Temple University’s College of Education and Human Development offers students graduate level courses to become a certified special education teacher. This program is ideal for those who are seeking initial teacher certification in Special Education or are currently certified teachers (e.g., in early childhood education, middle grades education, art education, etc.) and would like to add special education as a second certification.

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 3 credit hours and requirements to receive Special Education (PreK-12) Certification and a Master’s degree. 

Non-degree Program Requirements

The Special Education non-degree graduate certification program requires the completion of up to 27 credit hours of graduate course work, depending on if this is an initial certification or if the student already holds a current certification and previous transferrable coursework. In addition to successfully completing the required coursework, candidates must pass the required certification exams and successfully complete student teaching to be eligible for Special Education Certification.

Required Courses

Courses required for eligibility for certification by PDE for Special Education (PK-12)




SPED 5105

Assessment in Special Education


SPED 5106

Literacy Instruction for Students with Disabilities


SPED 5109

Classroom Management and Positive Behavior Support


SPED 5201

Students with Moderate to Severe Disabilities: Effective Teaching Strategies and Interventions


SPED 5211

Effective Instructional Strategies for Students with Disabilities


SPED 5402

Effective Transition Practices for Students with Disabilities


SPED 5666

Introduction to Special Education


EDUC 5402

Child and Adolescent Development


TESL 5631

Foundations of Language Teaching: Meeting the Needs of English Language Learners


EDUC 5409

Research Methods and Induction Capstone


EDUC 5888

Supervised Teaching


Lists course number, title, and credits required for eligibility for certification by PDE for Special Education (PK-12)

Dual-Certification Programs

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

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