Special ed master’s ranked among best


Mercyhurst University’s master’s degree program in special education has been recognized as one of the top programs of its kind in the nation, according to the just released 2013-2014 rankings by MastersDegreeOnline.org.

MastersDegreeOnline.org is the leading online resource for graduate education. It offers a wide variety of information for not only online programs but also those taught in traditional bricks-and-mortar forums.

Besides special education, the rankings included a variety of other disciplines, among them master’s degree programs in public health, psychology, finance, counseling, economics, computer science and public administration.

The Mercyhurst master’s degree program in special education, established in 1982, provides new advances in a research-to-practice model that is partnered with intensive field experiences. Its format is designed to offer opportunities for certified teachers and noncertified individuals to refine their critical thinking and analysis skills and to develop applied research competencies that will enable them to transform the lives of students with mild to moderate disabilities.

“This is an outstanding honor,” said Phil Belfiore, Ph.D., vice president for academic affairs and chair of the special ed graduate program. “Faculty and students have created a very unique graduate program at Mercyhurst, one that allows us to both shape teacher education-special education, as well as react to the ever-changing dynamics in the field. We do this by constantly building collaborative ties with schools and clinics in the region, allowing us the opportunity to engage in applied research.”

Jonathan Ivy, Ph.D., and Thomas Kitchen are full-time faculty with the program.

The programs featured in the rankings were chosen from a wide variety of qualifications including tuition costs, types of classes offered, number of faculty as well as size of the program. According to MastersDegreeOnline.org, “These rankings allow the student to sift through only top-of-the-line programs and to feel confident that whatever decision they make, they will be receiving a quality education.”

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