Special Education Certification

Earn your Pa. special education certification completely online, no visits to campus required. Our program is designed for working teachers who wish to earn their Pennsylvania certification in special education.

Program Snapshot

Program Type Format Credit Hours
Certification Online 30

Why Study Special Education at Wilkes?

Our curriculum builds on foundational knowledge of special education and explores prevention and early intervention strategies, individual learning differences, and the legal requirements and procedures essential for safeguarding student health and welfare. After completing this program, you’ll be well-prepared to take on leadership roles within your district or to implement best practices in serving diverse learners in your classroom.

Curriculum      Admission Requirements

What Will You Learn as a Special Education Student?

  • You’ll build a strong foundation of skills to better serve the needs of diverse learners, including how to create an inclusive classroom, intercultural communication techniques, and best practices in accommodations and adaptations in literacy.
  • You’ll discover how to effectively teach special education with courses that explore psychology, curriculum and instruction, technology in the classroom, and relevant issues, laws, and trends in special education.
  • You’ll gain essential course and field experience in special education as well as complete an internship.
  • You’ll explore behavioral management techniques, assessment strategies, and effective practices within the field of special education. You’ll also learn how to understand and apply Family Service Plans (IFSPs), Individualized Education Plans (IEPs), and Section 504 Plans in collaboration with others.

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Program Highlights

Convenient Online Learning

The program is offered in a convenient online format, giving you the flexibility you need as a working educator.

Learn from Leaders

Professors of the program hold leadership positions in districts and use their expertise to successfully prepare candidates for work in special education.

Advance Your Education Career

Graduates of our program often take leadership roles within special education. You’ll learn best practices in pedagogy as well as how to organize, lead, and collaborate effectively to bring inclusive practices into the classroom, your school, and your district.

 

Tuition & Aid

Graduate education tuition for the 2021-22 academic year is $522 per credit, or $1,566 per course. Deferment is available for employers who reimburse tuition and financial aid is available for those who qualify.

Careers & Outcomes

Graduates of our program are prepared with the knowledge, skills, experiences and passion to be more effective teachers. Outside the classroom, educators with advanced training in special education can explore career paths as trainers for school districts, work in clinical settings, or support non-profit programs committed to meeting the needs of those with disabilities.

Job Titles: Special Education Teacher, Special Education Coordinator, Special Education Director, Educational Consultant, Early Intervention Specialist, Special Education Advocate

 

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