Instructional I Teacher Certification in Special Education
Individuals who hold a baccalaureate degree may enroll in this program solely for the purpose of becoming certified in special education. This program is designed to prepare educators to teach students with mental and/or physical disabilities. It also allows educators to qualify for special education certification (pending passing score on the PRAXIS teacher certification exam).
Admission Requirements for the Instructional I Certification Program
- 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.
- Note: At the end of the online application, there is a section designated as "Online Application Notes." Please indicate Instructional I Certification in this area.
- Submit two official transcripts from each college and university attended (Penn State transcripts may be unofficial);
- 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. Students are encouraged to contact an academic adviser before or during the application process;
- For information on how to apply, click here.
Course Requirements (37 credits)
To receive an institutional recommendation for certification, students complete 37 credits and must hold a 3.0 cumulative average.
- SPLED 401 (4) Motivating Exceptional Learners
- SPLED 409A (3) Fundamental Literacy Skills for Students with Special Needs
- SPLED 409B (3) Writing & Content Literacy for Students with Special Needs
- SPLED 409C (3) Mathematics Instruction for Students with Special Needs
- SPLED 411 (3) Intervention for Students with Severe Disabilities
- SPLED 412 (4) Instruction for Students with Mild Disabilities
- 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 (Form and clearances needed)
- SPLED 595B.(6) Field Experience in Off Campus Laboratories