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  • Special Education Certification Program

    The accredited online Special Education Certification program seeks to produce professionals equipped with the fundamental skills, knowledge, and competencies needed to meet the needs of students at risk for school failure and students with disabilities in multiple settings.

    Certification Options

    Choose one when submitting your application:

    • Special Education PreK-8
      Focuses on prekindergarten to middle school levels and is for those interested in Special Education PreK-8 certification
    • Special Education 7-12
      Focuses on secondary education and is for those interested in Special Education 7-12 certification

    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 PA.

    Program Features

    • A 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 Report
    • Approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education
    • A highly interactive online learning method allows extensive interaction with faculty and other classmates

    State restrictions may apply to some programs. Learn more.

    Curriculum

    This program is organized into four 10-week quarters per year (as opposed to the traditional two semester system) which means you can take more courses in a shorter time period. One semester credit is equivalent to 1.5 quarter credits.

    Pre-requisites for Certification in Special Education (PreK-8)
    You must have completed the following courses in order to apply for a Pennsylvania Special Education PreK-8 certification. If you have not completed the following three courses, they should be taken to apply for special education certification:

    EDEX 542 Fundamentals of Special Education 3.0
    EDEX 544 The Inclusive Classroom 3.0
    EDEX 546 Literacy and Content Skill Development PreK-8 3.0

    Core Certification Courses  
    EDEX 537 Special Education Law and Processes PreK-8 3.0
    EDEX 543 Emotional and Behavioral Support of Individuals with Disabilities 3.0
    EDEX 545 Teaching STEAM in an Inclusive Pre-K to 8 Environment 3.0
    EDEX 549 Teaching Individuals with High Incident Disabilities 3.0
    EDEX 550 Teaching Individuals with Low Incident Disabilities 3.0
    EDEX 552 Integrating Technology for Learning & Achievement 3.0
    EDEX 555 Teaching Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder 3.0
    EDEX 576 Special Education Practicum PreK-8 3.0
    Total Credits 24.0

    A field component is required in most courses.

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    Admissions Criteria

    • A bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution
    • Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher (graduate GPA will be considered along with the undergraduate GPA)  
      • If you do not meet this requirement, you’re still encouraged to apply and your file will be reviewed on an individual basis by the Program Director
    • A Pennsylvania Instructional I or Instructional II teaching certificate

    Required Documents

    With multiple ways to submit documents, Drexel makes it easy to complete your application. Learn more by visiting our Completing Your Application Guide.

    • A completed application
    • Official transcripts from all universities or colleges and other post-secondary educational institutions (including trade schools) attended
    • Two letters of recommendation (professional or academic)
    • An essay describing why you're interested in pursuing graduate study in this field
    • Copy of PA Instructional I or Instructional II teaching certificate
    • Additional requirements for International Students

    Tuition

    The tuition rate for the academic year 2018-2019 is $949 per credit. (A 25% tuition savings off Drexel's regular tuition rate of $1265 per credit)

    • This program is eligible for Financial Aid.
    • Special tuition rates available for Drexel University AlumniMilitary members, and members of our Partner Organizations
      • These rates apply only to new online students and students being readmitted.
      • Tuition rates are subject to increase with the start of each academic year in the fall term.
      • All students must contact applyDUonline@drexel.edu within the first two weeks of the term to request tuition savings for which they qualify.
      • Special rates cannot be combined. If you qualify for more than one special rate, you'll be given the one with the largest savings.
      • When receiving special tuition plans with Drexel University Online, you may not combine them with other tuition benefits that may be available from Drexel University.

     

    Academic Calendar

    2018-2019 Academic Year

    Term

    Classes Begin

    Classes End

    Exams Begin

    Exams End

    Fall 2018

    September 24, 2018

    December 8, 2018

    December 10, 2018

    December 15, 2018

    Winter 2019

    January 7, 2019

    March 16, 2019

    March 18, 2019

    March 23, 2019

    Spring 2019

    April 1, 2019

    June 8, 2019

    June 10, 2019

    June 14, 2019

    Summer 2019

    June 24, 2019

    August 31, 2019

    September 3, 2019

    September 7, 2019

     

    Previous Academic Calendar

    2017-2018 Academic Year

    Term

    Classes Begin

    Classes End

    Exams Begin

    Exams End

    Fall 2017

    September 25, 2017

    December 9, 2017

    December 11, 2017

    December 16, 2017

    Winter 2018

    January 8, 2018

    March 17, 2018

    March 19, 2018

    March 24, 2018

    Spring 2018

    April 2, 2018

    June 9, 2018

    June 11, 2018

    June 15, 2018

    Summer 2018

    June 25, 2018

    September 1, 2018

    September 4, 2018

    September 8, 2018

    Apply today for the Special Education Certification Program

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