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Curriculum, Special Education (MEd)

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Assistive Technology

Jennifer McIntyre '13 and Nicole Kumor '13 talk about the importance of assistive technology. Jennifer and Nicole are full-time educators and graduates of the master of education program in special education: assistive technology at Widener. Watch video.

Widener’s graduate degree in special education includes a well thought-out mix of coursework in education theory, research, and interdisciplinary electives.

Students can earn a master’s degree in as little as two years or a certification (for individuals already holding level 1 certifications in Pennsylvania) in one year or less.


To qualify for the master of education degree in special education (PreK–8) with certification or special education: assistive technology, candidates must meet the following degree requirements for a total of 30 credits within a total of 6 calendar years from the date of matriculation:

  • Research (3 semester hours)
  • Foundations (6 semester hours)
  • Professional Core (21 semester hours)

Individuals already holding certification in early childhood education, middle level education, or reading may complete just the required coursework to add on a special education certification (PreK–8).

Sample Courses

View a selection of courses students typically take as a special education graduate student.

ED 5500 Introduction to Special Education–Effective Practices

This course is designed to provide students with a critical overview of special education including its history, the classification and description of exceptionalities, and its legal regulation. Major issues related to identification, assessment, educational and therapeutic interventions, social/psychological aspects, and inclusion are examined.

TED 534 Assistive Technologies for Individuals with Communication Disorders

This course offers assistive technologies in augmentative and alternative communications for people with severe communications problems in speech or language. The focus is on technologies to support self-determination, learning, social skills, and general communication.

TED 504 Technology and Leadership

In this course, administrators and technology leaders explore how to plan for technology in their schools. The course emphasizes administrative uses of technology, long-term technology planning, assessing staff technology needs and skills, and technology staff development planning. Topics include equity, technology in administration and instruction, and planning for technology.

For more information about courses and requirements for the MEd degree or certification in special education, please refer to our course catalog.