Special Education Certification Only at the Graduate Level

  • The Special Education Certificate of Recognition (COR) is an 18-credit program offered by the Special Education program in the Department of Communication Disorders, Special Education, and Disability Services. The program leads to PA certification in Special Education. Students choose from two options: Special Education Certification preK-8th grade or Special Education Certification 7th-12th grade. All students take courses related to characteristics of students with disabilities, effective instructional practices, and assessment. Students focusing on preK-8th grade are required to take a course on multi-disciplinary collaborations. Students focusing on 7th-12th grade are required to take a course on transition services. All students must complete a practicum experience during the summer. 

    The Special Education COR was designed for persons who have initial teaching certification in a content area such as Early Childhood Education, English Education, or Art Education. Eighteen credits are the minimum requirements for PA teacher certification in Special Education. Students who do not have prerequisite methods courses may be required to take additional courses; individual programs will be designed based on a review of transcripts.

    COR Requirements *

    EDEX 569      Education of Persons with Emotional or Behavioral Disorders, Learning Disabilities or Brain Injury

    EDEX 578      Education of Persons with Mental Retardation, Developmental, Physical or Multiple Disabilities

    EDEX 752      Assessment of Persons with Disabilities

    EDEX 754      Advanced Instructional Design in Special Education

    EDEX 785      Practicum and Internship (severe)

    EDEX 558      Transition for Youth with Disabilities (required for 7-12 certification)


    EDEX 755      Professional Collaboration and Team Building for Special Educators (required for PreK-8 certification)

    * PECT exams are also required to obtain PA certification. Minimum requirements: Additional coursework may also be required for PA certification.