PA State PreK-8 or 7-12 Special Education Certification

This 23-credit (minimum) certification program is designed for graduate students seeking Pennsylvania additional certification as Special Education PreK-8 teachers. The following PA certificate holders may enroll in a Special Education PreK-8 program: N-3, K-6, PreK-4, 4-8, K-12, and Reading Specialist. The mission of this special education program is to prepare highly qualified educators who are not only skilled practitioners, but also leaders in establishing effective teaching and learning environments for individuals with disabilities in their schools and communities.

The mission of this special education program is to prepare highly qualified educators who are not only skilled practitioners but also leaders in establishing effective teaching and learning environments for individuals with disabilities in their schools and communities.

PA Instructional Level I Additional Certification in Special Education PreK-8 (23 credits minimum)

The following PA certificate holders may enroll in a Special Education PreK-8 program:  N-3, K-6, PreK-4, 4-8, K-12, and Reading Specialist.

PA Instructional Level I Additional Certification in Special Education 7-12 (23 credits minimum)

The following PA certificate holders may enroll in a Special Education 7-12 program:  7-12, K-12, and Reading Specialist.

COURSE NUMBER COURSE NAME CREDITS
Students are expected to have completed the equivalent of each of the three courses listed below. If a student lacks one of these courses, he or she will be required to complete it before going out on the intensive teaching experience.  
SPED 332 Education and Inclusion of Individuals with Special Needs 3
SPED 405  Principles and Applications of K-12 Assessment  3
SPED 409  K-12 Classroom Environment and Management 3
Program of Study (23 credits minimum)    
Required    
SPED 404   Diversity, Families, and School Collaborations in K-12  3
SPED 418   Alternative Curricular Approaches 3
SPED 432  Positive Behavior Support  3
SPED 452 Assessment in Special Education  3
SPED 465 Advanced Inclusionary Practices in K-12  3
Coursework for PreK-8 ONLY (6 credits)  
SPED 411   Early Childhood Education 3
SPED 419  Academic Interventions: PreK-8  3
Coursework for 7-12 ONLY (6 credits)    
SPED 421   Academic Interventions: Secondary Level  3
SPED 419  Transition to Post-school Life 3
Intensive Teaching Experience (2 credits)    
SPED 420  Field Experience:  Special Education Certification 2

Course descriptions can be found in the course catalog.

Application Requirements & Deadlines