Master's (M.Ed.) Special Education & Dual PA State Certification in PreK-8 Special Ed and PreK-4 General Ed

M.Ed. Special Education & Dual Pennsylvania State Certification in PreK-8 Special Education and PreK-4 General Education
M.Ed. Special Education & Dual Pennsylvania State Certification in PreK-8 Special Education and PreK-4 General Education

This 30-credit (minimum) master's program is designed for students seeking Pennsylvania certification as Special Education PreK-8 teachers (with dual certification eligibility).

Students seeking dual certification in general education PreK-4 (initial certification) and Special Education PreK-8 (additional certification) must complete an additional 24 credits.  These courses/credits are required to be eligible for dual certification but are not part of the master's program in Special Education.

Curriculum
COURSE NUMBER COURSE NAME CREDITS
Required (30 credits):  
SPED 332 Education and Inclusion of Individuals with Special Needs  3
SPED 404  Diversity, Families, and School Collaborations in K-12 3
SPED 405 Principles and Applications of K-12 Assessment 3
SPED 409 K-12 Classroom Environment and Management 3
SPED 411 Early Childhood Education 3
SPED 418  Alternative Curricular Approaches 3
SPED 419 Academic Interventions: PreK-8 3
SPED 432 Positive Behavior Support 3
SPED 452 Assessment in Special Education 3
SPED 465 Advanced Inclusionary Practices in K-12 3
Additional Coursework for Dual Certification in PreK-4 and Special Education PreK-8 (21 credits)  
TLT 380 Child Development and Cognition 3
TLT 407 Instructional Design for K-12 Classrooms 3
TLT 412 Social Studies in PreK through 4th Grade 3
TLT 420 Reading and Literacy in PreK through 4th Grade 3
TLT 422 Language Arts in PreK through 4th Grade 3
TLT 426  Science in PreK through 4th Grade 3
TLT 428 Mathematics and Numeracy in PreK through 4th Grade 3
Extended Field Experience for Dual Certification in PreK-4 and Special Education PreK-8 (3 credits)  
SPED 442   General Education and Special Education Student Teaching and Seminar  3

Pennsylvania Department of Education Requirements for Teacher Certification

It is important for individuals considering teaching as a career to be aware of the fairly rigorous academic, health, and personal character requirements for teacher certification that are required by the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) for teacher candidates statewide:

•    An overall GPA of at least 3.0 (both graduate and undergraduate)
•    Clearances: Please visit the Office of Teacher Certification.
•    Refer to the Pennsylvania Department of Education for information on Pennsylvania Certification

Course descriptions can be found in the course catalog.

Application Requirements & Deadlines