Special Education Certification Program
Drexel University School of Education - Online
Improvements in the diagnosis of learning disabilities or other special needs at earlier ages have resulted in an increase in the number of students requiring special education in schools around the country. From now until 2018, the number of special education teachers is expected to grow 17 percent to more than 550,000 positions nationwide.* These special education teachers must be highly-skilled individuals who understand the complexities of their students’ needs, modifying curriculum, and providing remedial instruction.
Drexel University’s School of Education program prepares special education teachers for these challenges.
What Can You Do with a Special Education Certification?
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.
How to Get Certified in Special Education
This online Special Education certification program is for actively certified teachers seeking Pennsylvania's Special Education PreK-8 or 7-12 certification. Candidates must have an active PA Instructional I or Instructional II teaching certificate in one of the following areas.
For PreK-8 special education certification:
- Reading Specialist
- Elementary K-6 or Early Childhood N-3
For 7-12 special education certification:
- Secondary (7-12) subject area
- Reading Specialist
Out-of-state teachers are welcome to participate in the Special Education Program as non-PA certification students.
Special Education Certification Program Curriculum
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.
How Long Does it Take To Get Certified in Special Education?
The Special Education certification program is a part-time, accelerated program. Students, on average, complete the program in about a year and a half.
Master of Science in Special Education
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: Autism Spectrum Disorders; Collaborative Special Education Law & Process; Multisensory Reading Instruction Level 1; and Technologies for Special Education. Students may also work with their academic advisor to develop a customized concentration to meet specific objectives.
How to Apply to the Special Education Certification Program
The Special Education certification program is offered 100% online. you can get started by filling out the Drexel Online Application.
*Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2010-11.