Special Education

Master of Education (MEd), PK-12 certification


Avg. Completion Time

2-3 years (full-time)

Delivery Method


Why Earn an MEd in Special Education Through
Lancaster Bible College | Capital Seminary & Graduate School?

If you have a passion for working with students across the learning spectrum, consider earning a master’s degree in Special Education. This online program is design for busy working professionals while still focusing on deep engagement with faculty and fellow students.

Our Master of Education: Special Education program prepares certified teachers to engage with students with a variety of special needs – from students with Down Syndrome, ADHD, behavioral disorders, emotional disorders, learning disabilities and more – to achieve their greatest potential. Learn how to create effective IEPs (individualized education plans), manage student behaviors, teach effectively and collaborate with other professionals and families. After being 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.

Course Length

8 weeks, a few courses are 16 weeks

Residency Requirement tooltip-icon

There is no residency requirement. To help build community students have the opportunity to participate in a weekly 30-60 minute Zoom session with their professor and fellow students.

Capstone Requirement

There is no capstone requirement.

Transfer Agreement

Transfer in up to 9 graduate level credits with a grade of B or higher.

License, Certification, Credential Information

Certification PK-12
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Program Plan

MEd: Special Education (42 Credits)

Biblical & Theological Course 3 Credits

MEd Core Courses 15 Credits

Special Education Courses 24 Credits

View the Academic Catalog for the complete curriculum plan, course descriptions and complete program details.

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Program Distinctive - What makes LBC | Capital's program unique?

Our online program meets the needs of professional teachers already working in the field. 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 experience:

  • Knowledgeable, compassionate faculty who teach and mentor
  • Opportunities to develop your research skills
  • Field placements to hone your skills
  • Enriched practice through the lens of a biblical worldview
Career Paths

The Masters of Education will prepare you for a wide range of service and/or ministry contexts. Here is a sampling of careers in which our MEd alumni serve:

  • Special Education Teacher at a public school
  • Special Education Teacher at a private school
In this program, students will…
  • Demonstrate ability as a Special Education teacher.
  • Understand their identity 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.

Course Plan

The following is the proposed schedule for the Special Education Master’s degree program.

Course Title Year Semester Credits
SPE 501 (1) Assessment & Special Ed Processes One Fall 3
EDU 526 (2) Diagnostic Reading Assessment One Fall 3
SPE 503 (prereq 501) (1) Teaching Students with LD & ID One Spring 3
SPE 504 (prereq 501) (2) Teaching Students with Low Inc. One Spring 3
EDU 550 (1) Socio-cultural Perspective One Summer 3
SPE 502 (prereq 501) (1) Meeting Needs with Autism One Summer 3
EDU 519 (1) Foundations & Frameworks Two Fall 3
EDU 560 (2) Teacher’s Life & Work Two Fall 3
SPE 505 (prereq 501,2,3,4)(2) Professionalism, Ethical Practice & Collaboration Two Spring 3
BTC 503 Foundations for Integration or BTC 504 Perspectives on Integration Two Spring 3
EDU 570 (prereq 505) Apprenticeship I* Three Fall 3
EDU 598 Seminar in Action Research* Three Fall 3
EDU 580/585 (prereq 570, 505) Apprenticeship II* Three Spring 3
EDU 599 (prereq 598) Project in Action Research* Three Spring 3

* = 16 week courses

Meet the Faculty

Robin Bronkema, PhD
Assistant Professor and Director of Graduate Programs
Bob Dodson, EdD
Professor, Certification Officer, Field Placement Coordinator
Stacey Martin, EdD
Academic Dean of Education, Counseling & Social Work
Angela Becker, EdD
Adjunct Faculty

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