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Careers for those with a Master's in Special Education

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.

Pennsylvania is considered a national leader in special education, and Saint Joseph’s is excited to be part of a growing community of caring and dedicated special education experts. The students within  the graduate special education program learn from faculty members who possess an impressive and diverse library of experience and training in this rewarding field.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports Special Education job growth will reach 6% overall by 2018*. 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 in middle schools will grow by 12%, according to the Bureau, while high school job growth is expected to grow by 6%.

Career-Oriented Concentrations

The online Master of Science in Special Education from Saint Joseph’s University offers students the opportunity to delve into the theories, research, laws, and instructional techniques that impact every special education classroom. In addition, students who wish to pursue a specialty may choose between two powerful concentrations that are designed to meet the most pressing demands in today’s schools.

1. The Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Concentration 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, there is a need for more specially-trained teachers qualified to serve these students’ unique needs. The ASD Concentration courses cover theoretical frameworks, as well as practical topics including screening and assessment methods, intervention techniques, behavior management, and communication strategies.

2. Another concentration, the Wilson Reading System®, is built to address the growing emphasis on reading remediation for Special Education students. The Wilson Reading System® is endorsed by the Council of Administrators of Special Education (CASE) and is used extensively in public and private school districts throughout the United States. The multi-sensory and diagnostic reading education training delivered in this concentration will open doors of opportunity in districts that seek qualified special education reading instructors. 

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

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

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Special Education Careers

Below are some of the careers you could pursue with your MS in Special Education from Saint Joseph’s:

  • Special Education Teacher
  • Adaptive Special Education Instructor
  • Early Intervention Specialist
  • Educational Diagnostician
  • Special Education Administrator

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, with reciprocity in most 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.

Special Educaiton facts

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, 2014-15 Edition

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