Degree Admission to
Special Education Supervisory Certification

There are two types of admission to the Special Education Supervisory Certification program: Nondegree and Degree admission.

Application Requirements for Degree and Nondegree Admission 

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.

Nondegree Admission
For nondegree admission, applicants must:

  • meet requirements of the Special Education Supervisory Certification program.
  • complete an online application and pay the nonrefundable application fee.  Learn more about how to apply.

*Please note: U.S. citizens and permanent residents of the U.S. who hold an international bachelor's degree, must submit official transcripts and your diploma for evaluation to be approved for nondegree enrollment. International applicants on visas are not eligible for nondegree enrollment.

A maximum of 9 credits taken as a nondegree student can be transferred into the Supervisory I Certification program.

Degree Admission

Teaching or equivalent experience and at least 18 undergraduate credits in education are recommended for admission.

Admission is granted jointly by the Penn State Graduate School and the academic program at Penn State Great Valley. The Admissions Committee reviews applications and makes decisions based on the quality of an applicant's credentials relative to other applicants.

To apply, please submit the following:

  • Online application
    • Under major sought, enter Special Education
    • Under degree sought, enter Pennsylvania Educators Level I Certification
    • In the section called Online Application Notes, please write Supervisory I Certification.
  • Non-refundable application fee, payable by credit card online or by check or money order payable to The Pennsylvania State University. more
  • Two official transcripts from each college or university you have attended. Penn State students do not need to submit transcripts. more
  • Personal Data Sheet with a personal statement.
  • Supervisory I Certification Application 
  • One Recommendation Report Form (from a present or past supervisor) with Waiver Form.
  • Verification of Experience Form PDE 338 V documenting evidence of five years classroom teaching experience.
  • Copy of a valid Pennsylvania Level II teaching certificate in any area of Special Education.

 Mail transcripts and other required documents to: Penn State Great Valley, Admissions Office, 30 E. Swedesford Rd, Malvern, PA 19355. Your admission will be reviewed after your application portfolio is complete.

Application Deadline

Rolling admission. Applications are taken throughout the year.

Helpful Information

Undergraduate and Graduate Academic Transcripts

The Admissions Committee will review an applicant's undergraduate and graduate transcript. Individuals with a combined junior/senior grade-point average of 3.0 (B) on a 4.0 scale and appropriate course backgrounds will be considered for admission. On some occasions, exceptions to the minimum grade-point average may be made for individuals with special backgrounds, abilities, and interests.