Online Master’s in Special Education

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A nationally-ranked special education program

With multiple concentration options, the Master's in Special Education allows you to choose a path that inspires you the most.

Are you a certified teacher who wants to expand your knowledge and skills for working with students with disabilities? Do you want to earn teacher certification in special education, or expand your employment potential by adding on special education certification? Let PennWest help you achieve your goals with one of the best online Master’s in Special Education programs anywhere.

PennWest’s M.Ed. in Special Education offers you many options. You may earn your master’s degree and your teacher certification in Special Education at the same time, or you can delve into specialty areas that interest you the most -- Applied Behavior Analysis, Autism, or the Competent Learner Model (CLM).

No matter what path you choose, rest assured you will be inspired and supported by PennWest’s legacy of excellence in teacher education. It is our priority to produce the best possible educators and educational leaders, engage with our community partners to impact the lives of people in our community, and improve our disciplines through scholarship and research-based activities.

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Accreditation Matters

All PennWest Special Education programs are accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), which promotes excellence in educator preparation through quality assurance and continuous improvement.


This program provides the course sequence required to sit for the Board-Certified Behavior Analyst Exam.

Nationally Ranked

U.S. News & World Report named our master’s degree in Special Education one of the best in the country.

Fast Facts

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Children across the United States have been diagnosed with autism, and demand for board-certified behavior analysts is high.




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Graduate Admissions

Start Terms:

Fall, Spring, Summer


Applied Behavior Analysis
Applied Behavior Analysis and Autism
Teacher Certification

Careers and Salaries

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects the overall employment of Special Education teachers will grow 8% from now till 2030. The largest growth is expected to be in the area of preschool Special Education.

Demand for behavior analysts is also increasing. The career outlook for behavior analysts is expected to grow 23% through 2030.

Graduate Outcomes

  1. Students will exhibit behaviors consistent with the range of evidence-based models of education.

Admissions Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • Cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or greater

Conditional Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • Cumulative undergraduate GPA below 3.0 will be reviewed for a decision

The Power of PennWest

PennWest’s three campuses, California, Clarion and Edinboro universities, have been delivering award-winning online programs for more than 20 years. You’ll graduate with a degree from Pennsylvania Western University, completely supported by the expertise and community of learners on our brick-and-mortar campuses.

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