Early Childhood Education and Special Education

School of Adult & Continuing Education

The Early Childhood Education (PreK-4) and Special Education (PreK-8) program aims to prepare professionals in the education of all children, including exceptional children and youth who will be scholarly in their academic pursuits. The program is designed to develop ethical scholar-practitioners who will be committed to social justice, capable of working with diverse populations in a variety of social and cultural contexts and prepared to serve in a variety of professional roles. The assessment techniques and strategies used in the education of exceptional children, research-based methodologies and instruction, and program evaluation are major components of the program.

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Program Detail

DELIVERY: Face-to-Face


SCHEDULE: Weeknight Evening

LENGTH: 4 Semesters OR 5 Semesters (Certification)

PROGRAM CREDITS: 48 Credits OR 54/60 Credits (Certification)

TRACK: Certification and Non-Certification

ENROLLMENT CYCLES: Fall (August) and Spring (January)

APPLICATION DEADLINE: July 15 (Fall) and November 15 (Spring)

TIFFANY B. PATTERSON photoTiffany B. Patterson, Class of 2019

My experience at Lincoln University was both great and memorable. Attending Lincoln’s Master of Education program has invigorated me to keep creating, keep pursuing what I love, and fully embrace my potential as an educator.

Degree: Master of Education in Early Childhood and Special Education


  • EDU 601 Theoretical Foundations of Reading Instruction
  • EDU 604 Educational Assessment & Evaluation
  • EDU 606 Foundations of Education
  • EDU 607 Literature and Literacy
  • EDU 612 Child Development
  • EDU 614 Foundations of Special Education
  • EDU 616 Cultural & Linguistic Diversity: Instructional Strategies
  • EDU 622 Inclusion of Special Needs Children in Regular Classrooms
  • EDU 623 Methods: Science & Social Studies for PreK-4
  • EDU 625 Methods: Elementary School Mathematics for PreK-4
  • EDU 626 Collaboration: School/Families/Communities
  • EDU 661 Research Methods in Education
  • EDU 664 Assistive Technology in Special Education
  • EDU 665 Special Education Law
  • EDU 666 Instructional Strategy for Teaching Students with High Incidence Disabilities
  • EDU 667 Instructional Strategy for Teaching Students with Low Incidence Disabilities

Student Teaching

Those interested in obtaining the Pennsylvania Department of Education certification must complete the following Student Teaching Curriculum:

  • EDU 501 (12 credits) - if not currently a classroom teacher; or
  • EDU 503 (6 credits) - if currently a classroom teacher.

Certification Requirements

To apply for certification, students must pass all three (3) Early Childhood Education (ECE), and two (2) Special Education (SEPD) modules of the Pennsylvania Educator Certification Tests (PECT) at the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) cut score or qualifying score (based on GPA).

Clearance Requirements

Students are required to maintain and provide state clearances as defined by the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) before matriculation.

  • Federal Criminal History Record (FBI)
  • Form PDE 6004: Arrest/Conviction Report and Certification Form 
  • Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance
  • Pennsylvania State Police Criminal History Record
  • Tuberculosis (TB) Test Documentation

Admission Requirements

  • Submit a free online application.
  • Transcripts: Submit official transcripts for all accredited institutions you have attended and/or from which you earned credit. 
  • Personal Statement: In 300-500 words, address future goals based on the selected graduate program.
  • Letters of Recommendation: Submit two (2) professional letters of recommendation speaking to your character and motivation to work in the education field.
  • Résumé: A current professional résumé is required.

You are strongly encouraged to upload your supplemental documents to your student portal. You may also email documents to sace@lincoln.edu or mail to:

Lincoln University
School of Adult and Continuing Education
Attention: Office of Admissions
3020 Market Street, Fourth Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Transfer Credits

The MED program will accept up to six graduate school credits in the field of Education from an accredited institution, providing each course is completed with a GPA of 3.0 or above.

Tuition and Fees

Lincoln University’s tuition and fees are set annually by the university and remain affordable and competitive.

2020–2021 Academic Year

  • Pennsylvania Resident: $567 per credit hour
  • Out-of-State Resident: $949 per credit hour

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School of Adult and Continuing Education
Office of Admissions
3020 Market Street, Fourth Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Phone: 215-590-8200
Fax: 215-387-3859