The market for highly qualified special education teachers remains unabated. The latest report of the Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates that the need for special education teachers will increase by 17% percent between 2008 and 2018. This shortage of Special Education teachers has been identified regionally (i.e., Pennsylvania and New Jersey) and is particularly prevalent in urban centers in the immediate environs of Temple University. The Governor’s Commission on Teaching and America’s Future (2006) reported that in Pennsylvania, 52% of districts report challenges recruiting special education teachers.
Temple University's College of Education offers those who already hold an Early Childhood, Elementary, Middle Grades, Art, Music, or Physical Education teacher certification the opportunity to pursue a Master's in Special Education with Special Education Teacher Certification (PreK-8).
Program Description - Ed.M. in Special Education
The Ed.M. in Special Education offers students the option of concentrating in numerous areas of study including mild disabilities, autism/applied behavior analysis, or severe disabilities.
Students who have completed a Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education from Temple University may also complete course work as part of the Ed.M. degree leading to TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) Certification, Board Certified Behavior Analyst Certification, or in Instructional Learning Technology.
The Master's in Special Education and Special Education Certification can be completed at the Temple University Main Campus located in Philadelphia, PA. Some courses are offered online or via videoconference. Classes are scheduled during late afternoon hours to accommodate working professionals.
The following principles serve as the foundation for the program:
- Commitment to evidence-based, instructional practices and their implementation in the classroom.
- Commitment to recognizing and ameliorating the impact of socio-cultural factors on the education of children with disabilities.
- Emphasis on preventative approaches that de-emphasize labels and traditional diagnostic categories to support improved teaching and learning.
- Commitment to inclusive practices both within schools and within society as a whole.
Special Note: Changes in Special Education Certification from PDE
After August 2013, the comprehensive kindergarten through 12th grade special education certification will no longer be issued by the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE), and will be replaced by separate pre-kindergarten through 8th grade and 7th through 12th grade certifications. Temple's preparation program serves students seeking the pK-8 certification. For more information on certification options, visit PDE at www.education.state.pa.us.