Special Education: 7-12 Certification
Learning Goals and Objectives
Goal 1: Students will demonstrate knowledge of adolescent learner development and curricular content
Objective 1.1: The student will be able to identify individual differences and to respond to the needs of individuals with exceptionalities.
Objective 1.2: The student will be able to use general and specialized content knowledge for teaching across curricular content areas to individualize learning for individuals with exceptionalities.
Goal 2: Students will demonstrate the ability to create positive grade 7-12 learning environments
Objective 2.1: The student will demonstrate the ability to use motivational and instructional interventions to teach individuals with exceptionalities how to adapt to different environments.
Objective 2.2: The student will demonstrate an understanding of ways to collaborate with general educators and other colleagues to create safe, inclusive, culturally responsive learning environments to engage individuals with exceptionalities in meaningful learning activities and social interactions.
Goal 3: Students will demonstrate the use of assessment for diagnosis and progress monitoring
Objective 3.1: The student will be able to select and use technically sound formal and informal assessments that minimize bias.
Objective 3.2: The student will assess performance and provide feedback.
Goal 4: Students will demonstrate knowledge to use research-based instructional planning and strategies
Objective 4.1: The student will be able to identify an individual’s abilities, interests, learning environments, and cultural and linguistic factors in the selection, development, and adaptation of learning experiences for individuals with exceptionalities.
Objective 4.2: The student will be able to use strategies and technology to enhance language development and communication skills of individuals with exceptionalities.
Goal 5: Students will demonstrate knowledge of professional ethical practice
Objective 5.1: The student will demonstrate an understanding that diversity is a part of families, cultures, and schools, and that complex human issues can interact with the delivery of special education services.
Objective 5.2: The student will demonstrated the ability to develop a variety of education and transition plans for individual with exceptionalities across a wide range of settings and different learning experiences in collaboration with individuals, families and teams.
Students applying for Special Education certification must have a valid Pennsylvania Instructional I Teaching Certification. In the event that Pennsylvania Instructional I has not yet been acquired, the student must be in the process of obtaining it. A Master’s degree in Special Education is available with 3 additional courses (electives); the various suggested tracks are listed below.
Certification Requirements PK-8 or 7-12
- Pass ES Pearson Spec Ed PK-8 Module 1 (8011) and Spec Ed PK-8 Module 2 (8012) (www.pa.nesinc.com)
|SPE 600/600F||Found & Current Issues: Sp Edu||3|
|Select one of the following:|
|Incl Prac/Stud Teach PK-8|
|Incl Prac/Stud Teach 7-12|
|Special Education Elective Tracks|
|Wilson Reading Program Certification – Online||10|
|SPE 710||WRP: Intro Multisens Lang Inst||1|
|SPE 711||WRP: Int Instr- NonRepsRdr 1-3||3|
|SPE 712||WRP: Int Instr- NonRepsRdr 4-6||3|
|SPE 713||WRP: Int Instr- NonRepsRdrPrac||3|