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Online Special Education Certification tuition is $570 per credit hour. Visit our financial aid page to learn what options are available to you. More
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Courses (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 (10) 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 understanding the 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, from age 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 the 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 Special Education Certification program as a capstone experience in the area of service in today's schools. The experience is a full-time, six-week opportunity to develop the skills necessary to become a highly-qualified special education teacher.
For entrance into the Online 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.
- 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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Online Special Education Certification tuition is $570 per credit hour. Visit our financial aid page to learn what options are available to you.
The special education certification prepares you to educate children who have special needs — in a special education classroom or inclusive classroom environment. Since this certification is offered for grades PreK-8 and 7-12, you can tailor the credential to the age group of your choice. The certification program expands your marketability as a classroom educator or special classroom educator, with a curriculum that includes instruction techniques, promoting prosocial behavior and other skills that will help you assist students in meeting their goals.
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