pursue the PA Instructional I Special Education PreK-8 or 7-12 certification. Candidates seeking PA Special Education certification, PreK-8 or 7-12, must have an active PA Instructional I or Instructional II teaching certificate in a corresponding area. Those who do not have teaching certification have the following options:Earn a Instructional I certificate through our Post-Bachelor’s Teaching Certification Program before applying to the MS in Special Education program.Apply instead to the MS Teaching, Learning and Curriculum: Teacher Certification Track program, which includes Special Education electives.Take the MS in Special Education program as a non-certification student. Students who choose this option will not be able to teach in public schools in Pennsylvania. However, many teachers in states outside of Pennsylvania choose this option after contacting their state’s Department of Education to determine special education certification requirements in their state. Our Graduates Make a DifferenceRecent graduate Ashley Swestyn worked to help parents learn their rights in regards to their children’s special needs education. Read her story.An Evening for EducatorsDrexel University Online recognizes all the hard work and dedication it takes to be an educator. Please join us for one of the following Teacher Appreciation Week events:Washington, DC - Wednesday, May 3 - 4:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. ESTPhiladelphia, PA - Thursday, May 4 - 5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. ESTState restrictions may apply to some programs. Learn more. Curriculum This program is organized into four 10-week quarters per year (as opposed to the traditional two semester system) which means you can take more courses in a shorter time period. One semester credit is equivalent to 1.5 quarter credits.The Master of Science in Special Education requires 45.0 credits consisting of 27.0 credits in core special education certification courses, 12.0 credits in concentration courses, and 6.0 credits in research. For a certification in special education, you must have completed 9 prerequisite credits in special education accommodations to apply for certification in Pennsylvania.A field component is required in most courses.Pre-Requisite Courses You must have the following courses in order to apply for a certification in special education. All students entering this master's program from an approved PA certification program after 2011 should have had these core courses in their initial certification program. If you do not have these courses, you must complete them with a minimum grade of "B" in addition to the core certification offerings. EDEX 542Fundamentals of Special Education3.0EDEX 544The Inclusive Classroom3.0One of the following, depending on whether pursuing the PreK-8 or 7-12 certification concentration: EDEX 546Literacy and Content Skill Development PreK-83.0or EDEX 566 Literacy and Content Skill Development 7-12Required Courses EDEX 548Emotional and Behavioral Support of Individuals with Disabilities4.5EDEX 549Teaching Individuals with High Incident Disabilities3.0EDEX 550Teaching Individuals with Low Incident Disabilities3.0EDEX 551Teaching Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder4.5EDEX 552Integrating Technology for Learning & Achievement3.0One of the following course sequences:9.0EDEX 547 & EDEX 553Special Education Processes PreK-8 and Special Education: Methods & Practicum PreK-8 or EDEX 567 & EDEX 563Special Education Processes 7-12 and Special Education: Methods & Practicum 7-12 Capstone Courses EDEX 610Action Research for Special Education Teachers I4.5EDEX 611Action Research for Special Education Teachers II1.5Concentration Courses Complete courses from one of the concentrations listed below.12.0Total Credits45.0Concentration Options Complete one of the following 12.0 credit concentrations:12.0Autism Spectrum Disorders EDEX 556Characteristics & Methods: Autism EDEX 558Characteristics & Methods: High Functioning Autism EDEX 560Communication & Language Interventions: Autism Spectrum Disorders EDEX 562Behavior & Sensory Support: Autism Spectrum Disorders Technologies for Special Education EDEX 570Integrating Assistive Technology for Individuals with High Incident Disabilities EDEX 572Integrating Assistive Technology for Individuals with Low Incident Disabilities EDLT 535Researching & Evaluating Instructional Technology ELL 504Learning Technologies & Disabilities Collaborative Special Education Law & Process EDEX 710School Law & Policy in Special Education EDEX 600Family, School and Community Engagement in Special Education EDEX 601Special Education Advocacy EDEX 602Special Education Dispute Resolution and Skills Training Multisensory Reading Instruction Level I* EDLS 620Applied Methods in Multisensory Reading Instruction EDLS 621Multisensory Reading Instruction K/1 EDLS 622Basic Word Study I EDLS 623Basic Word Study II EDLS 624Multisensory Practicum I EDLS 625Multisensory Practicum II EDLS 626Multisensory Practicum III Total Credits12.0*The multisensory reading instruction courses fulfill certain requirements (but not all) for the Wilson Language Level I certification.View Course Descriptions Admissions Criteria A bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institutionUndergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher (graduate GPA will be considered along with the undergraduate GPA)Required DocumentsWith multiple ways to submit documents, Drexel makes it easy to complete your application. Learn more by visiting our Completing Your Application Guide.A completed applicationOfficial transcripts from all universities or colleges and other post-secondary educational institutions (including trade schools) attendedTwo professional letters of recommendationPersonal EssayAdditional requirements for International Students Tuition The tuition rate for the academic year 2016-2017 is $894 per credit. (A 25% discount off Drexel's regular tuition rate of $1192 per credit) This rate applies only to new online students.Students being readmitted to Drexel University must contact applyDUonline@drexel.edu within the first two weeks of the term to request tuition savings for which they qualify. This program is eligible for Financial Aid. Special tuition rates available for Drexel University Alumni, Military members, and members of our Partner Organizations. Special rates cannot be combined. If you qualify for more than one special rate, you'll be given the one with the largest savings. When receiving special tuition plans with Drexel University Online, you may not combine them with other tuition benefits that may be available from Drexel University. Academic Calendar 2016-2017 Academic Year Term Classes Begin Classes End Exams Begin Exams End Fall 2016 September 19, 2016 December 3, 2016 December 5, 2016 December 10, 2016 Winter 2017 January 9, 2017 March 18, 2017 March 20, 2017 March 25, 2017 Spring 2017 April 3, 2017 June 10, 2017 June 12, 2017 June 16, 2017 Summer 2017 June 26, 2017 September 2, 2017 September 5, 2017 September 9, 2017 2017-2018 Academic Year Term Classes Begin Classes End Exams Begin Exams End Fall 2017 September 25, 2017 December 9, 2017 December 11, 2017 December 16, 2017 Winter 2018 January 8, 2018 March 17, 2018 March 19, 2018 March 24, 2018 Spring 2018 April 2, 2018 June 9, 2018 June 11, 2018 June 15, 2018 Summer 2018 June 25, 2018 September 1, 2018 September 4, 2018 September 8, 2018 Apply today for the MS in Special Education Apply now to begin your application for obtaining a Drexel degree online! or Any problems? Find help or contact us.