Major in Special Education at Holy Family University

Autism Endorsement Program, M.Ed. G

The M.Ed., Certified Teacher Additional Certifications program is designed for professional educators seeking an opportunity to study new areas of education and areas of special interest.

What Can I Do with this Degree?

  • Accelerated Program

Many of our program’s graduates gain or continue employment as full-time teachers in public, parochial, or private schools.  These graduates often take on additional administrative roles and responsibilities including:

  • Assistant principal or principal
  • Curriculum coordinator
  • District-level administrator
  • Instructional support personnel
  • Reading specialist or supervisor
  • Special education teacher or supervisor
  • TESOL teacher

Program Information

Degree Awarded
  • Endorsement
Program Location
  • Online

Program Overview

This certification program offers experienced teachers the opportunity to develop expertise in a particular area of education. In addition, many of the concentration areas offered through this program prepare students for additional certifications or endorsements.  

Students who already have master's degrees have the option of completing just the certification requirements in an area without completing the entire master's program. Classes are offered in both a blended and online format, as 8-week courses.

This Endorsement program is intended to improve a teacher’s skills in dealing with complex classroom settings to include autism spectrum disorders. Students in this program are exposed to current research and practice in assessment, instructional programming, social skills training, applied behavior analysis programs, inclusion, and academic program development. The courses required for this program are open to all individuals with bachelor’s degrees. However, only students who have current Pennsylvania Level I or Level II Instructional Certification BEFORE they complete the courses listed below are eligible for the state Endorsement. These courses may also be completed in conjunction with any non-initial certification Master of Education program.

This program helps Level I certified teachers complete the requirements for obtaining Level II teacher certification in Pennsylvania.  Additional certifications that graduates of the program may be eligible to apply for include:

  • Special Education
  • Reading Specialist
  • Education Administration (Pennsylvania Principal certification)
  • ESL Program Specialist
  • Autism Endorsement

Students may also choose to pursue a more general concentration, with courses pulled from more than one certification area. This does not lead to additional certification but it does provide students with a master’s degree and additional expertise in several areas.

Where Students and Alumni Intern and Work

School districts working with our students and employing our graduates include:

  • Archdiocese of Philadelphia
  • Bensalem
  • Bristol Borough
  • Bristol Township
  • Centennial
  • Central Bucks
  • Cinnaminson
  • Council Rock
  • Hatboro/Horsham
  • Independence Mission
  • MaST Community Charter
  • Mount Laurel
  • Neshaminy
  • New Hope-Solebury
  • Pennsauken
  • Pennsbury
  • School District of Philadelphia
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