Special Education Certification: Robert Morris University Special Education Certification | Robert Morris University

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RMU's Special Education (MEd) program is for currently certified teachers who are looking to gain the skills, knowledge, and competencies necessary to meet the needs of students with disabilities in multiple settings.

Students learn to utilize research-based, effective instructional strategies and diagnostic tools to enable candidates to develop a thorough understanding of child development and appropriate diagnostic and instructionally adaptive strategies for all learners.

In addition, graduates of the program are able to demonstrate knowledge and competence in the areas of academic, social, and emotional growth and implement that knowledge to maximize a student's capabilities.

  • 2 Letters of Recommendation
  • Resume
  • PA State Certification/License

M.Ed Special Education Option 1
(For those with content certification seeking Special Education Certification)

Required Courses:
SPED 6020 Reading & Special Education: Instructional Methods & Practices
SPED 6040 High-Incidence Disabilities:  Instructional Methods & Practices
SPED 6050 Low-Incidences Disabilities: Instructional Methods & Practices
SPED 6060 Advanced Studies in Behavior
SPED 6070 Communication & Special Education: Instructional Methods & Practices
SPED 6090 Assessment & Evaluation of Individual Instruction
SPED 6080 Special Learning Needs
SPED 6085 Principles of Inclusion
SPED 6030 Special Education Settings
SPED 6095 Practicum in Special Education (6 weeks, 90-hour field-based directed study experience)

M.Ed Special Education Option 2
(For those currently holding Special Education Certification; may result in Autism Spectrum Disorder Endorsement)

Required Courses:
SPED 6020 Reading & Special Education: Instructional Methods & Practices
SPED 6040 High-Incidence Disabilities:  Instructional Methods & Practices
SPED 6050 Low-Incidences Disabilities:  Instructional Methods & Practices
SPED 6060 Advanced Studies in Behavior
SPED 6070 Communication & Special Education: Instructional Methods & Practices
SPED 6090 Assessment & Evaluation of Individual Instruction
SPED 6055 Introduction to Autism
SPED 6075 Advanced Studies in Autism Spectrum Disorders
EDUC 6130 Research Seminar
EDUC 6140 Research Practicum

M.Ed Special Education Option 3
(For administrators not seeking certification and seeking behavior licensure)

Our program meets the requirement of a master degree in a related field as required on Form 2 of the Behavior Specialist Licensure Application

Required Courses:
SPED 6020 Reading & Special Education: Instructional Methods & Practices
SPED 6040 High-Incidence Disabilities:  Instructional Methods & Practices
SPED 6050 Low-Incidences Disabilities:  Instructional Methods & Practices
SPED 6060 Advanced Studies in Behavior
SPED 6070 Communication & Special Education: Instructional Methods & Practices
SPED 6090 Assessment & Evaluation of Individual Instruction
SPED 6080 Special Learning Needs
SPED 6085 Principles of Inclusion
SPED 6030 Special Education Settings
SPED 6055 Introduction to Autism

Most of our graduate programs can be completed in 27 months or less, through in-class, online or hybrid study. Take classes one night a week through your course of study. Admission is rolling and classes start fresh every eight weeks. You can also choose to pursue your degree full- or part-time.


 

Through learning opportunities that are continually improved and updated, we provide enhanced opportunities to clear the way for our students’ success. In addition, our academic departments and programs have close ties with professional communities, providing valuable connections for our students.

Our programs support the intellectual, social, and personal development of students. They also prepare individuals through the integration of technology, effective communication skills, and the application of theory into practice. Overall, students will experience a dynamic combination of in-class and exciting engagement opportunities that fully prepare them for the many challenges that classroom teachers and applied psychology/social science working professionals manage on a daily basis.

The School of Education and Social Sciences faculty is comprised of caring individuals who accept the responsibility for educating the "whole" student at RMU. Consequently, our faculty members are specialists in their areas of expertise who effectively implement sound instructional practices when teaching and just as importantly, they engage students in a variety of purposeful enrichment activities outside the classroom setting. As all faculty possess related work experience as practitioners in the field, such as principals, superintendents, teachers, researchers, authors, psychologists, counselors, etc., students learn from them first-hand what it takes to succeed. 

One strength of the Education programs at RMU is the many faculty who are experts in Special Education: