Special Education (M.S./M.Ed.)

Special Education (M.S./M.Ed.)

Master's in Special Education

Program Coordinator
Robin Drogan | rdrogan@bloomu.edu
College of Education
125 Navy Hall

There continues to be a significant need for dually certified special educators and for special education and special education related field supervisors nationally across many settings to include public schools, intermediate units, private schools, state centers and hospitals.

Graduate students enrolled in these programs experience a combination of content knowledge as well as practical application through in-class practice coupled with numerous field experiences.

Depending on the graduate program of study, graduate students also apply content knowledge, skills and dispositions while:

  • student teaching in the public schools
  • or through internships with supervisors of special education in school districts
  • or other educational settings, or through internships and practicums in public schools or in related services’ environments.

Certification with or without Master's Degree

BU's Department of Exceptionality Programs offers four different special education certification programs at the graduate level with the option of taking additional coursework for a master’s degree:

  • For graduate students seeking initial teacher certification, the graduate program of study is the Special Education (PK-12) and Early Childhood Education (PK-4) Dual Certification (with the option of a Master of Education).
  • For graduate students who already have a teaching license in a discipline other than special education and are seeking an advanced teacher certification in special education, the two programs are Special Education (PK-12) Certification and Special Education (7-12) Certification (both programs with the option of a Master of Education).
  • The Special Education Supervisory Certificate Program is for graduate students who already have special education teacher certification (with the option of a Master of Science in Special Education; see below).

Master's Degree Program

BU's Department of Exceptionality Programs also offers a master’s degree program in special education that does not lead to teacher certification:

  • The Master of Science in Special Education is for graduate students who want to pursue the master’s degree in special education without acquiring initial or further teacher education certification. This program is for graduate students who already have their special education certification, or do not want teacher certification.
  • This program is also offered to graduate students seeking a master’s degree in special education while pursuing their Special Education Supervisory Certificate.

Out-of-state Licensure and Certification

Bloomsburg University is approved to offer Education programs that lead to certification in Pennsylvania. While we regularly monitor licensure/certification laws in each state, state requirements are subject to change without notice. If you are interested in certification outside of Pennsylvania, we encourage you to contact the appropriate state licensing agency to seek guidance and verify requirements before beginning a program and during your program of study. Please visit http://intranet.bloomu.edu/state-authorization and https://www2.ed.gov/about/contacts/state/index.html for more information. If you are planning to teach in New Jersey, please note that you may be required to complete the edTPA, a performance based assessment. It is strongly recommended that you contact the school district(s) of interest and the New Jersey Department of Education for more information specific to New Jersey.