There is a great need for special education teachers as states all across the country are experiencing shortages. Today's special education teachers must be highly-skilled individuals who not just understand the complexities of their students’ needs, but are can modify curriculum, and provide remedial instruction.
Drexel University’s School of Education program prepares special education teachers for these challenges.
Drexel’s online Special Education Certification program seeks to produce professionals who are equipped with the fundamental skills, knowledge, and competencies they require to meet the needs of students at risk for school failure and students with disabilities in multiple settings. The program is intended for those interested in gaining greater skills and expertise and a teaching certification in the area of special education.
This online Special Education certification program is for actively certified teachers seeking Pennsylvania's Special Education PreK-12 certification. Candidates must have an active PA Instructional I or Instructional II teaching certificate.
Out-of-state teachers are welcome to participate in the Special Education Program as non-PA certification students.
The Special Education Certification program is a part-time online program consisting of 27 graduate credits. For students that have not completed the prerequisite courses, the program will require 36 credits: 27 credits in Core Special Education Certification courses and 9.0 credits in prerequisites for certification in special education. The certification areas are Special Education PreK-8 and Special Education 7-12.
Course descriptions may be found in the Drexel University Catalog.
Most of the coursework requires field hours. Students must have the necessary clearances in order to begin the program.
The Special Education certification program is a part-time, accelerated program. Students, on average, complete the program in about a year and a half.
Credits earned in the Special Education Certification program may be applied to the Master of Science in Special Education graduate program. The MS program offers four concentrations: Applied Behavior Analysis; Autism Spectrum Disorders; Collaborative Special Education Law & Process; and Dyslexia Specialist (Wilson® Level 1 certification). Students may also work with their academic advisor to develop a customized concentration to meet specific objectives.
The Special Education certification program is offered 100% online. you can get started by filling out the Drexel Online Application.
Students will enroll in three courses. Course Topics include special education (and related) teaching methods, developmental nature of disabilities, and special education policies & practices. At least one course must be a teaching methods course. Course selection and focus on mild-moderate/high incidence disabilities or severe & multiple/low incidence disabilities will be made in consultation with a faculty advisor. All courses are relevant to educators who are not special educators.
Key learning outcomes are driven by the subject matter knowledge requirements set forth by the DESE to qualify for bilingual endorsement. BEC students will learn about:
To be eligible for state bilingual education endorsement, participants must:
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Lycoming College offers the following certification programs approved by the PA Department of Education:
Students in secondary and K-12 certification areas must complete a major in the academic discipline. Students also complete professional education coursework and field experiences, and candidates complete student teaching in grade levels representative of the candidate's license.
In addition to Lycoming College's requirements for an academic degree, candidates seeking teacher licensure in Pennsylvania must also meet all requirements set forth by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. Certification requirements are set by the state of Pennsylvania and subject to change. Contact the teacher certification officer for current certification requirements.
Please refer to Teacher Education Handbook for criteria in each program.
Successful completion of the program requirements and passing scores on the required PRAXIS exams allow students to be certified to teach in the specific content area. All certification programs require a 3.0 or better GPA at completion of program and graduation in order to receive certification.
Reciprocal agreements among states allow students to become certified in states other than Pennsylvania by applying directly to the Department of Education in that state. In these states teachers can be hired with their Pennsylvania certificate and will then have to meet the individual requirements for certification in that specific state.
When you graduate, we encourage you to apply for a Pennsylvania Teaching Certificate. Once you acquire a teaching certificate here, obtaining a comparable certificate in another state is easier, because Pennsylvania has a certification agreement with at least 45 other states. For more information on the states involved in this agreement, visit the Pennsylvania Department of Education on the web.
If you decide to get certified in another state, it is your responsibility to be familiar with the certification requirements for that state. For up-to-date information on certification requirements and important contact, please visit 50 States’ Certification Requirements, a website updated by the University of Kentucky.
Anyone who holds a baccalaureate, masters or doctoral degree from an accredited institution and wishes to be considered eligible for a Pennsylvania teaching certificate must consult with the Education Department. An individualized program of study, which complies with the PDE and Lycoming College program approval requirements for elementary, special education, PK-4, PK-4 with Special Education PK-8, K-12 or 7-12 secondary certification with special education, will be developed. Individuals with a baccalaureate, masters or doctoral degree can also consider the internship program. Please see Post Bacc section of the Teacher Education Handbook for more information.
Lycoming College is an approved provider for the Pennsylvania Department of Education Act 48 professional development requirements. These requirements are for teachers certified for Pennsylvania. Courses for credit qualify for PA Act 48 standards; non-credit coursework does not qualify. Students must supply their unique PA Act 48 Professional Personal ID (PPID) number in order to have their credit course posted. Students should log into the PA Department of Education website (www.pde.state.pa.us) to obtain this ID number.
The College of Education offers both UW certificates and programs that lead to either initial certification or additional endorsements by Wyoming's Professional Teaching Standards Board (PTSB) that can increase a teachers pay and marketability. PTSB certification is the initial certification for teachers to be licensed in the state of Wyoming. PTSB endorsements are additional areas of teaching endorsement that are added to an initial teaching certificate. UW certificates lead to notations on UW transcripts and official UW certificates, but do not lead to add-on PTSB endorsements unless specifically stated.
The graduate certificate in Community College Leadership provides aspiring leaders at community colleges with a 15-credit hour, focused program of study that will prepare them for more effective and efficient leadership service at their institution. The program is primarily intended as a Post-Masters credential, supplementing a student’s Master's degree in a discipline. It is also open on a space-available basis to students (especially community college employees) as long as they hold a Bachelor's degree. The courses are all delivered in a distance format (online or synchronous audio/visual) and are scheduled so the program may be completed part time over 4 semesters. Learn more.
Contact: Dr. Reed Scull, Higher Education Administration
Phone: (307) 766-5645
The Computer Science Education program leads to an endorsement (grades 6-12) from the Wyoming Professional Teaching Standards Board in Computer Science Education. The endorsement is available to undergraduate students enrolled in a School of Teacher Education program. Courses can be taken prior to the teaching certificate but candidates will not be endorsed until they have initial certification. The program consists of 20 credit hours. In addition, 15 of the credit hours may be used for a minor in Computer Science. Learn more.
Contact: Dr. Linda Hutchison, Secondary Education
Phone: (307) 766-5077
The Early Childhood Birth to Eight program (both undergraduate and post-graduate) leads to initial PTSB licensure in Elementary Education with an add-on endorsement in Early Childhood Education. The endorsement is available to undergraduate students enrolled in the Elementary Education program or post-graduate students with a BA in Elementary Education and consists of 24 credit hours. This program is not for those who completed a BS in Family and Consumer Sciences/Child Development Option. Learn more.
Contact: Dr. Tricia Johnson, Tjohns39@uwyo.edu
The Early Childhood Birth to Five program (both undergraduate and graduate) leads to initial PTSB licensure in Early Childhood Education Birth to Five. The program consists of 24 credit hours. The endorsement is available to undergraduate students enrolled in the Child Development Option of the Family & Consumer Sciences program. At the post-baccalaureate level, the endorsement is available to graduates with a BS in the Child Development Option of the Family & Consumer Sciences Program or to students in the Early Childhood Special Education Endorsement Program. It is also available for those graduates with a bachelor's degree in an approved related field (nursing, communication disorders, social work, and child psychology). Learn more.
Contact: Dr. Tricia Johnson, Tjohns39@uwyo.edu
The Early Childhood Special Education program (post-graduate only) leads to a PTSB add-on endorsement or licensure in Early Childhood Special Education Birth to Five for those who have a teaching certificate or for those who have a bachelor's degree in a field related to early childhood. This is an interdisciplinary program that requires students to take 23-26 credit hours of coursework. Please note that this is a pre-kindergarten certification program and does not prepare candidates to work with kindergarten and primary grade students. Learn more.
Contact: Dr. Nikki Baldwin, firstname.lastname@example.org
The ESL Certificate/Endorsement program (both undergraduate and graduate) leads to a UW Certificate and a PTSB endorsement for those who have a teaching certificate. Courses can be taken prior to the teaching certificate but candidates will not be endorsed until they have initial certification. The program consists of 15 credit hours and is offered through Outreach Credit Programs. In addition, if a student applies and is admitted, 12 of these credit hours may be used to meet requirements of a master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction. Learn more.
Contact: Dr. Jenna Shim, Educational Studies
The Online Instruction Certificate program (graduate only) helps students acquire the necessary knowledge and skills to effectively develop and teach online courses in a variety of settings. Upon completion, students receive official recognition of their achievement on their University of Wyoming transcripts and an official university graduate certificate. The program consists of 4 online courses (12 credit hours) and is delivered through Outreach Credit Programs. Learn more.
Contact: Dr. Mia Williams, email@example.com
The Online Play Therapy Certificate program (graduate only) provides students with the 150 clock training hours required by the Association for Play Therapy to become a Registered Play Therapist. This is a specialized credential for licensed mental health professionals. The program consists of three online courses for a total of seven graduate credit hours and is delivered through Outreach Credit Programs. Learn more.
Contact: Dr. Robert Paul Maddox, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Literacy Certificate/Endorsement program (graduate only) leads to a UW Certificate and a PTSB Endorsement in studying for those who already have a teaching license. Teachers who have taught or will have taught for one year may take the courses and earn the endorsement. Eligible students enrolled in the program must select one of three options: 1) K-6 level; 2) 7-12 level; or 3) K-12 level. Also, some of the credits may be applied towards a graduate degree in Curriculum and Instruction for students who apply and are admitted. The program consists of 18-24 credit hours of course work, depending on the level of endorsement being sought. Learn more.
Contact: Dr. Leslie Rush, LRush@uwyo.edu
The Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Certification program (graduate only) provides an alternative PTSB initial teacher certification route in elementary or secondary education for those who have obtained a bachelor's degree. The number of credit hours required for the program varies, depending on the specific bachelor's degree and the desired teaching certification area. In addition, students who apply and are accepted in the master's degree program in Curriculum and Instruction will be able to use some the courses to fulfill degree requirements.
Contact: Teacher Preparation and Advising Office, email@example.com
The School District Superintendent Certificate/Endorsement program (graduate only) leads to a UW certificate and a PTSB endorsement as a K-12 district superintendent in the state of Wyoming. Applicants initially apply to the Educational Leadership doctoral program and must meet those same admission criteria. The program consists of 26 credit hours and a certification exam. It is offered through Outreach Credit Programs. Learn more.
Contact: Dr. Barbara Hickman, firstname.lastname@example.org
The School Principal Certificate/Endorsement program (graduate only) leads to a UW certificate and a PTSB endorsement as a K-12 principal in the state of Wyoming. Applicants must have a teaching certificate and a master's degree in education or a related area. The program consists of 21 credit hours and is offered through Outreach Credit Programs and UW/CC. Learn more.
Contact: Dr. Pete Moran, MoranPW@uwyo.edu
*State of Michigan requirements for teacher certification are subject to periodic change. Students must meet all requirements in effect at the time of application.
In order to meet Michigan Test for Teacher Certification (MTTC) requirements mandated by the State of Michigan for teacher education candidates,
Don’t attempt these exams until you’ve completed 90% of coursework in each subject area. Most students take the test immediately preceding or during student teaching. Registration, test objectives and study guides are available on the MTTC website. Additional study resources can be found on this list of MTTC Study Guides.
For information on MTTC Waivers, including the department policy on granting waivers, view the Hope College Education Department MTTC Voucher Application .
For information on reciprocity and out-of-state licensure, postgraduate teaching certification, additional endorsements or state testing requirements, please contact:
Dr. Sara Hoeve
The Hope College certification officer will offer licensure advice based on their knowledge and prior experiences. However, it is the responsibility of the Hope College teacher candidate to double check specific state websites for current testing information and certification requirements given ongoing changes in individual state policies.