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Special Education- Cognitive, Behavior, Physical/Health Disabilities

  • Application Requirements

For admission to any graduate program in Special Education, applicants must have an instructional certification and meet the minimum GPA requirement (3.0) for their previous coursework as established by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, although some exceptions may apply. To be considered for admission to any graduate program in Special Education, applicants must submit the following to the School of Education Graduate Office:

  • A complete application for graduate admission to the School of Education.
  • A statement of purpose demonstrating the applicant's Professionalism and Ethics, commitment to Academic Excellence, and commitment to Collaboration and Diversity. For the statement of purpose, the applicant should answer a set of questions framed around these themes.
  • Official transcripts from the accredited college, university or seminary where the applicant obtained a bachelor's degree.
  • Along with those documents, applicants to the Additional Certification options in the Special Education- (CBP/HD) program must meet the additional criteria listed below:
    • An overall 3.0 minimum GPA OR
    • A minimum 3.0 GPA on the most recent 48 credits
    • Have an instructional certificate in one of the following: Early Childhood, Elementary, Middle, Secondary (i.e., English, Math, Social Studies, Science), K-12 Certificate (i.e. Music Education, all Foreign Languages, Art, BCIT, Health & Phys Ed) or Reading Specialist
  • Interview by special education faculty

Upon acceptance by the School of Education Graduate Office, applicants are admitted for graduate study in Special Education with provisional status, and an individual program of study will be designed for the student by his or her assigned advisor.

After completing the required screening courses in the first 6-9 credits of the program, students are required to apply for candidacy, which is granted to applicants who have successfully met the benchmarks and gateways.

If an applicant does not possess the necessary prerequisites, or if the applicant's record is unsatisfactory, conditional status or dismissal from the program may be recommended.