Special Education Certification Program Overview The accredited online Special Education Certification program seeks to produce professionals who are equipped with the fundamental skills, knowledge, and competencies they will need to meet the needs of students at risk for school failure and students with disabilities in multiple settings. Candidates seeking Pennsylvania Special Education PreK-8 or 7-12 certification must have an active PA Instructional I or Instructional II teaching certificate in a corresponding area. Out-of-state teachers may also earn their PA Special Education PreK-8 or 7-12 certification if they transfer their current teacher certification to PAProgram FeaturesA flexible, completely online program that fits easily into your busy work and personal schedule. The only face-to-face requirements are the various field experiences that are conveniently arranged in an appropriate school in your area.Named one of “America’s Best Graduate Schools” preparing today’s educators by U.S. News & World ReportApproved by the Pennsylvania Department of EducationA highly interactive online learning method allows extensive interaction with faculty and other classmatesState restrictions may apply to some programs. Learn more. Curriculum Pre-requisites for Certification in Special Education (PreK-8) Students must have completed the following courses in order to apply for a Pennsylvania Special Education PreK-8 certification. All students entering the post-bachelor's certificate program after 2011 should have had these core courses in their initial certification program. If a student has not completed the following three courses, they should be taken to apply for special education certification:EDEX 542Fundamentals of Special Education3.0EDEX 544The Inclusive Classroom3.0EDEX 546Literacy and Content Skill Development PreK-83.0 Core Certification Courses EDEX 547Special Education Processes PreK-84.5EDEX 548Emotional and Behavioral Support of Individuals with Disabilities4.5EDEX 549Teaching Individuals with High Incident Disabilities3.0EDEX 550Teaching Individuals with Low Incident Disabilities3.0EDEX 551Teaching Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder4.5EDEX 552Integrating Technology for Learning & Achievement3.0EDEX 553Special Education: Methods & Practices PreK-84.5Total Credits27.0View Course Descriptions Admissions Criteria A bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution with a GPA of 3.0 or higher A Pennsylvania Instructional I or Instructional II teaching certificateRequired DocumentsWith multiple ways to submit documents, Drexel makes it easy to complete your application. Learn more by visiting our supporting document submission guide.A completed applicationOfficial transcripts from all universities or colleges and other post-secondary educational institutions (including trade schools) attendedTwo letters of recommendation (professional or academic)An essay describing why you're interested in pursuing graduate study in this fieldCopy of PA Instructional I or Instructional II teaching certificateAdditional requirements for International Students Tuition The tuition rate for the academic year 2015-2016 is $868 per credit. (A 25% discount off Drexel's regular tuition rate of $1157 per credit) This rate applies only to new online matriculated students. Students receiving special tuition plans with Drexel Online may not combine them with other tuition benefits that may be available from Drexel University. This program is not currently eligible for Federal Financial Aid, however, we offer tuition reduction through our network of partner companies and organizations, and for Drexel University alumni and those in the military. Academic Calendar Term Classes Begin Classes End Exams Begin Exams End Fall 2015 September 21, 2015 December 5, 2015 December 7, 2015 December 12, 2015 Winter 2016 January 4, 2016 March 14, 2016 March 15, 2016 March 19, 2016 Spring 2016 March 28, 2016 June 6, 2016 June 7, 2016 June 10, 2016 Summer 2016 June 20, 2016 August 29, 2016 August 30, 2016 September 3, 2016 Apply today for a Special Education Certification Apply now to begin your application for obtaining a Drexel degree online! or Any problems? Find help or contact us.