Special Education

Master of Education (MED)

Serving Those Who Are Differently Abled

Why Earn a MEd in Special Education through Capital Seminary & Graduate School?

Helping Students Achieve More

If you have a passion for working with students across the learning spectrum, consider earning a Master’s degree in Special Education.

Our Master’s of Education: Special Education prepares certified teachers to engage with students with a variety of special needs – from students with Downs syndrome, ADHD, behavioral disorder, emotional disorders, learning disabilities and more – to achieve their greatest potential.  Learn how to create an effective IEP (individualized education plan), manage student behaviors, teach effectively, and collaborate with other professionals and families.  Taught by master teachers with years of experience in special education, you’ll graduate equipped and prepared to make a difference in the lives of students with special needs.

What Makes our Program Different?

The mission of the Education department at Lancaster Bible College | Capital Seminary & Graduate School guides our thinking and practice. We exist to prepare and disciple teachers to be relevant, relational, and reflective practitioners who think biblically and impact the educational community. When you earn your MEd from LBC | Capital, you will get:

  • Knowledgeable, compassionate faculty to teach and mentor you
  • Opportunity to develop your action research skills
  • Field placements to hone your skills
  • Enriched practice through the lens of a biblical worldview
Your Journey

Program Credits: 39

Locations: Lancaster,

Average Completion Time: 2-3 years
Residency: blended and one week summer intensives
Program Cost: See current cost.
Application Deadline: Fall Semester: August 1, Spring Semester: December 1, Summer Semester: April 1

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“Children are a gift from the Lord… ” – Psalm 127:3

In This Program Students Will…

  • Demonstrate ability as a Special Education teacher
  • Understand their identify as a teacher and leader
  • Lead within the classroom, school, and larger educational community
  • Reflect on practice and make evidence-based decisions
  • Collaborate effectively with colleagues, families, and the community
  • Think and live through the lens of a biblical worldview


MEd in Special Education (39*)

MEd Core Courses:15 Credits
Special Education Courses:24 Credits
Orientation Seminar:0 Credit

*Credit total may be higher if student needs to take courses in Biblical &Theological studies

Course Plan: Special Education

Year One

SPE 501 Assess & Special Ed Process
EDU 519 Foundations & Frameworks

SPE 504 Teaching Students with Low Incidences
Bible Courses

EDU 526 Diagnostic Reading Instruction

Year Two

EDU 560 Teacher’s Life & Work
SPE 502 Meeting Needs of Autism

SPE 505 Prof, Ethical, Collaboration
SPE 503 Teaching Students with Specific Learning and Intellectual Disabilities

EDU 550 Socio-Cultural Perspectives on Education

Year Three

EDU 570 Apprenticeship I
EDU 598 Seminar in Action Research

EDU 585 Apprenticeship II
EDU 599 Project in Action Research



Meet the Faculty

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Julia Hershey, D.Ed.

Associate Provost/Department Chair of the Education Department

“Parker Palmer says, “Good teaching cannot be reduced to technique; good teaching comes from the identity and integrity of the teacher.” This challenges me to continue to develop my inner life and relationship with the Lord, so that my teaching can flow from that place.” —Dr. Hershey

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Bob Dodson, Ed.D.

Professor, Certification Officer, Field Placement Coordinator

“I have found that teaching is more about building relationships than imparting knowledge. Both are important, but knowing my students makes me a better teacher.” — Dr. Dodson

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Diane Dick, Ph.D.


“Stories provide a wonderful basis of relating your life’s journey – both exhilarating and challenging, but it always ends at the foot of the Cross.” — Dr. Dick

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Stacey Martin, Ed.D.

Associate Professor, Early Childhood Education Program Coordinator, Associate Chair

“Preparing tomorrow’s teachers to be the leaders God has called them to be – I can’t think of anything else I’d rather do!” — Dr. Martin

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