What will I learn?

Candidates can now earn a stand-alone special education certification. This can be achieved through a post-bacc special education certification program or within a Master of Science in Instructional Leadership. The graduate special education program provides learning opportunities for classroom teachers to better manage resources for students with disabilities in grades PK-12.

Graduate candidates enrolled in the program receive one-on-one advising, attend small classes, collaborate with practitioners and administrators in local school districts, and develop close relationships with faculty who have diverse experiences in K-12 schools. Degree candidates are engaged in innovative programs, partnerships within the school communities, and student organizations and volunteer opportunities.

The initial teacher preparation and advanced educator programs in the School of Nursing, Education, and Human Studies have been accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).

Sample Courses:

These are some of the classes for students in this academic program:

  • Advanced Studies in Behavior
  • Instructional Methods & Practices
  • Special Learning Needs

Which department am I in?

School of Nursing, Education and Human Studies

Study options

Full Time (57 credit hours)

Tuition fees
USD $930 per credit hour
Application deadline

Expected May, November 2022

Start date

January 2022


School of Nursing, Education and Human Studies

6001 University Boulevard,



15108, United States

Entry requirements

For international students

Students must have an undergraduate education with English translation.

English Language Scores:

Testing for non-native English speakers: TOEFL - 79 iBT, 550 pBT all schools; IELTS - 7.0; Duolingo English Test (DET) – 100; PTE – 53.

Application Deadline: May 1st for Fall attendance and November 1st for Spring attendance.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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