Recent changes by the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) have made inclusive education an important component of contemporary education school curricula. Special education studies leading to a second certification in Special Education increases the marketability of practicing teachers who already have received a primary certification in Pennsylvania.
The Master of Education in Special Education program is designed around four major themes: Consultation and collaboration; Inclusion and diversity; Authenticity; and Reflection
Each course embeds these themes within the content of the course in the following ways:
Focusing on the necessity of consultation, collaboration, and team teaching to provide effective services that build communities of support for students.
Stressing inclusion as the default option for all students while striving to build communities of diverse individuals.
Designing authentic, meaningful instruction that addresses real needs of students and families.
Engaging in self-reflection and reflection on current practices that fosters growth and visionary programming.