Special Education 7-12 Post-Bachelor's Certificate

Certificate Level: Graduate
Admission Requirements: Bachelor's degree
Certificate Type: Post-Baccalaureate
Number of Credits to Completion: 24.0
Instructional Delivery: Online, Campus
Calendar Type: Quarter
Expected Time to Completion: 3 years
Financial Aid Eligibility: Aid eligible
Classification of Instructional Program (CIP) Code: 13.1019
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About the Program

The special education 7-12 certification program seeks to produce professionals who are equipped with the fundamental skills, knowledge, and competencies necessary to meet the needs of students at risk for school failure and students with disabilities in multiple settings.

This certificate program focuses on students at the secondary level. The special education 7-12 certification program is intended for those interested in gaining greater skills and expertise in the area of secondary special education and a teaching certificate in the area of secondary special education. Candidates seeking PA special education 7-12 certification must have an active PA Instructional I or Instructional II teaching certificate in a required area.

This program is a part-time graduate program consisting of 27.0 credits in core special education 7-12 certification courses. For students that have not completed the prerequisite courses, the program will require 36.0 credits; 27.0 credits in core special education 7-12 certification courses and 9.0 credits in prerequisite courses.

The program is designed for currently certified teachers who wish to obtain special education 7-12 certification in Pennsylvania. Out-of-state teachers may also earn their PA special education 7-12 certification if they transfer their current teacher certification to PA.

The courses cover all required state and federal regulations as well as the PA General Standards for Special Education and the standards outlined by the Council of Exceptional Children (CEC).

Admission Requirements

Students applying to this program should have the following:

  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution.
  • Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher (graduate GPAs will be considered along with the undergraduate GPA).
  • Completed graduate school application.
  • Official transcripts from all universities or colleges and other post-secondary educational institutions (including trade schools) attended.
  • Two letters of recommendation - professional or academic.
  • An essay describing why the applicant is interested in pursuing graduate study in this field.

Program Requirements

Pre-requsites for Special Education 7-12 Certification *
Fundamentals of Special Education
The Inclusive Classroom
Literacy and Content Skill Development 7-12
Required Courses: 7-12 Special Education Certification Concentration
EDEX 538Special Education Law and Processes 7-123.0
EDEX 543Emotional and Behavioral Support of Individuals with Disabilities 3.0
EDEX 549Teaching Individuals with High Incident Disabilities3.0
EDEX 550Teaching Individuals with Low Incident Disabilities3.0
EDEX 552Integrating Technology for Learning & Achievement3.0
EDEX 555Teaching Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder3.0
EDEX 565Teaching Secondary Mathematics in an Inclusive Environment3.0
EDEX 577Special Education Practicum 7-123.0
Total Credits24.0

A field component is required in most courses.

Additional Information:

For more information about this program, contact the program manager:

Ms. Kyra Dukes, Program Manager

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