Masters of Education in Special Education (M.Ed) Admission Requirements
- Fall Recommended Deadline – July 1*
- Spring Recommended Deadline – November 1
Applicants to the MEd Special Education program must submit the following information to the Office of Admissions for review:
- Completed online application
- Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
- Two letters of recommendation
- Admissions essay - In approximately 500 words, please describe an experience that led to your interest in special education. How your personal or professional background relates to your interests and goals. How the Chatham MEd degree can help you achieve the goals that you have set for yourself.
- Provide proof of teaching certification
Admissions Materials may be submitted to:
Office of Graduate Admission
Pittsburgh, PA 15232
Fax: (412) 365-1609
International Applicants to the Master of Education in Special Education program must submit additional documentation to the Office of Admissions.
A list of these documents can be found on the Graduate Admissions Requirement for International Students page.
- The Master of Education in Special Education requires that students already be certified in another area (Pre-K through 4, middle grades, or a secondary area such as English, science, history, etc.)
- A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university
- Minimum of a 3.0 GPA
Probationary admission may be granted for applicants with a GPA of less than a 3.0 who show promise through their other achievements
After verifying that the minimum academic requirements are met, the program utilizes a holistic approach in reviewing the candidate's entire application. This process is intended to seek talented and qualified individuals of all backgrounds. Taking multiple factors into consideration during our admissions process positively achieves the educational benefits of a student body that is both diverse and academically excellent. This approach includes an evaluation of each candidate’s academic achievement as well as their personal characteristics, attributes and experiences. As part of the holistic review, Chatham reserves the right to request a background check prior to offer of admission.
Applicants will be informed by the Office of Admissions about whether or not they have been accepted into the MEd Special Education program.
The Pennsylvania Department of Education requires all individuals who interact with children in Pennsylvania schools to obtain three types of clearances: Act 34(PA Criminal), Act 151(Child Abuse), and FBI Criminal History Report. Form PDE 6004 also must be completed for any person entering a school. These are required for all Chatham field placements including observations and student teaching.
Integrated Degree Program
Chatham University undergraduates applying through the Integrated Degree Program (IDP) must complete all requirements outlined on their respective admission or track tab on the IDP Portal Site. All IDP applicants should work closely with their academic advisor to ensure they are meeting all requirements according to their IDP course of study.