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

  • GPA
  • Pass ES Pearson Spec Ed PK-8 Module 1 (8011) and Spec Ed PK-8 Module 2 (8012) (www.pa.nesinc.com)
SPE 600/600FFound & Current Issues: Sp Edu3
SPE 602/602FDiagnosticAsses/ProgressMon3
SPE 603/603FThry&InstrPracticeStdntHighInc3
SPE 604/604FRsrchBsedModel:Lit,WritOrlLang3
SPE 605/605FRsrchBasedModel:MathSciencePro3
SPE 606ThryInstrPract:Emot/Soc/Behav3
SPE 607/607FThryInstrPractStdntsw/LowIncid3
SPE 608/608FFamiliesSchls&Cmnty:CommCollab3
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 – Online10
SPE 710WRP: Intro Multisens Lang Inst1
SPE 711WRP: Int Instr- NonRepsRdr 1-33
SPE 712WRP: Int Instr- NonRepsRdr 4-63
SPE 713WRP: Int Instr- NonRepsRdrPrac3