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: 27.0
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
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) Code:

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.

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 548Emotional and Behavioral Support of Individuals with Disabilities4.5
EDEX 549Teaching Individuals with High Incident Disabilities3.0
EDEX 550Teaching Individuals with Low Incident Disabilities3.0
EDEX 551Teaching Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder4.5
EDEX 552Integrating Technology for Learning & Achievement3.0
EDEX 563Special Education Practicum 7-124.5
EDEX 567Special Education Processes 7-124.5
Total Credits27.0

9.0 quarter credits total. All students entering this  program from an approved PA certification program after 2011 should have had these three courses in their initial certification requirements. If a student does not have these courses, he or she must complete them with a minimum grade of "B" in addition to the required core certifcation courses.


A field component is required in most courses.

Additional Information:

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

Dr. Janet Sloand
Associate Clinical Professor
Reading and ESL Specialist Programs

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