Special Education


Have an impact on the lives of children and adults who need the very best.

The Master of Science in Special Education at Mercyhurst University will enhance your teaching talents and give you the skills and knowledge to transform the lives of students with mild to severe disabilities. 

This program provides new advances in a research-to-practice model coupled with an intensive field-based component. It’s designed to provide opportunities for certified teachers and non-certified individuals to refine their critical thinking and analysis skills, while also developing applied research competencies necessary to create innovations in education.

All levels of teachers, from novice to expert, are required to continue their education beyond a bachelor’s degree and attain a master’s degree within the first five years of teaching. Mercyhurst continues to be a leader in the education field by offering programs to meet both your needs as an educator and the Pennsylvania certification requirements. By completing the master’s degree program in special education, you are attaining the most diverse certification area possible because you’ll be prepared to teach every student successfully in a wide range of potential settings.

Several different certifications are available, including opportunities for a graduate certificate in applied behavior analysis, which is designed to meet the educational requirements for certification by the Behavior Analysis Certification Board. The applied behavior analysis program focuses on integrating research, basic principles and specialized coursework with fieldwork in the areas of developmental disabilities, as well as practical applications for general education.

At Mercyhurst University, the quality of the graduate education is high, but the tuition remains one of the lowest among colleges and universities in the Erie and northwest Pennsylvania areas. In addition, a limited number of graduate assistantships are available to eligible students, and many schools and employers offer tuition reimbursement.

Classes are conveniently held in the evenings, allowing participants to continue working while enrolled in the program. Courses are offered year-round, allowing customization for individual students upon consultation with the program director.


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