The program is designed to prepare individuals for Pennsylvania certification in special education. The master of science program with special education certification option is not designed for previously certified special education teachers, since it prepares individuals for state certification nor is it appropriate for international students due to the Pennsylvania certification requirements.
To be eligible for admission into the special education master’s program, applicants must possess a previously earned Pennsylvania instructional certificate in the areas below and present a copy of the certificate during the admissions process. An applicant who is certified in another state may contact the Pennsylvania department of education (pde) at http://www.pde.psu.edu/ to apply for PA certification, prior to admission to Wilkes University.
Candidates applying to Wilkes University for special education will apply for one of the following gradebands: PK-8 or 7-12, depending on their previously obtained certifications, per PDE regulations, as follows:
Special Education PreK-8 Option: Candidates with previous PA certificates in early childhood N-3, elementary K-6 or PreK-4, middle school 4-8, and certified reading specialists are eligible for this option.
Special Education 7-12 Option: Candidates with previous PA certificates in secondary (7-12) content areas and certified reading specialists are eligible for this option.
Department of Education Standards for Special Education. The Graduate Special Education Program requires 30 graduate credits to obtain the degree and additional prerequisite courses for certification. Although students can follow a fast track for certification by taking the certification courses first (certification courses are indicated by asterisks on attached requirements checklist). Students will consult with the program advisor for fast track requirements
The state will require candidates to take the new Special Education Certification tests called the PECT (Pennsylvania Educator Certification Tests) available at: http://www.pa.nesinc.com. There are two PECT modules for each grdade band. Candidates will select the appropriate grade band modules; either PK-8 or 7-12.