When you decide to become a special education teacher, you are choosing to transform your life and make a true difference in the lives of your students.
Special education teachers are not like other teachers. Teachers who provide special education services need to have an advanced level of teaching ability with specialized expertise in the learning differences of students with a variety of disabilities.
Requirements for this program include academic coursework, field experiences, and the PECT (Pennsylvania Educator Certification Tests) exam. Some of the courses you will take include Atypical Development in Children and Adolescents, Methods of Teaching Reading to Persons with Disabilities, Methods of Teaching Mathematics to Secondary Students with Disabilities, Methods of Teaching Content Area Subjects to Persons with Disabilities, Transition for Youth with Disabilities, Educational Psychology, and Education of Persons with Emotional/Behavioral Disorders, Learning Disabilities, or Brain Injury.
Students entering this program should be aware of the following:
You must complete a fifth year by applying for early admission into to the IUP Masters of Education in the Literacy and/or the Reading Specialist Certification Program and meet all Reading Specialist certification requirements.
Upon completion of the Reading Specialist requirements and passing the Special Education PreK-8 or 7-12 exam and the Reading Specialist exam, students can apply for special education certification.
The Bachelor of Science degree in Special Education with Reading Specialist leads to Pennsylvania Department of Education Special Education certifications in PreK-8 and 7-12 and Reading Specialist certification following one year of graduate study. Students will be prepared to teach all school-aged persons with intellectual disabilities, autism, developmental disabilities, learning disabilities, brain injuries, emotional/behavioral disorders, physical disabilities, and multiple disabilities.
As a certified special educator you can:
In addition you will develop and implement individualized programs that meet the intellectual, social and emotional needs of students.
As a reading specialist you will:
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