Joan Cutone 
9000 Babcock Blvd.
Pittsburgh, PA 15237

Description of the Program

Master of Education with PreK-8 Special Education Certification

Program Guide

PURPOSE: The Master's Degree in Special Education is designed for candidates who currently hold a teaching certificate.  Candidates will become certified in PreK-8 Special Education and continue on to earn a M.Ed. in Special Education.  The curriculum is designed to provide graduates with the advanced skills and knowledge needed to successfully teach children with special needs to work effectively with their families and community agencies.

48 credits are needed to complete the degree


  1. Master's degree candidates (MDC) will demonstrate the knowledge and skills to foster academic, social, and emotional growth to maximize the abilities of individual students with diverse needs.
  2. MDC will demonstrate competence in classroom management for diverse populations, with a focus on students in inclusive settings.
  3. MDC will integrate evidence based practice (instructional strategies and assessment techniques) to meet the needs of students and families.
  4. MDC will employ skills in facilitating the transition process of students with special needs.
  5. MDC will collaborate with various community agencies to enhance educational opportunities for all stakeholders.
  6. MDC will engage in research to actively promote the advancement of the profession.


PreK-8 Special Education courses: 30 credits

EDSP2015 Introduction to High Incidence Disabilities, Accommodations and Adaptations
EDSP2025 Learning Environments, Classroom Behavior Management, Accommodations and Adaptations
EDSP3015 Intro to Low Incidence Disabilities, Methods & Practicum
EDSP3025 Effective Instructional Strategies for Students with Disabilities
EDSP3035 Specialized Instructional Planning, Accommodations, Adaptations & Field Experience
EDSP3040 Evaluation & Authentic Assessment within a Standards Aligned System
EDSP4015 Development of the IEP & Inclusion in Least Restrictive Environment
EDSP4065 Special Education Student Teaching & Seminar
MLED2000 English Language Learners in the Multicultural Classroom

Master of Special Education courses: 18 credits

EDSP5015 Contemporary Issues in Special Education & Introduction to Research
EDSP5025 Collaborating with Families and Community Agencies
EDSP5030 Reading Instruction for Students with High Incidence Exceptionalities
EDSP5035 Research Methods
EDSP6020 Advanced Instructional Strategies and Assistive Technology
EDSP6025 Research Based Assessment Methods and Seminar

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