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Master's in Special Education Career Outlook

Special Education is one of the fastest growing education career fields nationwide, according to government statistics, and the online Master of Science in Special Education from Saint Joseph’s University will prepare you for maximum success in this high-demand career marketplace.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports Special Education job growth will reach 17% overall by 2018*. By comparison, the growth rate for traditional teaching jobs is estimated to reach 13%. When broken down by grade level, career prospects in Special Education are even stronger for preschool, kindergarten and elementary school teachers. The number of available Special Education jobs at those levels is estimated by the Labor Statistics Bureau to grow by 20% in the next several years. Special Education jobs in middle schools will grow by 18%, according to the Bureau, while high school job growth is expected to reach 13%.

Career-Oriented Specializations

In addition, the online Master of Science in Special Education from Saint Joseph’s University includes two powerful specializations that are designed to meet the most pressing demands in today’s schools. The Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Specialization is in response to an overwhelming increase in the rates of diagnosis across the entire autism spectrum. As schools continue to identify growing numbers of students with autism, more and more specially trained teachers qualified to serve their unique needs. Meanwhile, the Wilson Reading System® Specialization is built to address the growing emphasis on reading remediation for Special Education students. The Wilson Reading System® is used extensively in public and private school districts throughout the United States, and the multi-sensory reading education training delivered in this specialization will open doors of opportunity even in districts that use alternative systems.

Click here for an interactive infographic on teaching students with special needs in your state.

The U.S. Labor Statistics Bureau reports many school districts are having trouble finding an adequate number of licensed Special Education teachers. Because the online Master of Science in Special Education from Saint Joseph’s University rewards graduates with both an advanced master’s degree and a Special Education Certification for teachers in Pennsylvania and most other states, this degree program can prepare you to immediately fill this pressing need and take your own career to a higher and more rewarding level.

To learn more about the online Master of Science in Special Education from Saint Joseph’s University and what it can do for your career, call (866) 758-7670 to speak with an Admissions Representative right away or request more information.

*Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-2011 Edition

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