Master of Education in Special Education

The Master of Education (MEd) in Special Education program in the College of Education and Human Development 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.

This graduate program 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.

Who might be interested?

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 through grade 8 or grades 7 through 12) and earn a master’s in special education.

Classes & Curriculum

The {node:title] degree program consists of 37 credits, or 10 courses, plus a capstone and a supervised teaching experience. See a full list of required and elective courses.

Delivery Method

Students can complete the Special Education MEd on Temple University's Main Campus in Philadelphia or, beginning Fall 2021, choose a fully online program option.

In-person classes are scheduled to accommodate working professionals. The online program consists of a combination of synchronous and asynchronous classes, as well as onsite fieldwork. Both delivery methods can be pursued full- or part-time, and students have up to 5 years to complete the program

education student working with a young learner in elementary school classroom

Student Clubs & Organizations

Find peer support and leadership opportunities while tackling the challenges of your program by joining organizations such as the ones below.


For more information about this program, the College of Education and Human Development, how to apply for admission, and your application status, contact Enrollment Management.

Enrollment Management
Ritter Annex 150
1301 Cecil B. Moore Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19122
Phone: 215-204-8011


Additional Program Information