Special Education Certification (Pre K-8 and 7-12)

The Special Education Certification (Grades Pre K-8 and 7-12) curriculum is 27 credits. The Education faculty uses various course formats to help you learn, including case studies, lecture/discussion, group projects and simulation exercises to ensure what you gain in one course will reinforce and build on what you learn in others.

Students with any bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university are eligible for entry into the program. Applicants must have a Instructional I or Instructional II Teaching Certification to qualify for this program.

Curriculum Overview (27 Credits):

Note: Up to 6 graduate credits earned at another institution may be accepted for the Alvernia equivalent below at the discretion of the department.

Special Education Teaching Certification (Grades Pre K-8 and 7-12):
MED 505 Introduction to Special Needs Students - 3 credits
MED 515 Differentiated Instruction in Inclusive Classrooms* - 3 credits
MED 522 Practicum I (30 hours) - 1 credit
MED 523 Practicum II (30 hours) - 1 credit
MED 535 Collaboration & Legal Issues for Special Educators - 3 credits
MED 542 Assessment & Instruction of Students with Developmental Disabilities - 3 credits
MED 544 Transition & Instruction for Secondary Special Needs Students - 3 credits
MED 545 Social Development & Behavior Support in Inclusive Classrooms - 3 credits
MED 605 Enhancing Literacy for Special Needs Students - 3 credits
MED 671 Student Teaching in Special Education (seven weeks) - 3 credits
MED 673 Student Teaching in Special Education Seminar (co-requisite MED 671) - 1 credit

Additional Requirements for Master of Education
COR 520 Ethics and Moral Leadership - 3 credits
MED 518 Quantitative Research Methods - 3 credits
MED 520 Educators as Researchers - 3 credits
MED 610 School Law & Social Advocacy - 3 credits
MED 680 Research Seminar (Pre-requisite: MED 520) - 3 credits
MED XXX Elective - 3 credits
Total Additional Credits in M.Ed. Program 18 credits

Contact Admissions:


Academic Advisor

Sister Margaret Anne Dougherty, RSM, Ph.D.
Coordinator, Graduate Programs in Education



Admissions Staff

Kelly Burr, M.Ed
Coordinator of Graduate Admissions & Student Services
School of Graduate and Adult Education

Phone: 610-796-8296
Fax: 610-796-8367

Cynthia Mensch
Director, Alvernia University
Schuylkill Center

1544 Route 61 Hwy S. Suite 6190
Pottsville, PA 17901

Dana Baker
Director of Philadelphia Center
School of Graduate and Adult Education

1355 West Cheltenham Avenue
Melrose Park, PA 19027

special education certification (pre k-8 and 7-12)

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