Chatham University

Master of Education in Special Education (M.Ed.)

Application Requirements

Applicants to the MEd Special Education program must submit the following information to the Office of Admissions for review:

International Applicants

International Applicants to the Master of Education in Special Education program must submit additional documentation to the Office of Admissions.

A list of these documents can be found on the Graduate Admissions Requirement for International Students page.

Admission Deadlines

Pre-requisites

The Master of Education in Special Education requires that students already be certified in another area (Pre-K through 4, middle grades, or a secondary area such as English, science, history, etc.)

Admission Process

After verifying that the minimum academic requirements are met, the program utilizes a holistic approach in reviewing the candidate's entire application. This process is intended to seek talented and qualified individuals of all backgrounds. Taking multiple factors into consideration during our admissions process positively achieves the educational benefits of a student body that is both diverse and academically excellent. This approach includes an evaluation of each candidate’s academic achievement as well as their personal characteristics, attributes and experiences. As part of the holistic review, Chatham reserves the right to request a background check prior to offer of admission.

Applicants will be informed by the Office of Admissions about whether or not they have been accepted into the MEd Special Education program.

PDE Clearances

The Pennsylvania Department of Education requires all individuals who interact with children in Pennsylvania schools to obtain three types of clearances: Act 34(PA Criminal), Act 151(Child Abuse), and FBI Criminal History Report. Form PDE 6004 also must be completed for any person entering a school. These are required for all Chatham field placements including observations and student teaching.

More information regarding these clearances is available on the Pennsylvania Department of Education website and click on "Background Checks" in the left-hand menu.