Special Education

School of Adult & Continuing Education

Special Education (M.Ed.) – Certification (Pk-12)

Lincoln University’s post baccalaureate Special Education (Pk-12) Certification Programprovides candidates with the skills, knowledge, and competencies necessary to meet the needs of students with disabilities in multiple settings. A person holding a valid Pennsylvania certificate for Special Education PK-12 (age 3-21) is qualified to teach all special education students from PreK through grade 12. An educator holding a Special Education certificate is qualified to render diagnostic, prescriptive, and education services designed within an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) to serve students having one or more disabilities; assist in writing the IEP for the identified students; provide appropriate modification to curriculum; and provide instructional support as outlined in the IEP.


Special Education certified teachers are qualified to offer pre-career technical and assessment services; provide basic occupational career awareness activities (such as job shadowing for paid/unpaid work experiences in a community-based operation; coordinate job training agreements; and make provision for the appropriate placement of these students in a work or community transition setting related to their career objectives.

Program Detail

DELIVERY: Face-to-Face


SCHEDULE: Weeknight Evening

LENGTH: 3 Semesters


TRACK: Certification

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

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

DAVID E. WHITE photoDavid E. White, Class of 2019

My time at Lincoln University in the Master of Education program was filled with educational insight and experiences.  I learned from both my professors and classmates about school culture, early childhood, and special education standards, curriculum planning, and so much more.  Through collaboration and mutual understanding, we all were able to become better teachers with the help of Lincoln.         

Degree: Master of Education in Early Childhood and Special Education


  • EDU 614 Foundations of Special Education
  • EDU 622 Inclusion of Special Needs Children in Regular Classrooms
  • 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

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.
  • Current Instructional I Certificate

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

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