Master's (M.Ed.) Special Education & Dual PA State Certification in 7-12 Special and General Education

This 30-credit (minimum) master’s program is designed for students seeking Pennsylvania certification as Special Education 7-12 teachers (with dual certification eligibility). 

Students seeking dual certification in general education 7-12 (initial certification) and Special Education 7-12 (additional certification) must complete an additional 15 credits.  These courses/credits are required to be eligible for dual certification but are not part of the master’s program in Special Education.  The general education program of study prepares students for certification as secondary content-area teachers in one of the subject areas below:

Biology 7-12

English 7-12

Physics 7-12

Chemistry 7-12

General Science 7-12

Social Studies 7-12

Earth and Space Science 7-12

Mathematics 7-12

 

Curriculum
COURSE NUMBER COURSE NAME CREDITS
Required    
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 418 Alternative Curricular Approaches 3
SPED 421  Academic Interventions: Secondary Level 3
SPED 423 Transition to Post-school Life 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 General Education 7-12 and Special Education 7-12 (9 credits)  
TLT 407     Instructional Design for K-12 Classrooms  3
TLT 432 Reading and Critical Thinking in Middle Level and High School Education 3
Content-area teaching methods course with the approval of your adviser (one of the following):  
TLT 431 Social Studies in Middle Level and High School Education 3
TLT 434 English in Middle Level and High School Education  3
TLT 436 Science in Middle Level and High School Education 3
TLT 438 Mathematics in Middle Level and High School Education 3
Extended Field Experience for Dual Certification in General Education 7-12 and Special Education 7-12 (6 credits)  
TLT 440 Pre-professional Seminar 3
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: 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