Considering an Online Special Education Certification?

Saint Joseph's University has proven itself as a leader in certifying students in special education to become successful special education teachers, special education educators, special educators, sign language interpreters, etc. According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are currently 146,240 individuals employed as special education teachers, secondary school in America, and their average annual salary is $56,420. Special education teachers, middle school make on average $54,750 per year and there are about 102,490 of them employed today .

Special Education Common Job Tasks
  • helping students to develop emotionally
  • teaching life skills and basic literacy
  • helping to develop an Individualized Education Program (IEP) for each student receiving special education
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Special Education Certification

The Special Education Department offers several certification options. Details regarding each Special Education certification can be obtained by contacting Dr. Cathleen Spinelli at 610-660-3164. The Master’s in Education degree program is designed for students who already have an undergraduate degree and a valid Pennsylvania Instructional I certification or are working towards a Pennsylvania Instructional I Early Childhood, Elementary, or Reading Specialist certification at Saint Joseph’s University. This graduate program provides the student with extensive preparation for working with special needs students in the classroom. The program has a dual focus, the preparation of special education teachers and the development of master teachers remaining in the regular education classroom. The required courses are determined during the initial advising conference. Students are required to complete at least 36 graduate credit hours.

Special Education Programs by State & City

Top 20 US Special Education Schools (campus and online)

University of California-Berkeley
Total Programs 145
Number of Subjects 105
Rank in USA 6th
New York University
Total Programs 204
Number of Subjects 146
Rank in USA 13th
University of Virginia-Main Campus
Total Programs 106
Number of Subjects 103
Rank in USA 16th
Vanderbilt University
Total Programs 144
Number of Subjects 81
Rank in USA 17th
The University of Texas at Austin
Total Programs 169
Number of Subjects 141
Rank in USA 18th
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Total Programs 215
Number of Subjects 164
Rank in USA 23rd
University of Washington-Seattle Campus
Total Programs 243
Number of Subjects 168
Rank in USA 26th
Boston College
Total Programs 112
Number of Subjects 94
Rank in USA 29th
University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
Total Programs 279
Number of Subjects 183
Rank in USA 31st
Boston University
Total Programs 6
Number of Subjects 124
Rank in USA 32nd
Ohio State University-Main Campus
Total Programs 202
Number of Subjects 150
Rank in USA 33rd
University of Georgia
Total Programs 197
Number of Subjects 156
Rank in USA 38th
University of California-Davis
Total Programs 160
Number of Subjects 114
Rank in USA 41st
Michigan State University
Total Programs 220
Number of Subjects 164
Rank in USA 45th
George Washington University
Total Programs 194
Number of Subjects 171
Rank in USA 52nd
Rutgers University-New Brunswick
Total Programs 152
Number of Subjects 117
Rank in USA 55th
Northeastern University
Total Programs 10
Number of Subjects 126
Rank in USA 56th
Indiana University-Bloomington
Total Programs 162
Number of Subjects 121
Rank in USA 59th
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Total Programs 120
Number of Subjects 107
Rank in USA 61st
University of Connecticut
Total Programs 191
Number of Subjects 146
Rank in USA 63rd