Temple University's College of Education offers those who already hold a teacher certification the opportunity to pursue a second certification in Special Education. This is a non-degree, certification-only graduate program designed for current teachers who hold certification in one or more of the following:

  • Art Education
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Elementary Education
  • Middle Grades Education
  • Music Education 
  • Physical Education 
  • Secondary Education

Applicants are initially admitted to our Special Education Master’s Program (MEd).  After successfully completing the minimum requirements for Certification, students may choose to earn certification-only or may elect to continue in the program and complete the additional credit hours and requirements to receive Special Education (PreK-8 or 7-12) Certification and a Master’s degree. 

    Non-degree Program Requirements

    The Special Education non-degree graduate certification program requires the completion of 18 credit hours (PreK-8) or 21 credit hours (7-12) of graduate course work. In addition to successfully completing the required coursework, candidates must pass the required certification exams to be eligible for Special Education Certification.

    Special Education Certification (Pre-K-8)

    • SPED 5106 Literacy Instruction for Young Children with Disabilities (3 credits)
    • SPED 5109 Classroom Management and Positive Behavior Support (3 credits)
    • SPED 5187 Graduate Assessment Practicum in Early Childhood Special Education (3 credits)
    • SPED 5211 Effective Instructional Strategies for Young Children with Disabilities (3 credits)
    • SPED 5666 Inclusive School Practices (3 credits)
    • SPED 5587 Special Education Practicum (3 credits)

    Special Education Certification (7-12)

    • SPED 5106 Literacy Instruction for Young Children with Disabilities (3 credits)
    • SPED 5109 Classroom Management and Positive Behavior Support (3 credits)
    • SPED 5187 Graduate Assessment Practicum in Early Childhood Special Education (3 credits)
    • SPED 5211 Effective Instructional Strategies for Young Children with Disabilities (3 credits)
    • SPED 5402 Effective Transition Practices for Students with Mild Disabilities (3 credits)
    • SPED 5666 Inclusive School Practices (3 credits)
    • SPED 5587 Special Education Practicum (3 credits)

    Dual-Certification Programs

    If you are interested in earning your certification in special education along with an initial teaching certification, explore our other master's programs:

    Program Contact

    Joseph Boyle, associate professor of teaching and learning, is faculty coordinator of the Special Education program.
    Phone: 215-204-1099
    Emailjoseph.boyle@temple.edu

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