The Special Education Certification (Grades PK-8 or 7-12) curriculum is 27 credits. Students with any bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university are eligible for entry into the program. To qualify for the program, applicants must have a Secondary Education or Elementary Education Certification.


To qualify for the Special Education Certification, a candidate should:

  • Complete the 27-credit coursework. Please note that up to 6 graduate credits from another university may accepted.
  • Earn a minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Hold a valid a Secondary Education or Elementary Education Certification.
  • Passing scores on the Pennsylvania Educator Certification Tests



Special Education Teaching Certification (27 credits)

  • MED 505 Introduction to Special Needs Students* - 3 credits
  • MED 515 Differentiated Instruction in Inclusive Classrooms* - 3 credits
  • MED 522 Practicum in Special Education (40 hours) - 2 credits
  • 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 Seminar in Special Education - 1 credit
  • MED 673 Student Teaching in Special Education (co-requisite with MED 671; 6 weeks) - 3 credits
    • *This class is to be taken prior to those listed below it.



Prior to the beginning of a course with fieldwork and/or internship hours, candidates are required to submit their current clearances including PA Criminal Record check (Act 34), PA Child Abuse History Clearance (Act 151), FBI Clearance (Act 114), and TB Screening. Read more about clearances for education students here

Please view course descriptions in the Graduate Catalog


Questions? Contact:

Kelly Burr, M.Ed.

Associate Director of Admissions, School of Graduate and Adult Education

610-796-8296 (phone),  610-796-8367 (fax)


Mary B. Schreiner, Ph.D.

Coordinator, Special Education & Graduate Programs in Education


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