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Special Education Certification

Students working to obtain a Special Education Certification within our Department of Special Education are granted the unique opportunity to participate in field experiences with both regular elementary programs and special education programs to ensure that he or she is well-equipped for his or her future teaching profession. This is done under our dual certification format. Additionally, students experience all elementary education work in addition to specialized special education work.

Programmatic Structure

The Pennsylvania Department of Education has mandated a programmatic structure for students seeking special education certification that began in 2013. New credentialing guidelines stipulated students pursue a special education certification K-7 or 7-12. Additionally, all candidates seeking either of the special education certifications must simultaneously obtain at least one of the following certifications: PreK-4 (elementary level content area), 4-7 (middle level content area), or 7-12 (secondary content area).