Saint Joseph’s University

Online Degree and Certificates in Special Education


Special Education Master’s Degree’s and Certificates – 100% Online

Empower your special education students with specialized teaching ability. The only program of its kind offered completely online, the online Master of Science in Education – Special Education from Saint Joseph’s University prepares you to effectively identify and help overcome learning disabilities for K-12 students. The program offers three concentrations and provides eligibility for special education certification in Pennsylvania, a credential that is recognized in most other states.

One of only sixteen programs recognized by the International Dyslexia Association.

Online Master’s Degrees in Special Education

The online master’s degree in special education prepares classroom educators, and individuals working in a special education context outside of the classroom, with the specialized skills and content knowledge needed to support individuals with disabilities.

Becoming an expert practitioner through advanced training enhances your employability and opens the door for new opportunities.

Available tracks include:

  • Applied Behavior Analysis Concentration
    Prepares individuals to address the demands of challenging behaviors seen in Special Education settings. The courses are intended to prepare students for the BCBA certification exam.
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders Endorsement
    Focuses on proper diagnosis and ongoing lesson delivery across the entire autism spectrum, with emphasis on skill development and behavioral modification.
  • Special Education Certification
    Prepares you to help meet the needs of students with learning disabilities and other special needs.
  • Wilson Reading System® Certification
    Teaches multi-sensory reading education for students in a variety of settings. One of the only online programs trusted to teach the Wilson Reading System®.

Other Graduate Education Degrees Offered:

  • Master of Science in Education – Secondary Education
  • Master of Science in Education – Secondary Education with Online Accelerated Teaching Certification 

Other Standalone Certifications Offered:

  • Autism Spectrum Disorders Endorsement
  • Autism Studies Certificate (Post-baccalaureate)
  • Certificate of Proficiency in Autism Studies
  • Instructional Technology Specialist Certification
  • Pennsylvania PK-12 Teacher of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Certification
  • Special Education Certification
  • Wilson Reading System® Certification
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Why Choose Saint Joseph’s University?

  • Led by faculty committed to both teaching and scholarship
  • Flexible and accessible online delivery format
  • Outcome based program through evidence-based learning
  • Competitively priced and financial aid may be available to those who qualify