The Saint Vincent College Master of Science Degree in Special Education provides specialized training in educating students with disabilities. With increased demands for special education teachers in our schools, this program is designed for candidates who are already special education certified or working in special education or a related area who are hoping to deepen their understanding of special education. Candidates will explore assessment and instruction strategies and techniques for high-incidence, low-incidence and emotional support students with disabilities; develop skills for writing and implementing individualized education programs, evaluation reports and behavioral analyses; and investigate the laws and legislation relevant to special education. Candidates participate in dual-placement, high- and low-incidence practices to establish a firm understanding of the instructional concepts taught during the program. Candidates are given opportunities to collaborate as a community team member and as a pre-service teacher to encourage high- and low-incidence students and their parents to work together to produce and implement individualized education program goals, activities and objectives. Candidates will utilize research-based effective instructional strategies and diagnostic tools to demonstrate an understanding of child development while meeting the needs of various exceptionalities.
Candidates already possessing a bachelor's degree that are interested in obtaining a certification in special education should refer to the post baccalaureate teacher certification information.
What Can I Do With a Masters in Special Education?
The Master of Science Degree in Special Education provides specialized training in educating students with disabilities. With increasing training in educating demands in our schools, this program has been developed to prepare educators to become additionally certified in special education. The program is designed for certified teachers who desire additional knowledge in the areas of special education.