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This program will be a 36 credit M.Ed. On-line Program that emphasizes teaching children with disabilities in grades 7-12 in school environments. The program will be offered to students that already have an Instructional I or II Certification in Special Education or a secondary content area such as English, math, science(s), or social studies from Pennsylvania or other states. The program has been developed to specifically meet all of the new PDE teacher competencies found within the Chapter 49 guidelines. This M.Ed. Program is a specialized degree that will allow professionals to obtain duel certification in special education and one of the other areas mentioned above. Students will be required to identify a certified Special Education Teacher to act as their mentor throughout the program. The program mentor will help to supervise and facilitate the various field experiences (20 hours) required in each of the courses in the program. All courses in the program meet or exceed standards and competencies established by the Pennsylvania Department of Education for special education certification
Students must apply for the Practicum class and must have fewer that 3 courses left in the program to enroll in SPED 648. Students may choose to complete a thesis option (SPED 800) in place of Practicum SPED 648. Only if they have an existing SPED certification.