Special Education Advanced Certification Graduate Program

Special Education Advanced Certification Graduate Program


Applicants must have an initial teacher certification to add on the special education certification. Applicants seeking admission to a master's degree program must satisfy the general admission requirements for the School of Graduate Studies and the Special Education Program. The following criteria are required:
  • A one-page, handwritten letter of intent stating professional background, experience and rationale for wanting to be admitted to the department
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • A resume
  • A copy of a valid PA teacher certificate
  • An official transcript(s)
  • An interview with the chair or program advisor
  • An undergraduate cumulative QPA of 2.8. If average is below 2.8, the student may be admitted provisionally. No Cs may be earned during a probationary period.

The College of Education requires up-to-date documentation on file in the Department of Exceptionality Programs Office of all clearances (i.e., criminal record, child abuse and FBI), TB results and liability insurance coverage prior to enrollment in a course(s).

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Retention

Students must complete the criteria listed in the Teacher Education - Special Education Advanced Program packet prior to the completion of 24 graduate credits. Required GPA, child abuse, FBI and criminal clearances, TB results, and liability insurance coverage is described here and within the packet. Some requirements must be completed before course work can be initiated (e.g., all clearances, TB results and liability insurance coverage). See Advanced Teacher Certification Graduate Program Packet and COE Policy 3.1 for more detail and additional requirements.

Certification and Graduation Requirements

Students may complete certification course work to access teacher certification prior to completion of the M.Ed. Some pre-requisite courses or their equivalents are required. A diversity experience (see packet) is also required for completion of the program. The complete requirement of courses is listed below.

Advanced Certificate Program Worksheet

Pre-certification Requirements

Completion of the following undergraduate courses/equivalents is required.

    SPECED 101/516 Introduction to Individuals with Exceptionalities/Orientation to Exceptionalities
    SPECED 202 Technology for Individuals with Disabilities/may substitute UG Education Technology Equivalent
    PROFSTUD 494/594 ELL Strategies/Methods OR AUDSLP 432/532 Communication/Education ELL

Core Course Requirements for M. Ed. (15 credits)

    SPECED 502 Principles of Special Education Law
    SPECED 547 Technology Applications for Individuals with Disabilities
    SPECED 565 Special Education Research Methods I
    SPECED 567 Special Education Research Methods II
    SPECED 575 Seminar in Current Issues in Special Education

Special Education PK-8 Certification Courses (equivalent courses may be considered)

    SPECED 506 Introduction to Early Intervention
    SPECED 517 Foundations of Behavior Intervention and Support
    SPECED 530 Effective Instruction Practices for Students with Moderate/Severe Disabilities
    SPECED 533 Literacy Instruction for Students with Disabilities
    SPECED 544 Academic Assessment for Instruction
    SPECED 550 Effective Instructional Practices for Students with Mild Disabilities PK-8
    SPECED 557 Linking Assessment and Instruction
    SPECED 558 Methods of Instruction
    SPECED 591 Practicum in Special Education

Note: PROFSTUD 500 Graduate Professional Seminar is required at the beginning of any COE Graduate Program of Study (0 credits; no fee).

Special Education 7-12 Certification Courses (equivalent courses may be considered)

    SPECED 517 Foundations of Behavior Intervention and Support
    SPECED 526 Transition Services for Students with Disabilities
    SPECED 530 Effective Instructional Practices for Students with Moderate/Severe Disabilities
    SPECED 533 Literacy Instruction for Students with Disabilities
    SPECED 544 Academic Assessment for Instruction
    SPECED 551 Effective Instructional Practices for Students with Mild Disabilities 7-12
    SPECED 557 Linking Assessment and Instruction
    SPECED 558 Methods of Instruction
    SPECED 591 Practicum in Special Education

Note: PROFSTUD 500 Graduate Professional Seminar is required at the beginning of any COE Graduate Program of Study (0 credits; no fee).

Please contact Alma George, secretary, Department of Exceptionality Programs at 570-389-4074 for more information.