Combined M.Ed. in Special Education and Instructional I Certification (50 credits)

This program prepares students for Instructional I Certification, while providing them with the skills to become master-level teachers in their schools.  Students combine study for the Master of Education Degree program in Special Education with course work to meet Instructional I Certification requirements.  Students completing the combined program will be awarded the M.Ed. in Special Education and be eligible for Instructional I Certification (pending passing score on the PRAXIS teacher certification exam).

Admission requirements

Applicants must:

  • For admission to the Graduate School, applicants must hold either a bachelor's degree from a U.S. regionally accredited institution or a postsecondary degree that is equivalent to a U.S. baccalaureate degree earned from an officially recognized degree-granting international institution;
  • Have achieved a minimum junior/senior grade-point average of 3.0 (on a scale of 4.0);
  • Submit a completed online Graduate School application;
  • Submit two official transcripts from each college and university attended (Penn State transcripts may be unofficial);
  • Submit three recommendation reports with recommendation waiver forms from individuals familiar with your academic work(e.g., former professors)and/or teaching skills (e.g., principal or supervisory);
  • Submit a completed personal data sheet;
  • Submit a personal statement;
  • Submit scores for the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) for applicants whose native language is not English (minimum score of 550 required);
  • Submit the nonrefundable application fee;
  • For information on how to apply, click here.

Degree Requirements: 

  • SPLED 409A (3) Fundamental Literacy Skills for Students with Special Needs
  • SPLED 409B (3) Writing & Content Literacy for Students with Special Needs
  • SPLED 411 (3) Intervention for Students with Severe Disabilities
  • SPLED 412 (4) Instruction for Students with Mild Disabilities
  • SPLED 500 (1)  Practicum Seminar
  • SPLED 573 (3) Introduction to Research in Special Education
  • SPLED 595A (3) Practicum
  • SPLED 595B (3) Field Experience in Off Campus Laboratories

Electives (9 credits)

Click here for a complete listing.  (All chosen electives must be at the 500 level.)

Other Requirements

In addition to the requirements listed for the M.Ed., students pursuing the combined program may need to complete some or all of the following deficiency courses:

  • SPLED 401 (4) Motivating Exceptional Learners
  • SPLED 409C (3) Mathematics Instruction for Students with Special Needs
  • SPLED 425 (4) Foundations of Special Education, Etiologies, Law, and Implications for Practice
  • SPLED 454 (4) Assessment for Instruction
  • SPLED 495E (3) Experience with Exceptional Children (Practicum)