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 disabled students and children across the learning spectrum in the classroom, consider earning your master’s degree in special education.

Our master’s of education in special ed prepares certified teachers to engage with students with a variety of struggles and special needs – from students with Downs Syndrome, ADHD, behavioral disorders, emotional disorders, learning disabilities and more – to achieve so much more in the classroom. Learn how to an creative effective IEP (individualized education plan) and other important skills that any special ed teacher needs. Taught by master teachers with years of experience in special education and learning support classrooms, you’ll graduate equipped and prepared to make a difference in the lives of needy students.

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. This program is delivered in a blended, accelerated, cohort-based model that allows life-engaged adult learners to complete an advanced degree without uprooting life at home and work. Students participate in a learning community that blends online education with on campus residency experiences. 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: Combo of face-to-face evenings, weekends, and online
Cost Per Credit: $535
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…

  • Lead within the classroom, school, and larger educational community.
  • Think and live through the lens of a biblical worldview.


MEd in Special Education (48)

Biblical & Theological Studies:12 Credits*
MEd Core Courses:15 Credits
Special Education Courses:24 Credits
Orientation Seminar:0 Credit

*Students may need to take 4 credits of Bible & Theology.

Credits are 48 (+12 more credits to qualify for licensure in PA)

Course Plan: English as a Second Language

Year One

ESL 500 Culture and Communication
EDU 519 Foundations & Frameworks for Learning

ESL 515 Language and Literacy Development for the English Learner
Bible Courses

ESL 517 Language Foundations for Teachers
EDU 526 Diagnostic Reading Assessment

Year Two

EDU 560 Teacher’s Life and Work
ESL 520 Instruction & Assessment for the English Learner

EDU 529 Collaborative Team Approach
ESL 610 ESL Internship & Seminar

EDU 550 Socio-Cultural Perspectives on Education

Year Three

EDU 598 Seminar in Action Research

EDU 599 Project in Action Research



Meet the Faculty

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Julia Hershey

Chair of 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.” —Mrs. Hershey

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Dr. Bob Dodson

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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Dr. Diane Dick


“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

Early Childhood Education Program Coordinator

“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!” — Mrs. Martin

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