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M.S. in Special Education

Drexel’s M.S. in Special Education provides a program of study* that places great emphasis on collaboration and experience. Our curriculum is designed as a model for teaching practice and incorporates a blend of traditional coursework and leading-edge instruction, using current learning technologies, instructional design, and comprehensive research.

The program consists of 49.5 credits: 31.5 credits in Core Special Education Certification courses, 12 credits in concentration courses, and 6 credits in action research. It is organized in 10-week quarters, and provides the opportunity to complete all requirements within 21 months.

In addition to the coursework, students are required to develop a professional portfolio during their course of studies. The final review of this portfolio will be conducted during the student’s exit interview which is conducted in their last term. Students must earn a passing score on their portfolio and pass the exit interview in order to be recommended for program completion. 

For course descriptions, please see the Drexel University Course Catalog.

Most of the coursework requires field hours. Students must have the necessary clearances in order to begin the program.

Prerequisites for Special Education Certification - 9 credits

Code Name Credits
EDEX 542 Fundamentals of Special Education 3.0
EDEX 544 The Inclusive Classroom 3.0
One of the following, depending on whether pursuing the PreK-8 or 7-12 certification area:
EDEX 546 Literacy & Content Skill Development PreK-8 3.0
or EDEX 566 Literacy & Content Skill Development 7-12 3.0

Core Special Education Certification Courses - 31.5 Credits

Code Name Credits
EDEX 548 Emotional & Behavioral Support 4.5
EDEX 549 High Incident Disabilities 4.5
EDEX 550 Teaching Students with Low Incident Disabilities 4.5
EDEX 551 Pervasive Developmental Disorders 4.5
EDEX 552 Integrating Technology for Learning & Achievement 4.5
One of the following, depending on whether pursuing the PreK-8 or 7-12 certification area:
EDEX 547 Special Education Processes PreK-8 4.5
or EDEX 567 Special Education Processes 7-12 4.5
One of the following, depending on whether pursuing the PreK-8 or 7-12 certification area:
EDEX 553 Special Education: Methods & Practices PreK-8 4.5
or EDEX 563 Special Education: Methods & Practices 7-12 4.5

Concentration Course Options - 12 Credits

Select from:

Autism Spectrum Disorders

Code Name Credits
EDEX 556 Characteristics & Methods: Autism 3.0
EDEX 558 Characteristics & Meth High Functioning Autism 3.0
EDEX 560 Communication & Language Interventions: ASD 3.0
EDEX 562 Behavior & Sensory Support: ASD 3.0

Technologies for Special Education

Code Name Credits
EDEX 570 Integrating Assistive Technology for Individuals with High Incident Disabilities 3.0
EDEX 572 Integrating Assistive Technology for Individuals with Low Incident Disabilities 3.0
EDUC 535 Researching & Evaluating Instructional Technology 3.0
ELL 504 Learning Technologies and Disabilities

Collaborative Special Education Law and Process

Code Name Credits
EDEX 600 Family, School and Community Engagement in Special Education 3.0
EDEX 601 Special Education Advocacy 3.0
EDEX 602 Special Education Dispute Resolution and Skills Training 3.0
EDEX 710 School Law and Policy in Special Education 3.0

Customized Concentrations

Students who already possess a special education certification and want to enhance their skills in a specific area of special education may pursue two of the above concentrations (24 credits) and 18 credits of their choosing from the special education certification core in addition to completing research courses.

Capstone Activities - 6 credits

Code Name Credits
EDEX 610 Action Research Spec Ed Teachers I 4.5
EDEX 611 Action Research Spec Ed Teachers II 1.5

* The program provides an opportunity for a teaching certificate in the area of Special Education PreK-8 or 7-12. Candidates must have an active PA Instructional I or Instructional II teaching certificate in a required area. Out-of-state teachers are welcome to participate in the Special Education Program as non-PA certification students.

In order to qualify for PA Instructional I Special Education  PreK-8 or 7-12 certification, all certification courses must be completed (with the required minimum grade), the appropriate PECT modules must be passed and a completed application must be submitted through the PDE TIMS system.