Remember the teacher who unlocked the mystery of reading for you in first grade? You can be the person who opens doors for students of all abilities by earning a Special Education Teaching Certification (Grades Pre K-8 and 7-12) at Alvernia University.
This certification prepares future educators to be certified in Special Education (Grades Pre K-8 and 7-12) and is designed for licensed teachers who hold an Instructional I or Instructional II Teaching Certification. The program provides coursework and field experiences that prepare students to be successful in inclusive special education classroom settings.
The Special Education Certification complies with current Pennsylvania and national standards. In addition to coursework that focuses on young students with special needs such as learning disabilities, social/emotional disorders, and autism, the program includes coursework in technology, literacy and teaching strategies and methods for the instruction of students. To enhance their understanding of working with children with various abilities and disabilities, students are required to complete classroom field experiences.
Evaluation of Credentials (required prior to entering program):
Verification of Valid Pennsylvania Elementary Certification or
Verification of Valid Pennsylvania Secondary Certification
Praxis Examination (must be passed prior to applying to the program)
Praxis - Education of Exceptional Students: Core Knowledge and Application
Test 0354 or 5354
Background checks and clearances (required prior to field experience placements):
Act 34 – Child Abuse
Act 114 – FBI Fingerprinting Background Check
Act 151 – PA Criminal Background Check
Program Offered at the Following Locations:
Sister Margaret Anne Dougherty, RSM, Ph.D.
Coordinator, Graduate Programs in Education
Kelly Burr, M.Ed
Coordinator of Graduate Admissions & Student Services, School of Graduate and Adult Education
610-796-8296 (phone) 610-796-8367 (fax) firstname.lastname@example.org
Director of Schuylkill Center
1544 Route 61 Hwy S. Suite 6190
Pottsville, PA 17901
Director of Philadelphia Center
1355 West Cheltenham Avenue
Melrose Park, PA 19027