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Increase your advancement and earning potential at a renowned university, nationally recognized by U.S. News & World Report.


Throughout the country, tight state and local budgets are making the market for teaching jobs more competitive than ever before. A specialized degree or certification can help you stand apart from other educators as you pursue opportunities to teach or develop new skills to encourage successful learning patterns in students. The online programs at Saint Joseph’s University are ideal for those who want to explore opportunities in leadership roles that advance the future of our children.

Discover competitive tuition, cutting-edge coursework, complete flexibility, and customization at a regionally accredited institution.


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Bachelor's Programs

BLS in General Studies - Autism Studies

Seamlessly finish your bachelor’s degree with your existing college credits. The real-world curriculum puts your new degree to work quickly and makes you a stand-out candidate.

The Autism Studies concentration of the BLS in General Studies focuses on knowledge and techniques to educate and assist individuals within the Autism Spectrum. It consists of eight courses in total: five theoretical courses approved by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) and three practicum (field experience) courses that are also approved by the BACB.

Master of Science (MS) Degree Programs

MS in Education - Deaf and Hard of Hearing PK-12 Certification

The MS in Education - Deaf and Hard of Hearing PK-12 Certification degree prepares educators to acquire the competencies specifically needed to support learning and development in children with hearing loss. Upon graduation, you will also have earned a Pennsylvania-issued PK-12 certification with reciprocity in many states.

Career Information: The average salary of a Teacher of the Deaf/Hard of Hearing in the United States is $54,155.

— (2015)

MS in Education - Secondary Education

The online MS in Education - Secondary Education is an efficient, convenient, and cost effective way to get the skills and credentials you need to accomplish your career goal in educating grades 7-12. You will receive a cutting-edge master’s degree built on the latest theories and techniques for young adult education, and be qualified to receive secondary education certification.

Career Information: Employment of high school teachers is projected to grow 6 percent from 2014 to 2024, earning a median annual wage of $57,200.

— U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (2015)

MS in Education - Special Education - 5+ tracks

The online MS in Education - Special Education is built on the foundation of the Response to Intervention (RTI) program, a successful research-based strategy for student achievement that has been implemented in school districts across the country.

Choose from multiple tracks:

  • MS in Education - Special Education (master's only)
  • MS in Education – Special Education + Applied Behavior Analysis Concentration
  • MS in Education - Special Education + Autism Spectrum Disorder Endorsement
  • MS in Education - Special Education + Special Education Certification
  • MS in Education - Special Education + Wilson Reading System® Certification
  • Ask a Program Manager about becoming certified in multiple areas


Career Information: Employment of special education teachers is projected to grow 6 percent from 2014 to 2024, earning a median annual wage of $55,980.

— U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (2015)

Certification Programs

Autism Spectrum Disorders Endorsement

The endorsement is a post-master's program designed for educators. The curriculum consists of four courses that provide a thorough foundation in the principles, ethics, and methods of best practices in ASD education for individuals of all ages.

Autism Studies Certificate (Post-baccalaureate)

This certification curriculum consists of eight courses divided between five courses that provide an introduction to autism theories, techniques, treatment and therapies and three practicum courses that incorporate field experience. The Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) has approved this eight-course sequence as meeting the coursework and the field experience requirements for taking the Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst (BCaBA) Examination.

Certificate in Behavior Analysis (Post-master's)

If you have already earned a master’s degree, you can obtain an online post-master's Certificate in Behavior Analysis that is separate from the MS degree, and features:

  • BCBA-approved coursework
  • Prepares you to sit for the BCBA examination
  • Provides skills and certificate for career advancement

Online Accelerated Teaching Certification (OATCERT)

The 27-credit OATCERT program is designed to aid working professionals in earning their initial secondary (grades 7-12) teaching certificate or a master's degree in Secondary Education within one of the traditional content areas:

  • Math
  • Science
  • English
  • Social Studies

Pennsylvania PK-12 Teacher of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Certification

This program prepares educators for certification and to acquire the competencies specifically needed to support learning and development in children with hearing loss. It may be combined with a master’s degree (for only 6 more credits) or completed as a stand-alone option. You are required to:

  • Hold a bachelor’s degree
  • Have basic sign language competency
  • Be Level 1 certified (or have equivalent education/experience) to work with deaf/hard of hearing students

Special Education Certification

The program is designed for professional teachers who want to develop and refine their ability to meet the demands of students with special educational needs. Benefit from:

  • A convenient online format
  • Flexibility to maintain work/life balance
  • Increase credentials while still working

Wilson Reading System® Certification

This online Wilson Reading System® Certification provides the skills to help students become fluent, independent readers, using multi-sensory, structured language programs and strategies to teach reading and spelling successfully.

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