Master of Science in Education, Special Education

The Master of Science in Education, Special Education online program at the University of Saint Francis allows you to choose one of three specialized tracks: mild intervention, intense intervention or non-licensure. The three-track online special education program is customizable to your current skill set and professional goals. The flexibility of online courses allows you to continue working while completing a graduate degree in just two years.

Today’s schools seek teachers who can research, analyze and apply best educational practices that maximize student learning. A Master of Science in Education from USF empowers you to excel as an instructional leader in schools and the profession at large. Transition to Teaching and licensing-only tracks in mild intervention and intense intervention are also available.

Admissions Requirements

  • Have an undergraduate GPA of 2.8 on a 4.0 scale. If your undergraduate GPA is below 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, you must submit one of the following:
    • GRE composite score of 280 (GRE score prior to 8/1/2011: 800); or
    • MAT composite score of 389.
  • Hold a standard teaching license and/or a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution. If you do not have a teaching license, teaching license coursework will be part of your program. You will also have to do one of the following:
    • Pass CORE Academic Skills Assessment (CASA):
      • Required CASA scores: Reading=220, Mathematics=220, and Writing=220;
    • Earn an SAT Critical Reading and Math score of 1,100;
    • Earn an ACT composite score of 24;
    • Earn a GRE Verbal and Quantitative score of 301 (GRE score prior to 8/1/2011: 1,100); or
    • Earn a prior master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution.

Steps to Apply

  • Complete an application form (plus $20 fee if submitting the paper application).
  • Submit official transcripts from all postsecondary institutions attended.
    • Must be sent directly from the registrar of institution(s) attended.
  • Submit a DD214 form (United States veterans only).
  • If your undergraduate GPA is below 3.0:
    • Submit a current resume to gradschool@sf.edu.
    • Submit a GRE composite score of 280+ or a MAT composite score of 389+.
  • Submit a copy of one of the following:
    • Your teaching license;
    • Your CASA scores;
    • Your SAT Critical Reading and Math score of at least 1,100;
    • Your ACT composite score of at least 24;
    • Your GRE Verbal and Quantitative score of 301; or
    • Your previous master’s degree transcript(s).
  • Submit a statement of career goals to gradschool@sf.edu.
  • Submit recommendations from two people who are capable of speaking about your academic ability and teaching potential. Must be submitted using our department form.