Master of Science in Special Education (PreK-8)
Gwynedd Mercy University

Program Details

The online Master of Science in Special Education for PreK-8 program provides advanced skills for the master’s degree while also preparing to become certified Special Education teachers to offer specialized support to students who need it the most.  The curriculum provides theoretical knowledge and practical instructional skills for special education classrooms while educators explore and analyze the social, political, and economic issues that influence the course of public education.  Graduates are able to identify and use instructional methods and curricula that meet the needs of persons with exceptionalities, select and use appropriate instructional materials and supplies, create safe and effective learning environments, maintain confidentiality, utilize assessment instruments and procedures that do not discriminate, and develop effective communication and cooperation with parents and other agencies.  Three specific qualifications are available: 

  • Master of Science in Pre-K–8 Special Education 
  • Master of Science in Pre-K–8 Special Education with Autism Endorsement
  • Pre-K-8 Special Education Certification Only


  • A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university with a minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Proof of a Level I Certificate in one of the following areas: N-3, K-6, Pre K-4, K-12 and Reading Specialist
  • A current professional resume
  • A writing sample stating your professional and academic goals 
  • Two completed supervisory reference forms

School Accreditation Statement

Middle States Commission on Higher Education