Special Education: PK-8 Certification

Learning Goals and Objectives

Goal 1: Students will demonstrate knowledge of PK-8 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 PK-8 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.

Endorsement Goals and Objectives

Autism Spectrum Disorders Endorsement

Goal 1:  Students will demonstrate knowledge of the characteristics and etiology of ASD

Objective 1.1:  The student will describe the defining characteristics of and diagnostic criteria for the various Autism Spectrum Disorders and other associated disorders, including common manifestations within communication and verbal behavior, social skills and social adaptation, repetitive and stereotypical behaviors, and patterns of responses to various sensory stimuli.

Objective 1.2:  The student will identify and describe various diagnostic instruments and procedures, including their strengths and limitations.

Goal 2:  Students will demonstrate an understanding of the use of assessment for instructional planning

Objective 2.1:  The student will plan, structure, and conduct assessment for students with ASD.

Objective 2.2:  The student will identify and demonstrate acceptable accommodations and   appropriate adaptations to state- and district-wide assessments for students with ASD.

Goal 3:  Students will demonstrate the ability to plan instructional interventions and methods across settings and grade levels.

Objective 3.1:  The student will describe, interpret, utilize, and evaluate instructional strategies based on the principles of applied behavior analysis.

Objective 3.2:  The student will demonstrated the ability to organize classroom teams to provide effective intervention and instruction by developing and managing a daily schedule for students and multiple staff that specifies appropriate levels.

Goal 4:  Students will demonstrate the skills necessary to effectively collaborate with families, agencies, and the community

Objective 4.1:  The student will demonstrate the ability to facilitate family and school collaboration by demonstrating sensitivity to the range of the impact that ASD may have on the family system.

Objective 4.2:  The student will identify various agencies and community systems that support students with ASD in home, community, and work settings

Education of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing:

Goal 1:   The student will demonstrate knowledge of learners who are deaf and hard of hearing.

Objective 1.1:  The student will describe the range of programming for a classroom with students who are deaf and hard of hearing.

Objective 1.2:  The student will analyze case studies of communication modes for deaf and hard of hearing learners.

Goal 2:  The student will demonstrate an understanding of learners who have hearing losses from mild to profound.

Objective 2.1:  The student will define the classifications of hearing loss.

Objective 2.2:  The student will describe the characteristics of learners in a classroom where a variety of hearing losses and methods of communication occur.

Goal 3:  The student will demonstrate knowledge of appropriate practices encountered in the education of deaf and hard of hearing learners.

Objective 3.1:  The student will define the eight areas of concern of the Pennsylvania Agenda for Students who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing.

Objective 3.2:  The student will evaluate educational placement options for deaf and hard of hearing students.

Goal 4:  The student will demonstrate knowledge of current trends used in the education of deaf and hard of hearing learners.

Objective 4.1:  The student will implement and reflect upon pedagogical strategies used with learners who are deaf and hard of hearing.

Objective 4.2:  The student will identify strategies to support specially designed instruction across educational environments.

Goal 5:  The student will demonstrate an understanding of the social, ethical, legal, and human issues that impact programs for deaf and hard of hearing learners

Objective 5.1:  The student will create learning experiences for deaf and hard of hearing learners.

Objective 5.2:  The student will analyze case studies to determine specially designed instruction and accommodations for learners who are deaf and hard of hearing.

Wilson Reading Program Certification

Objective 1.1: Demonstrate mastered lesson plan procedure through Step 4.2 (documented by Wilson Trainer).

Objective 1.2: Demonstrate understanding of language concepts through accurate teaching with multisensory procedures through Step 4.2 (documented by Wilson Trainer).

Objective 1.3: Demonstrate student success and mastery of decoding/encoding skills through Step 4.2 (documented by Wilson Trainer).

Objective 2.1: Based on readings and course content, understand the research base for multisensory structured language teaching.

Objective 2.2:  Based on readings and course content, understand the necessary principles of instruction used to teach students with a language-based learning disability.

Objective 2.3:  Based on knowledge of the Wilson Reading System, demonstrate an understanding of the content and methods of teaching Steps 1-3 of the Wilson Reading System.

Objective  2.4: Based on knowledge of research based reading programs, utilize multisensory strategies to teach sight words, vocabulary, and comprehension

Objective 3.1: Based on an understanding of the nature and causes of dyslexia, be able to critically analyze and synthesize readings on dyslexia.

Objective 3.2: Based on readings and course content, understand the nature and causes of dysgraphia.

Objective 3.3: Based on readings and course content, understand the research base for multisensory structured language teaching.

Objective 3.4: Based on readings and course content, understand the necessary principles of instruction used to teach students with a language-based learning disability

Objective 3.5: Based on knowledge of the Wilson Reading System, demonstrate an understanding of the content and methods of teaching Steps 4-6 of the Wilson Reading System.

Objective 3.6: Based on knowledge of the Wilson Reading System, demonstrate how to incorporate non-controlled text reading within the Wilson Reading System Lesson Plan.

Objective 4.1: Based on knowledge of the Wilson Reading System Lesson Plan procedures, demonstrate mastery in the teaching of decoding, encoding, fluency, comprehension, and vocabulary.

Objective 4.2: Based on knowledge of the Wilson Reading System, demonstrate diagnostic skill assessment and planning for a student with reading challenges.

Objective 4.3: Demonstrate an understanding of the language concepts through accurate teaching with multisensory procedures

Objective 4.4: Demonstrate student success and mastery of decoding and encoding skills

Objective 4.5: Demonstrate understanding of and ability to implement progress monitoring 

Prerequisites

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
Autism Spectrum Disorders Endorsement
SPE 720
720F
Intro ASD: Caus Diag & Advoc
and FE Intro to ASD
3
SPE 721
721F
Aug & Alt Com & Soc Stratg
and FE Aug & Alt Com & Soc Stratg
3
SPE 722
722F
Evid Based Prac: AI&I Method
and FE Evid Based Prac AI&I Method
3
SPE 723
723F
Autism: Behv Manag Approaches
and FE Aut: Behv Manag Approaches
3
Education of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
SPE 730
730F
Ed Found - Deaf & Hard of Hear
and FE Foundations-Deaf Hard of He
3
SPE 731
731F
Lang, Lit & Comm Dev-Deaf & HH
and FE Lang/Lit/Comm For DHH
3
SPE 732
732F
Curr, Inst & Lrn Env-Deaf & HH
and FE Curric/Instruct/ DHH
3
SPE 733
733F
List & Spk Skills - Deaf & HH
and FE Listen/Speak Skills DHH
3
Wilson Reading Program Certification
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