Post-Bachelor's Certificate in Special Education Leadership

Certificate Level: Graduate
Admission Requirements: Bachelor's degree
Certificate Type: Post-Baccalaureate
Number of Credits to Completion: 25.0
Instructional Delivery: Online, Campus
Calendar Type: Quarter
Expected Time to Completion: 2 years
Financial Aid Eligibility: Aid eligible*
Classification of Instructional Program (CIP) Code: 13.0402
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) Code:

*The current plan of study for this program would only allow for federal financial aid (including Federal Direct Student Loans) for terms that are at least a minimum of 4.5 credits for graduate courses and 6.0 credits for undergraduate courses. This is based on current regulations from the U.S. Department of Education.

About the Program

The Post-Bachelor's Certificate in Special Education Leadership program is designed to produce educational leaders who are equipped with the advanced skills, knowledge, and competencies necessary to oversee programs that meet the needs of students at risk for and with disabilities in multiple settings.

The program consists of 16.0 credits of special education leadership courses and 9.0 credits of leadership core courses for a total of 25.0 credits. The courses in the leadership core focus on areas of change, finance, evaluation and assessment, and technology. Students must complete all courses and meet the prerequisite standards established by the PA Dept of Education for recommendation for the PA Supervisor of Special Education certification. 

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
  • PA teacher certification (for those seeking PA Supervisor of Special Education Certification) 

Program Requirements

Leadership Core Courses
EDAM 708Integration of Technology with School Instruction and Management 3.0
EDAM 710School Finance and Facilities3.0
EDAM 722Evaluation & Assessment Competencies3.0
Special Education Leadership Concentration Courses
EDEX 710School Law & Policy in Special Education3.0
EDEX 712Instructional & Curriculum Leadership in Special Education3.0
EDEX 714Development, Supervision, & Support: Special Education Leadership3.0
EDEX 716Organization & Administration of Special Education3.0
EDEX 721Supervisor of Special Education Internship: Special Education Leadership1.0
EDEX 722Supervisor of Special Education Internship: Instructional Leadership1.0
EDEX 723Supervisor of Special Education Internship: Collaboration & Personnel1.0
EDEX 724Supervisor of Special Education Internship: Finance & Management1.0
Total Credits25.0

Sample Plan of Study

First Year
Term 1CreditsTerm 2CreditsTerm 3CreditsTerm 4Credits
EDAM 7103.0EDAM 7223.0EDEX 7103.0EDAM 7083.0
EDEX 7123.0EDEX 7143.0EDEX 7211.0EDEX 7163.0
EDEX 7221.0EDEX 7231.0 EDEX 7241.0
 7 7 4 7
Total Credits 25

Additional Information

For more information about this program, please visit the School of Education's website. 

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