Special Education Certification Changes

Students seeking Pennsylvania Department of Education teacher certification in Special Education PK-8 or Special Education 7-12 are advised of changes to the structure of Special Education certification.  Act 82 of 2018 established a Special Education Grades PK-12 standalone certificate. This legislation discontinues the Special Education PK-8 and Special Education 7-12 certificates. Temple University must now prepare students to teach prekindergarten through grade 12 or up to 21 years of age. The Special Education Grades PK-12 certificate does not require certification in an additional content area.  

Deadline for Special Education PK-8 and 7-12 Certifications - December 2021

All students seeking Special Education PK-8 OR Special Education 7-12 must complete all requirements for these certifications, apply, and have their certificaiton issued by PDE before the end of December 2021.  Any student applying for certification after December 2021 must complete the revised requirements specified for Special Education PK-12 certification which includes additional coursework and required testing.  Additional information from PDE is available online at: Certification Preparation Program Guidelines for Special Education Grades PK-12 [pdf]

Program Contact

Jason Travers, associate professor, is program coordinator of the Special Education program.
Email: jason.travers@temple.edu

Julie Beth Kessler, associate professor of instruction, is program coordinator of the Online Special Education MEd program.
Email: julie.kessler@temple.edu

Certification Office

Temple University College of Education and Human Development
Attn. Certification Office
Ritter Annex Room 100
1301 Cecil B Moore Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19122
p. 215-204-8011 | e. certification@temple.edueducation.temple.edu/certification
To request a letter verifying program completion please complete the Request a Letter of Completion online. 

The Certification Office is located in the Shimada Resource Center (Suite 150) on the first floor of Ritter Annex.