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.
To be considered highly qualified a special education teacher in Pennsylvania, an individual must hold a Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, Middle Grades Education, Art Education, Music Education, or Physical Education certification collaterally with a Special Education Certification (PreK-8). Temple University's College of Education offers multiple pathways to pursue this second certification in Special Education.
- Early Childhood Education, BSEd with a concentration in Special Education
- +1 Accelerated Program in Early Childhood Education BSEd + Special Education MEd
- Special Education, MEd
- Early Childhood & Special Education, MEd
- Middle Grades & Special Education, MEd
- Secondary & Special Education, MEd
- Education PhD with a concentration in Special Education
Graduate Certificate & Certification Programs
- Autism Endorsement Graduate Certificate
- Disability Studies Graduate Certificate
- Special Education Certification
- 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.
Amanda Guld Fisher, assistant professor of teaching/instruction, department of teaching and learning, is faculty coordinator of the Special Education program.