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PITTSBURGH, Dec. 12, 2013 – In the summer of 2014, La Roche College will launch a Master’s Degree in Special Education.

The Master’s in Special Education program will prepare candidates to foster academic, social and emotional growth of students with special needs in order to maximize their abilities. The program will offer three curriculum tracks: an M.Ed. in Special Education with Special Education Certification; an M.Ed. in Special Education with an Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) Endorsement; or an ASD Endorsement. Candidates will develop the expertise to successfully teach students with special needs and work effectively with their families and community agencies.

“The Master’s in Special Education program will meet the needs of local teachers who are required to take additional college credits to maintain their certification,” Education Department Chair Kathryn Silvis said. “The option for an endorsement in Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) is especially exciting because this area is a growing need for school districts, and current teachers can complete the requirements for the ASD endorsement in just one year.”

Visit to learn more. Interested candidates also may contact Assistant Professor Dr. Natalie Rugg at or the Office of Graduate Studies & Adult Education at 412-536-1260 or

About La Roche College: A private, Catholic, co-educational college north of Pittsburgh founded by the Sisters of Divine Providence in 1963, La Roche welcomes students of all religions, ethnic origins and talents. Undergraduates may choose from more than 50 majors, including the top 10 majors most in demand among today’s college students. La Roche combines a quality educational experience with clubs, athletics, social and community volunteer activities, spiritual well-being and more to prepare students for life in a constantly changing global society.


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