Admission Requirements | Chatham University, Pittsburgh, PA

Chatham University

Masters of Education in Special Education (M.Ed) Admission Requirements

Admission Deadlines

  • Fall Recommended Deadline – July 1*
  • *Rolling admission for Fall entry until August 1
  • Summer Recommended Deadline – April 1


  • 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
  • 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.)

Application Requirements

Applicants to the MEd Special Education program must submit the following information to the Office of Admissions for review:

  • Completed online application - resume and essay can be uploaded to the application but can also be sent independently.
  • Official Transcripts (must be sent from the school's Registrar’s Office) from all colleges and universities you have attended including those in which you may have transfer credits, attended a community college, received AP credits from a college while in high school, enrolled in a summer course, participated in a study abroad, etc.
  • Curriculum Vitae or Resume
  • Two (2) Academic or Professional Letters of Recommendation (must be sent by the recommender) in the form of a Word or pdf document. This is a free form recommendation and there will not be a link or form sent to your recommenders.
  • 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

All admissions documents should be sent to

Chatham University
Office of Graduate Admission - Berry Hall
Woodland Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15232

Application documents should be sent to the Admissions Office only!

Admission Process

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.

PDE Clearances

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.

More information regarding these clearances is available on the Pennsylvania Department of Education website and click on "Background Checks" in the left-hand menu.

International Applicants

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 International Admission web pages.

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.