Master of Education Special Education Certification

Become a leader in the classroom as you earn your master’s degree and certification.

Next Start Date
May 15th
Est. Program Length
2 years
Credit Hours
Course Length
7 weeks
Credits Accepted
Cost per Credit

*Credit hours vary depending on program completion. M.Ed in Special Education (33 hours) and M.Ed with Special Education Certification (45 hours)

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Alvernia University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

Program Overview

Advance your teaching career while focusing on various aspects of special education with Alvernia University’s online Master of Education with special education certification. Through our program, you’ll acquire a strong foundation in advanced teaching skills and techniques while simultaneously earning specialized certification that will help you stand out in the field. And with the online format, you’ll have flexibility to study at your own pace from a location of your choosing while also gaining extensive in-the-classroom experience.

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Topics of Study

With our online program’s core Master of Education courses, you will learn how to be an effective leader in education, studying topics such as:

  • Ethics and philosophy of moral leadership
  • Mathematical and statistical methodology used in educational research
  • How special education services are developed and presented in modern schools
  • Utilizing content, methods and materials specially geared toward teaching children with varying needs in the inclusive classroom
  • Legal statutes and regulations regarding students with disabilities and how they affect classroom instruction
  • Best practices of assessment and instruction for those with developmental disabilities, such as autism
  • Various classroom practices for helping students develop and improve their literacy skills

The special education certification also requires completion of a practicum in which you will observe a teacher and their classroom, along with completion of student teaching in a special education classroom.

Our Online M.Ed. with Special Education Certification Is For Those:

  • Wanting to advance their education career
  • Hoping to bring positive change to students with special needs
  • Wishing to specialize in special education to pursue a variety of careers, including teacher, intervention specialist or special education director

For those interested in Alvernia’s on-campus program, click here to learn more.


The online master of education with special education certification consists of 45 credits, including 18 dedicated to the Master of Education core courses. The program’s special education teaching certification makes up 27 credits and includes student teaching and a practicum.

Admission Requirements

For admission into Alvernia Online’s online master’s in special education, you must have a baccalaureate degree with a GPA of 3.0 or higher. To apply:

  • Speak to an enrollment counselor
  • Complete an application
  • Provide proof of a baccalaureate degree and official transcripts from all colleges and institutions attended
  • Provide three letters of recommendation from professional and/or academic sources
  • Write a one-page personal statement about the value of graduate education for your personal and professional goals
  • Provide a resume outlining your professional and educational experiences
  • You must complete the following background checks and clearances prior to field placement: Child Abuse History Clearance, FBI Fingerprinting Background Check, Pennsylvania Criminal Background Check and Tuberculosis Screening

Additional requirements for M.Ed. with Special Education Certification only:

  • Provide verification of valid Pennsylvania Instructional I or II Teaching Certification

Tuition & Fees

Full Program Tuition$516 per credit hour$23,220
Full Program Student Fees$50 per credit hour$2,250
Tuition with Maximum Transfer Credits (Up to 6)$516 per credit hour$20,124
Fees with Maximum Transfer Credits (Up to 6)$50 per credit hour$1,950
Total with Transfer Credits$22,074

Time to completion varies by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. Fees are charged per semester unless otherwise noted. This program takes two years to complete, depending on transfer credits. For a personalized estimate of time to completion, call an enrollment counselor at (888) 536-1251 or request more information.

* Tuition and fees are subject to change.

Financial Aid

Alvernia offers loans, grants, scholarships, payment plans and GI Bill benefits to help make your education more affordable. Our enrollment counselors can help you determine your financial aid eligibility. For more information, visit our Financial Aid page.

Yellow Ribbon

Alvernia University is a proud participant in the Yellow Ribbon Program. The Yellow Ribbon Program, a provision of the GI Bill, provides those who served the U.S. military on active duty with free tuition and fees, as well as a book allowance. For more information, visit our Veterans page.

Career Outcomes

After earning your Master of Education with Special Education Certification online, you can pursue a variety of careers, including:

  • Special education teacher
  • Instructional coordinator
  • Education administrator
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