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The Special Education Certification program seeks to produce professionals who are equipped with the fundamental skills, knowledge, and competencies they will need to meet the needs of students at risk for school failure and students with disabilities in multiple settings.
The Special Education Certification program is intended for those interested in gaining greater skills and expertise in the area of special education and a PA Instructional I PreK-8 or 7-12 certification. Candidates seeking PA Special Education PreK-8 or 7-12 certification must have an active PA Instructional I or Instructional II teaching certificate in a corresponding area. Out of state teachers may also earn their PA Special Education PreK-8 or 7-12 certification if they transfer their current teacher certification to PA
It is a flexible, convenient part-time graduate program consisting of 31.5 credits in Core Special Education Certification courses. For students that have not completed the prerequisite courses, the program will require 40.5 credits: 31.5 credits in Core Special Education Certification courses and 9 credits in Pre-Requisites for Certification in Special Education.
*In order to qualify for PA Instructional I Special Education PreK-8 or 7-12 certification, all certification courses must be completed (with the required minimum grade,) the appropriate PECT modules must be passed and a completed application be submitted in the PA Teacher Information Management System (TIMS.)
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