WCU M.Ed. Special Education Online

Special Education


Special Education Office
304 Recitation Hall
West Chester, PA 19383
Call: 610-436-2579
FAX: 610-436-3102

Special Education M.Ed. Online Program

West Chester University

Online and Blended Special Education M.Ed. with an emphasis in
Universal Design for Learning and Assistive Technologies

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Special Education M.Ed. Online Program (33 credits)

West Chester University’s Special Education Department offers a fully online program leading to the Master of Education in Special Education. The program is open to anyone with a Bachelors degree from an accredited 4 year degree granting institution with a final GPA of 3.0 or higher.  In keeping with the purpose of teacher education at West Chester University, the prime mission of the master of education program in special education is to prepare teachers advanced-level teachers who can synthesize and apply self-awareness and general knowledge of (a) foundations of the study of disability, (b) the learner with disabilities, (c) appropriate content for the learner with disabilities, and (d) effective classroom pedagogy.  We believe this synthesis encourages reflection on the art of teaching and results in a professional who is able to make sound, ethical educational decisions regarding curriculum and instructional strategies for students with disabilities.  In addition, high standards of scholarship and the application of research, as well as professionalism, collaboration, and knowledge of current trends in the field, are essential for all teachers of special education.

Highlights of West Chester University’s Online M.Ed. in Special Education

  • West Chester University’s long standing quality and expertise in the field of special education
  • Interdisciplinary program includes Special Education, Secondary and Professional Education, and Communicative Disorders
  • National Accreditation
  • Courses may be applied to PA teaching certification
  • Cohort model designed to increase student-to-student collaboration and provide social support for online learners
  • Action research enables students to apply what they have learned 2to a current research problem in the field


  • Professional Education Courses (6 Credits)
    • EDT 500  Orientation to Instructional Media
    • EDF 501  Methods and Materials of Research in Education
  • Special Education Core (15 Credits)
    • EDA 503  Family Systems in Special Education
    • EDA 506 Legal Issues in Special Education
    • EDA 544  Behavior Management
    • EDA 580  Contemporary Issues and Trends
    • EDA 591  Final Project
  • Area of Concentration in Universal Design and Assistive Technology (12 Credits)
    • EDA/EDT 517 Technology and Universal Design for Learning
    • EDA/EDT 519 Introduction to Assistive Technology
    • EDA/SPP 521 Assistive Technologies for Communication and Participation
    •  EDA 522 Integrating Assistive Technology

Admission Requirements

  • Apply online at http://www.wcupa.edu/grad. If you need assistance call the Graduate Office, (610) 436-2943
  • Arrange to have one (1) complete undergraduate transcript and proof of a baccalaureate degree sent to the Graduate Office. The transcript should include the cumulative grade point average of all undergraduate work.
  • If GPA is below the required university GPA of 3.0, student must submit satisfactory GRE or MAT scores at the 50th percentile.
  • Admission interview (only if deemed necessary).

For further information contact Dr. Vicki McGinley at vmcginley@wcupa.edu or 610-436-1060.