Admission to Special Education Graduate Program

Admission to Special Education Graduate Program


1. General admission requirements of the School of Graduate Studies and the Special Education Program:

  • A one‐page letter of intent stating professional background, experience, and rationale for wanting to be admitted to the department
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • A resume
  • An interview with the chair or graduate advisor
  • A copy of a valid PA teaching certificate, if applicable
  • An official transcript(s)
  • An undergraduate cumulative QPA of 2.8. If average is below 2.8, the student may be admitted as provisional, which must be eliminated after completion of 6 semester hours in which a QPA of 3.0 or better is earned. No Cs may be earned during a probationary period.

2. All graduate students must satisfy the following requirements of the Special Education Program prior to enrolling in courses. These documents must be submitted to the Office of the Department of Exceptionality Programs.

  • (*) Documentation of valid Act 34 (Criminal Record), Act 114 (Federal Criminal History) and Act 151 (Child Abuse) clearances. Clearances are valid for one year from the date of issuance (see Graduate Resources).
  • (*) Possession and documentation of a professional liability insurance policy is required. Three available sources to university students include, but are not limited to: a) CEC; b) PSEA; c) own personal policy.
  • (*) Documentation of TB screening results.

3. Students must satisfy the following requirements prior to completing 24 credits of coursework:

  • Completion of the 10‐Day or 5-Day Field Experience, or documentation of valid field experiences (required for teacher certification (Special Education PK-4 and ECE, Special Education PK-8, or Special Education 7-12 programs of study only).
  • Submission of completed packet to graduate advisor which includes documentation of field experience ( if applicable) and copies of all up-to-date clearances, TB results and liability insurance. Advisor will review the packet, and make a recommendation to the chairperson regarding admission to the program.

* All graduate students must have documentation of current clearances, professional liability insurance policy, and TB screening on file in the Department of Exceptionality Programs prior to enrolling in any education course that requires a field experience. For courses that assign field experiences there is a deduction of points for noncompliance related to the documentation of up-to-date clearances, TB results and liability insurance policy. These documents must be on file in the Department of Exceptionality Programs Office.

Please contact Alma George, secretary, Department of Exceptionality Programs at 570-389-4074 for more information.