Special Education

School of Adult & Continuing Education

The Special Education program (PreK-8) aims to prepare professionals in the education of all children, including exceptional children. 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. 

To obtain the Pennsylvania Department of Education Special Education (PreK-8) certification, you are required to complete a state-approved certification program, such as the one provided by Lincoln University.  You must be currently certified, in an approved area, to add this certificate. 

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)

white.pngDavid 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