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Tuition for the online Master of Education with Special Education Certification is $570 per credit hour. Visit our financial aid page to learn about options available to you. More
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Course Requirements (45 credits):
Special Education Teaching Certification (Grades Pre-K through 8 and Grades 7-12): 27 Credits
- This course reviews all areas of student exceptionalities and how special education services are acquired, developed and provided in today’s schools. Students will learn how family and community collaboration together with research-based educational practices assist individuals with exceptionalities be successful in home, school and community settings. Ten hours of fieldwork with children in community settings are embedded in this course.
- This course focuses on content, methods, and materials specifically oriented to assisting students with diverse needs to achieve academically and socially in today’s inclusive schools. Competencies and best practices needed by school leaders as well as classroom teachers who address the needs of students with disabilities are addressed in the course objectives.
- In this two-credit, one semester course, you will be engaged with children with disabilities and organizations that serve them in an inclusive classroom setting for at least 40 hours. In addition, you will design and execute a project within and instructor-approved Personal Learning Plan structure. Online supervision will be provided by the university, in collaboration with a field site mentor, for both classroom-based and project-based elements of this practicum experience.
- This course will focus on legal statutes and regulations regarding students with disabilities and the resulting impact on the delivery of services and educational programs. Skills in development and delivery of the individualized education plan for ages 3-21, including effective communication and collaboration, will be addressed. Discussion of professional dispositions and ethical behaviors of effective special educators will be reviewed. Pre-requisite: MED 505.
- This course deals with what autism and other developmental disabilities are, and best practices teachers use with students who have these conditions. Functional curriculum and assessment in domains of basic communication, self-help, social skills, life skills, fine and gross motor for such students will be addressed. Assistive technology for these populations will be explored. This course should be taken before or during MED 522: Practicum I.
- This course addresses the legal and instructional issues related to adolescents and young adults with disabilities. Topics include functional curriculum, individual transition planning, self-determination and self-advocacy. Included in this course are ten hours of embedded fieldwork within community-based, vocational or post-secondary sites where individuals aged 16 through young adults are taught.
- This course focuses on creating social skills and behaviors using proactive approaches to meet the needs of all learners within a positive classroom climate. Management routines as well as individualized planning for behavioral needs of included children with disabilities will be presented. For students enrolled in MED 545 as required for initial teaching certification, 20 hours of required field experience are embedded and required in this course.
- The course, designed for prospective special education classroom teachers, develops skills for the development, teaching, and enhancing of literacy skills: language, reading, and writing. Students review current and developing research and classroom practices that encourage acquisition and improvement of those skills through learning strategies that can be used in classroom experiences.
- This course is a co-requisite for student teaching and is required for students in the post-baccalaureate special education certification program as a capstone experience in this area of service in today's schools. The Seminar will enable student teachers to discuss, reflect, and develop the skills necessary to become a highly-qualified special education teacher.
- Student teaching is required for students in the post-baccalaureate education special certification program as a capstone experience. The experience is a full-time, six-week opportunity to develop skills necessary to become a highly-qualified special education teacher.
Core Master of Education Courses: 18 credits
- A discussion and analysis of the ethics and philosophy of moral leadership. The course is designed to present a vision for the development of reflective, responsible, and socially engaged citizenship and leadership for the community, workplace, society, and the world. It will include the study of topics such as: ethical theory and approaches to moral leadership; the relationship between leaders and followers; exemplars of moral leadership; and the contrast between moral and immoral leadership. The course facilitates interdisciplinary dialogue and stimulates discussion of ethical leadership.
- This course is designed to familiarize the student with the use of mathematical and statistical methodology used in educational research. Topics will include descriptive statistics, introduction to inferential statistics, t-tests, one-way analysis of variance, multiple comparison procedures, research design and the use of SPSS software.
- This course is designed to assist students in becoming informed consumers of the educational research literature and understanding the scope and range of educational research. Students will develop an understanding of various research methodologies, will synthesize current educational research, and will demonstrate knowledge important in the protection of human subjects as research participants.
- This course is designed to inform teachers, as well as administrators concerning both laws and policies that impact today's educational systems. Emphasis will be placed on understanding the current legal rights and responsibilities of school boards, administrators, teachers, parents, students, and individuals as established by federal and state statutes, constitutions and court decisions as they relate to the educational system. Attention will be given to the legal responsibilities and accountability of all educational personnel in providing for the appropriate education of all students including those with special needs.
- This course is seminar format capstone augmented by significant readings from the professional literature that will facilitate discussions of current and potential issues and trends in the educational arena. Students will demonstrate their ability to analyze and synthesize these issues using class discussions and readings, culminating in the completion of a publishable-quality scholarly paper and corresponding class presentation. Pre-requisite: MED 520
- Customize your program by choosing the M.Ed. elective that best supports your career goals.
For entrance into the Online Master of Education with Special Education Certification program, you’ll need to:
- Complete an online application.
- Provide verification of valid Pennsylvania Instructional I or II Teaching Certification.
- Provide proof of a baccalaureate degree and official transcripts from all institutions attended. A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 is required.
- Provide three letters of recommendation.
- Write a one-page personal statement about the value of graduate education for your personal and professional goals.
- Provide a resume outlining your professional and educational experiences.
You must also have the following background checks and clearances, which are required prior to all field experience placements:
- Act 34 — Child Abuse History Clearance
- Act 114 — FBI Fingerprinting Background Check
- Act 151 — PA Criminal Background Check
- Tuberculosis Screening
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Tuition for the online Master of Education with Special Education Certification is $570 per credit hour. Visit our financial aid page to learn what options are available to you.
The online Master of Education with Special Education Certification prepares you for success in the special education classroom, plus many other diverse teaching opportunities, including education department advisory positions, committee leadership roles, and school administrative careers. Earning your master’s degree along with this certification will increase your marketability as an educator and give you a competitive edge in the field. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual salary of special education teachers in the United States is $58,980, notably higher than the national median salary of teachers who only earn a bachelor’s degree.