Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Special Education PK-12 Certification

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: 2 years
Financial Aid Eligibility: Aid eligible*
Classification of Instructional Program (CIP) Code: 13.1017
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) Code: 25-2052

*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 Special Education PK-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 academic failure and students with disabilities in multiple settings.

This certificate program focuses on students at the PreK through secondary level. The Special Education PK-12 Certification program is intended for those interested in gaining greater skills and expertise in the area of special education and a teaching certificate in the area of PK-12 special education.

This program is a part-time graduate program consisting of 27.0 credits in core special education certification courses. For students who have not completed the prerequisite courses, the program will require 9.0 additional credits.

The courses in the certification 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). Most courses include a fieldwork component that helps the student apply the skills and content learned in the classroom to real world educational environments. 

Admission Requirements

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-requisites for Certification in Special Education (PreK-12)
Students must have completed the following courses in order to apply for a Pennsylvania Special Education PreK-12 certification. All students entering the post-bachelor's certificate program after 2011 should have had these core courses in their initial certification program. If a student has not completed the following three courses, they should be taken to apply for special education certification:

EDEX 542Fundamentals of Special Education3.0
EDEX 544Inclusive Practices3.0
EDEX 568Literacy and Content Skill Development PK-123.0
Core Certification Courses
EDEX 536Special Education Law and Process3.0
EDEX 543Emotional and Behavioral Support of Individuals with Disabilities3.0
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 575Teaching STEAM in an Inclusive Environment PK-123.0
EDEX 578Special Education Practicum PK-123.0
or EDEX 514 Special Education Student Teaching Seminar
EDEX 588Implementing Academic Interventions in Inclusive Educational Environments3.0
Total Credits27.0

Sample Plan of Study

First Year
EDEX 5363.0EDEX 5433.0EDEX 5523.0EDEX 550*3.0
EDEX 5493.0EDEX 5553.0EDEX 578 or 5143.0 
 6 6 6 3
Second Year
EDEX 5753.0   
EDEX 5883.0   
Total Credits 27

Note: Summer is less than the 4.5-credit minimum required (considered half-time status) of graduate programs to be considered financial aid eligible. As a result, aid will not be disbursed to students this term.

Clearances and field placement applications must be submitted before participating in coursework with a field component. 

Additional Information

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

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