Special Education (7-12 and Pre K-8) Graduate

Learning Goals and Outcomes

Initial Preparation Standard 1: Learner Development and Individual Learning Differences

1.0 Beginning special education professionals understand how exceptionalities may interact with development and learning and use this knowledge to provide meaningful and challenging learning experiences for individuals with exceptionalities.

Key Elements

1.1 Beginning special education professionals understand how language, culture, and family background influence the learning of individuals with exceptionalities.

1.2 Beginning special education professionals use understanding of development and individual differences to respond to the needs of individuals with exceptionalities.

Initial Preparation Standard 2: Learning Environments

2.0 Beginning special education professionals create safe, inclusive, culturally responsive learning environments so that individuals with exceptionalities become active and effective learners and develop emotional well being, positive social interactions, and self-determination.

Key Elements

2.1 Beginning special education professionals, through collaboration with general educators and other colleagues, create safe, inclusive, culturally responsive learning environments to engage individuals with exceptionalities in meaningful learning activities and social interactions.

2.2 Beginning special education professionals use motivational and instructional interventions to teach individuals with exceptionalities how to adapt to different environments.

2.3 Beginning special education professionals know how to intervene safely and appropriately with individuals with exceptionalities in crisis.

Initial Preparation Standard 3: Curricular Content Knowledge

3.0 Beginning special education professionals use knowledge of general and specialized curricula to individualize learning for individuals with exceptionalities.

Key Elements

3.1 Beginning special education professionals understand the central concepts, structures of the discipline, and tools of inquiry of the content areas they teach, and can organize this knowledge, integrate cross-disciplinary skills, and develop meaningful learning progressions for individuals with exceptionalities.

3.2 Beginning special education professionals understand and use general and specialized content knowledge for teaching across curricular content areas to individualize learning for individuals with exceptionalities.

3.3 Beginning special education professionals modify general and specialized curricula to make them accessible to individuals with exceptionalities.

Initial Preparation Standard 4: Assessment

4.0 Beginning special education professionals use multiple methods of assessment and data sources in making educational decisions

Key Elements

4.1 Beginning special education professionals select and use technically sound formal and informal assessments that minimize bias.

4.2 Beginning special education professionals use knowledge of measurement principles and practices to interpret assessment results and guide educational decisions for individuals with exceptionalities.

4.3 Beginning special education professionals, in collaboration with colleagues and families, use multiple types of assessment information in making decisions about individuals with exceptionalities.

4.4 Beginning special education professionals engage individuals with exceptionalities to work toward quality learning and performance and provide feedback to guide them.

Initial Preparation Standard 5: Instructional Planning and Strategies

Key Elements

5.1 Beginning special education professionals consider individual abilities, interests, learning environments, and cultural and linguistic factors in the selection, development, and adaptation of learning experiences for individuals with exceptionalities.

5.2 Beginning special education professionals use technologies to support instructional assessment, planning, and delivery for individuals with exceptionalities.

5.3 Beginning special education professionals are familiar with augmentative and alternative communication systems and a variety of assistive technologies to support the communication and learning of individuals with exceptionalities.

5.4 Beginning special education professionals use strategies to enhance language development and communication skills of individuals with exceptionalities.

5.5 Beginning special education professionals develop and implement a variety of education and transition plans for individuals with exceptionalities across a wide range of settings and different learning experiences in collaboration with individuals, families, and teams.

5.6 Beginning special education professionals teach to mastery and promote generalization of learning.

5.7 Beginning special education professionals teach cross-disciplinary knowledge and skills such as critical thinking and problem solving to individuals with exceptionalities.

Initial Preparation Standard 6: Professional Learning and Ethical Practice

6.0 Beginning special education professionals use foundational knowledge of the field and their professional ethical principles and practice standards to inform special education practice, to engage in lifelong learning, and to advance the profession.

Key Elements

6.1 Beginning special education professionals use professional ethical principles and professional practice standards to guide their practice.

6.2 Beginning special education professionals understand how foundational knowledge and current issues influence professional practice.

6.3 Beginning special education professionals understand that diversity is a part of families, cultures, and schools, and that complex human issues can interact with the delivery of special education services.

6.4 Beginning special education professionals understand the significance of lifelong learning and participate in professional activities and learning communities.

6.5 Beginning special education professionals advance the profession by engaging in activities such as advocacy and mentoring.

6.6 Beginning special education professionals provide guidance and direction to paraeducators, tutors, and volunteers.

Initial Preparation Standard 7: Collaboration

7.0 Beginning special education professionals collaborate with families, other educators, related service providers, individuals with exceptionalities, and personnel from community agencies in culturally responsive ways to address the needs of individuals with exceptionalities across a range of learning experiences.

Key Elements

7.1 Beginning special education professionals use the theory and elements of effective collaboration.

7.2 Beginning special education professionals serve as a collaborative resource to colleagues.

7.3 Beginning special education professionals use collaboration to promote the well being of individuals with exceptionalities across a wide range of settings and collaborators.

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