Special Education - Cognitive, Behavior, Physical/Health Disabilities


Application Checklist

  • Official transcripts from the accredited college, university, or seminary where the applicant obtained a bachelor's degree
  • Application for graduate admission to the School of Education
  • A statement of purpose demonstrating the applicant's Professionalism and Ethics, commitment to Academic Excellence, and commitment to Collaboration and Diversity -for the statement of purpose, the applicant should answer a set of questions framed around these themes
  • Given this program provides a route to Additional Certification through the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE), applicants must meet the criteria listed below:
    • An overall  minimum 3.0 GPA, or a minimum 3.0 GPA on the most recent 48 credits, as established by PDE
    • Instructional I Certification from PDE
    • Special Education PreK-8 program applicants: Have an instructional certificate in one of the following: N-3, K-6, PreK-4, Grades 4-8, K-12 (including Music Education, all Foreign Languages, Art, BCIT, Health & Physical Ed majors), Reading Specialist
    • Special Education 7-12 program applicants: Have and instructional certificate in one of the following: 7-12, K-12 (including Music Education, all Foreign Languages, Art, BCIT, Health & Physical Education majors), Reading Specialist
      • The Special Education Hearing Impaired, Speech and Language, and Visually Impaired instructional certificates do not qualify as content certificates under Chapter 49.85 and therefore certificate holders cannot add the Special Education PreK-8 or 7-12 certificate areas. This program requires a minimum of 30 credits and meets the requirements for the degree and certification to teach in special education programs for students with Cognitive, Behavior, Physical/Health Disabilities (CBP/HD) in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in PreK-12
  • Interview by special education faculty

Admissions Procedures

After completing the graduate online application, please send transcripts to:

Graduate Office
Duquesne University School of Education
214A Canevin Hall
600 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15282

Upon acceptance by the School of Education Graduate Office, applicants are admitted for graduate study in Special Education with provisional status, and an individual program of study will be designed for the student by their assigned advisor.

After completing the required screening courses in the first 6-9 credits of the program, students are required to apply for candidacy, which is granted to applicants who have successfully met the benchmarks and gateways.

If an applicant does not possess the necessary prerequisites, or if the applicant's record is unsatisfactory, conditional status or dismissal from the program may be recommended.