Master of Science in Special Education

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Master of Science in Special Education


The mission of the Master of Special Education, Literacy Concentration Program at Bryn Athyn College is to prepare certified educators with the knowledge and skills necessary to meet the needs of diverse learners in an inclusive environment, support students with language-based learning differences and offer a perspective on the spiritual nature of language. In so doing we support the mission of the college to contribute to human spiritual welfare.

Expertise that Makes the Difference

We realize the challenges teachers encounter every day in their classrooms, especially in supporting literacy development and student achievement. Our Master of Special Education, Literacy concentration offers our graduate students skills and strategies to meet the needs of students with learning differences with an emphasis on struggling readers and students with language-based learning differences.

Our Commitment to You

Whether you are looking to add the PA Pre-K-8 special education certification to your existing PA general education certification or desire to garner in-depth knowledge and skills on how to meet the needs of students with learning differences, our curriculum is designed with you in mind. The core program consists of 11 classes designed to support your development of knowledge, skills, and strategies to meet the needs of students with learning differences. Providing one-on-one advising ensures a graduate program that is tailored to your professional experience and needs. Additionally, extensive teacher supports provided during and after completion of our program offers you continued support and collegiality within a professional learning community.

Educate with a Purpose

At Bryn Athyn College, education is studied in a spiritual context. Throughout our program you will experience opportunities to enhance your skills of reflective practice, fostering a strengthened connection between your teaching practice and desired impact on your students.

BAC Teacher Residency Program, Depth of Experience

Becoming an expert practitioner takes time and expert mentorship. Bryn Athyn College Teacher Residency program is an optional full-time 6-9-month placement in a school setting, such as AIM Academy, designed to support struggling readers and students with language-based learning differences. Throughout the residency experience, you will have the opportunity to master critical skills through practice and mentorship under a skilled practitioner on site.

BAC Distinguished Special Educator Fellowship

We believe in recognition of excellence and welcome graduate students to apply for consideration of our Special Educator Fellowship. This distinguished honor includes the opportunity to present their Graduate Capstone poster at the Pennsylvania Association of Colleges and Teacher Educators conference, personal invitation to the Pennsylvania Council for Exceptional Children and the national Teacher Education Division of the Council for Exceptional Children conferences, and a special invitation to the AIM Research-to-Practice Symposium.

Application Requirements

  • Official sealed transcript(s) of undergraduate/graduate coursework
  • BA or BS degree from an accredited college or university
  • Personal Statement:
    • Highlighting their professional endeavors, motivations for pursuing their graduate degree in special education, and how they will utilize their degree to enhance their teaching practice upon program completion.
  • GPA – 3.0
  • Three Letters of Recommendation:
    • One must be from the candidate’s building administrator demonstrating support for graduate student or if not currently employed in a school district, a school administrator from their previous field placement.
    • One must be from a faculty member from the candidate’s undergraduate program.
  • Resume
  • Additional Documents:
    • Required Pennsylvania Clearances
    • To be Eligible for Special Education Certificate: Copies of PreK-4 and/or 4-8 Level I/II Teaching Certificate(s)

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For more information contact Dr. Kelly M. Ballard, Head of Master of Special Education program, at 267-502-2416 or [email protected]