Master of Education in Special Education

The Special Education MEd program in the College of Education offers students the option of concentrating on autism spectrum disorders, mild disabilities and severe disabilities—educational areas of great need, particularly in urban centers like Philadelphia.

This graduate program focuses on evidence-based, instructional practices and their implementation in the classroom; recognizing and improving the impact of sociocultural factors on the education of children with disabilities; preventative approaches that de-emphasize labels and traditional diagnostic categories to support improved teaching and learning; and inclusive practices in schools and society.

Temple’s Special Education MEd program is designed for those who have already earned teacher certification and want to pursue additional certification in Special Education (PreK–8 or 7–12) and earn a Master’s in Special Education with Special Education Teacher Certification (PreK–8 or 7–12).


The MEd in Special Education and Special Education certification can be completed at Temple University’s Main Campus in Philadelphia. Some courses are offered online or via videoconference. Classes are scheduled during late afternoon hours to accommodate working professionals.


You can focus on Special Education or you can take one of the following concentrations.

    • Mild Disabilities
    • Autism Spectrum Disorders
    • Applied Behavioral Analysis
    • Severe Disabilities

Related Graduate Degrees

The following teacher education degrees and certificate opportunities are also offered by the College of Education at Temple University.

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