Master of Special Education (MSE)

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Develop the Skills to Provide Specialized Support to Students

As an educator, you want every student to succeed. But some students need a little extra attention and tailored support to grow into their best selves. By earning a Master of Special Education from Wilson College Online, you’ll gain research-backed pedagogical skills that allow you to provide more focused assistance and encouragement to students who need it.

Our online degree will help transform you into a more well-rounded, versatile educator who can effectively apply special education theories that give every student the ability to thrive. You’ll have the opportunity to immediately advance your teaching career and grow your salary—all while being the mentor special education students need.

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Advance Your Teaching Career With Specialized Skills

Providing effective and supportive education for students with unique needs requires a specific educational tool kit—one you’ll develop at Wilson College. Our online special education graduate program will help you:

  • Master pedagogical theories and put them into practice
  • Introduce cutting-edge education technologies into lesson plans
  • Create more inclusive, supportive classrooms
  • Earn certifications that increase your salary ceiling

What Will You Do With Your Special Education Degree?

Adding a graduate special education degree to your repertoire is a great way to simultaneously diversify your resume and gain unique education strategies.

With a Master of Special Education, you’ll be eligible for jobs like:

Instructional Coordinator
Median annual salary: $63,740

Educational Administrator
Median annual salary: $90,560

Special Education Teacher
Median annual salary: $61,820

Salaries from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2021

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Curriculum & Courses

The Master of Special Education degree (no certification) is designed for individuals who hold a bachelor’s degree. The Master of Special Education degree with certification is designed for individuals who hold a bachelor’s degree want to earn a PA Special Education Certification in grades PK-12. The program is based on the premise that successful teachers need an in-depth knowledge of pedagogy, a mastery of current theory, and an understanding of research-based practices and technology to become great educators. The main focus of Wilson College’s program is to hone teaching skills through research and classroom practices, thereby fostering teaching excellence and teacher leadership.

Master of Special Education (No Certification, 10 Courses Required)

SPE 510

Creating an Effective Classroom Culture

3 credit hours

SPE 521

Advanced Studies in Disabilities

3 credit hours

SPE 528

Early Intervention

3 credit hours

SPE 532

Parent Conferencing/Collaboration SpEd

3 credit hours

SPE 533

Pre-K - 8 Instructional Methods

3 credit hours

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SPE 534

Secondary Instructional Methods

SPE 542

Positive Behavioral Supports

3 credit hours

EDU 554

Formal/Informal Classroom Assessment

3 credit hours

SPE 546

Transition Planning and Services

3 credit hours

SPE 598

Educational Research/Design

3 credit hours

SPE 599

Master's Project

3 credit hours

Exit Assessments

  • Successful defense of master’s thesis (master’s project on action research)
  • Electronic portfolio
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“I’m very appreciative that I have the opportunity to improve my role as an educator through the ongoing education classes and the Wilson graduate program. The courses are extremely beneficial, and I know that I would not be the teacher I am today without them. The ease of taking the classes at my school district with members of our administration and a great range of fellow faculty helped make the process a smooth one.”
– Luke Nerone

Tuition and Aid

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Summer ’24: $525 per credit hour Fall ’24: $535 per credit hour

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6-14 credits per semester

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Financial assistance and payment plans available

Wilson College Online is committed to making your education as affordable as possible. We’re proud to offer online courses at under $550 per credit hour as a private college. Plus, our dedicated financial services team will help you along the way.

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Personal Learning Environment

Our 13:1 student-to-faculty ratio ensures every student gets the individualized attention they deserve.

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Flexible Coursework

Asynchronous coursework allows you to work at your own pace with no set class times—enabling you to earn a degree when and where it makes sense for you.

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Attentive Faculty

Our devoted faculty truly care about your success, both in the classroom and beyond. Their virtual door is always open for mentorship, career advice, and academic support.

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Regional Recognition

Wilson College provides the opportunity for transformative education, which is why U.S. News named the institution among the Top Performers on Social Mobility in the North.

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Ethical Education

Our liberal studies emphasis creates agents of justice who fuel meaningful positive change in society. You’ll learn to put your accounting degree toward social good.

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Sense of Belonging

Our online programs honor Wilson’s rich history of providing accessible and inclusive education. No matter your background, you belong at Wilson.

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Get Your Degree While You Work

We know you’re more than just a student and you have many responsibilities outside of school. That’s why we offer flexible, asynchronous online courses that allow you to study at your own pace, on your own schedule.

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What You Need for Admission

Please submit the following materials:

  • Application
  • Resume
  • Official transcripts from your degree-granting college or university—must be sent directly to Graduate Admissions
  • Copy of teaching certificate

Graduate Education Entrance Requirements

Certified pre-K-12 teachers will meet the entrance requirements as delineated below. Admission is competitive, and space is limited. Interested students should apply early. Degree program admission is based on the following criteria:

  • Completion of a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education
  • A minimum undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
    • Provisional admission can be offered to certain students based on an internal application review by program directors.
  • Submission of required application credentials (See application procedures above.)
  • A current certification for eligibility to teach in pre-K through 12th grade—preferred but not required

About Wilson College

Initially founded as an all-women's college in 1869, Wilson College's mission is to empower students to be confident critical thinkers, creative visionaries, effective communicators, honorable leaders, and agents of justice in their communities. Across all programs and fields of study, the College is fiercely committed to and passionate about providing student-centric education and individualized attention, ensuring all students succeed.

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