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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

    Online Open House

    Join us on Tuesday, July 23rd from 2 - 3 p.m. ET to learn more about the School of Education's online programs and have your questions answered by a Drexel representative. Register Today!

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    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

    Pre-requisites for Certification in Special Education (7-12)
    All students entering this program from an approved PA certification program after 2011 should have had these three courses in their initial certification requirements. If you do not, you must complete them with a minimum grade of “B” in addition to the required core certification courses:

    EDEX 542 Fundamentals of Special Education 3.0
    EDEX 544 The Inclusive Classroom 3.0
    EDEX 566 Literacy and Content Skill Development 7-12 3.0
    Core Certification Courses  
    EDEX 538 Special Education Law and Processes 7-12 3.0
    EDEX 543 Emotional and Behavioral Support of Individuals with Disabilities 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 565 Teaching Secondary Mathematics in an Inclusive Environment 3.0
    EDEX 577 Special Education Practicum 7-12 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 2019-2020 is $978 per credit. (A 25% tuition savings off Drexel's regular tuition rate of $1303 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

    2019-2020 Academic Year

    Term

    Classes Begin

    Classes End

    Exams Begin

    Exams End

    Fall 2019

    September 23, 2019

    December 7, 2019

    December 9, 2020

    December 14, 2019

    Winter 2020

    January 6, 2020

    March 16, 2020

    March 17, 2020

    March 21, 2020

    Spring 2020

    March 30, 2020

    June 8, 2020

    June 9, 2020

    June 13, 2020

    Summer 2020

    June 22, 2020

    August 30, 2020

    September 2, 2020

    September 5, 2020

    Apply today for the Special Education Certification Program

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