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. In accordance with Pennsylvania Department of Education requirements, candidate’s initial instructional certification grade band will determine which “add on” special education certification the candidate is eligible.

    Special Education PreK-8 Option: Candidates with previous Pennsylvania certificates in early childhood N-3, elementary K-6 or PreK-4, middle school 4-8, and PK-12 certified reading specialists are eligible for this option. 

    Special Education 7-12 Option: Candidates with previous Pennsylvania certificates in secondary education 7-12 content areas and PK-12 certified reading specialists are eligible for this option. Please see the Pennsylavania Department of Education website for additional information.

    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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