Online Special Education


Special Education: Response to Intervention K-12 (M.S. Ed)

Online Master's Degree in Education

Saint Joseph 's University is proud to offer an online graduate program in Special Education based upon Response to Intervention (RTI) leading to a Master of Science in Education degree.

This program has been created for general educators who:

currently hold a Level 1 early childhood or elementary teaching certification and are seeking to become highly qualified with a Pennsylvania certification in Special Education (K-12) (reciprocity with 33+ states);
are already certified in Special Education and are seeking an advanced degree; or
are seeking a Master's degree based on state-of-the-art, research-based theory and instructional practice for meeting the diverse needs of their student population.
Our innovative curriculum is designed to develop and refine competencies in professional educators in order to meet the demands of teaching students with special needs in a variety of school environments, public and private, urban and suburban.

Learn more about the Special Education Graduate Program Curriculum

Wilson Reading System Specialization

Through the Masters in Special Education, you can also specialize in the Wilson Reading System. Once you complete the masters degree, you will also earn your Wilson Reading Certificate. The Masters in Special Education is the only online degree program that allows you to earn your masters degree and complete your Wilson Reading System requirements in one program.

The Wilson Reading System is implemented in public and private schools, literacy volunteer organizations, clinics, adult basic education classes, family literacy programs, correctional facilities, and home school situations across the country. WRS directly teaches the structure of words in the English language so that students master the coding system for reading and spelling.

This online graduate program provides you with scientifically researched knowledge that will prepare you as a general educator to teach in inclusive classroom environments or to step into any Special Education position and allows you to apply the skills you have developed immediately in your career.

Earn Bonus Educational Certification

Through this innovative program, in addition to a Master's degree in Special Education, you can earn an additional certification in Special Education that will allow you to tailor your education to fit your personal career goals and aspirations. This certification may also be earned without pursuing a Master's degree.

Special Education Certification

Our Online Special Education Graduate Program:

builds a thorough base in the foundations, principles, ethics, values, and methods of modern education
examines issues of inclusion and least restrictive environment, the effect of socioeconomic background, and the impact of gender and race on learning
allows you to earn a Special Education Certification in addition to a recognized and respected Master's degree
We are committed to maintaining the highest standards in education, and our goal is to prepare high quality educators who are capable of serving in Special Education roles in a variety of settings. For more information contact the Online Admissions Office.