Special Education (Certificate)

Academic Requirements

Special Education PreK-8 or 7-12 Certification

(24 credits)

Candidates for the special education certification will take eight courses. This program is accredited by the Pennsylvania Department of Education for Special Education Certification (PreK-8 or 7-12). The following courses and relevant practicum experiences are required:

Certification courses

(15 credits)

  • EDC 510 - Human Exceptionalities
  • EDC 619 - Literacy Difficulties: Diagnosis and Instruction
  • EDC 644 - Assessing the Abilities of All Learners
  • EDC 667 - Implementing the IEP in the Inclusive Classroom
  • BLS 601 - Techniques of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

Inclusion Practicum

(9 credits)

  • EDC 643 - Developing and Adjusting Instruction
  • EDC 645 - Planning and Instruction for Students with Special Needs
  • EDC 661 - Teaching Across the Continuum of Student Needs

Master of Arts in Education with Special Education Certification

(33 credits)

Core Courses

  • EDC 503 - Cognitive, Social and Emotional Development
  • EDC 655 - Dimensions of Autism
  • EDC 751 - Transformative Pedagogy: A Capstone Experience

Certification Courses

  • EDC 510 - Human Exceptionalities
  • EDC 619 - Literacy Difficulties: Diagnosis and Instruction
  • EDC 644 - Assessing the Abilities of All Learners
  • EDC 667 - Implementing the IEP in the Inclusive Classroom
  • BLS 601 - Techniques of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
  • EDC 643 - Developing and Adjusting Instruction
  • EDC 645 - Planning and Instruction for Students with Special Needs
  • EDC 661 - Teaching Across the Continuum of Student Needs

Course Descriptions

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