Program Overview

West Chester University began its story as a teacher’s college, and educating our nation’s educators remains at the heart of who the University is. The Master of Education in Special Education program prepares advanced-level teachers to synthesize and apply self-awareness and general knowledge of:

  • foundations of the study of disability
  • learners with disabilities
  • appropriate content for learners with disabilities
  • effective classroom pedagogy

This synthesis encourages reflection on the art of teaching and results in professionals who make sound, ethical educational decisions regarding curriculum and instructional strategies for students with disabilities. We believe that high standards of scholarship and the application of research, as well as professionalism, collaboration, and knowledge of current trends in the field, are essential for all teachers of special education.



Universal Design for Learning and Assistive Technologies

The certificate in Universal Design for Learning and Assistive Technologies provides professionals, parents, and other community members with instruction and training in assessment, pedagogy, and technology that support students that rely on UDL and AT for learning.

Certificate of Specialization in Autism Spectrum Disorders

The mission of this program is to provide professionals, parents, and other members of the community access to empirically validated educational approaches for teaching persons with autism spectrum disorders (ASD), strategies for implementing these approaches, and methods to assess the effectiveness of these approaches, i.e. the effect of education/treatment on the person's quality of life.

Special Education Teaching Certification

The Post-Baccalaureate certification in Special Education is open to any student with a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university with an expressed interest in working with children with disabilities.

Program Highlights

  • Fully online program

  • Built on WCU’s long-standing quality and expertise in the field of special education

  • Interdisciplinary program includes Special Education, Educational Foundations, and Communicative Disorders

  • Designed to increase student-to-student collaboration and provide social support for online learners

  • National Accreditation

  • Faculty experts


What can I do with this degree?

This program offers training for general and special educators, counselors, therapists, caregivers, and any other people whom assist students with special needs.

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  • Consistently ranked in the top online special education programs by, AC Online and