Program Highlights & Benefits
Blended format or 100% online
2 year completion time, including holiday breaks
Finish one course every eight weeks
No weekend classes
This program is designed for those with prior teaching certification in Pennsylvania seeking an additional certificate in Special Education PK–8 or in Special Education 7–12.
What You Learn
The hallmark of students who complete a program of studies in the School of Education at Holy Family University is a love of learning, a passion that manifests itself in two ways. The first is a drive for both personal and professional growth, resulting in the mastery of content to be taught and the pedagogical skills needed to create effective classrooms. The second is an affirmation of the dignity of each human person. Students take the initiative to learn about others and the diverse viewpoints they contribute to society. Their passion for learning is rooted in their deep respect for students, parents, and colleagues; a respect that prompts them to provide the kind of instruction that will maximize student achievement and challenge themselves and others to think deeply about their experiences and their learning. As a consequence, our graduates lead by example and model for their students and colleagues the intellectual and moral rigor that characterizes the very best of educators.
How You Learn
This program is offered in two different formats. There is a blended option or an online option. You will select the option that you prefer.
Blended Option: This is a blended cohort. For three nights out of each 8-week course, a face-to-face class session will be held from 4:45 to 8:45 p.m., the same night of the week for the entire program. These class meetings will be supplemented by additional online activities which may include assignments, webinars or chats, materials, discussion threads, assessments and/or group activities completed electronically outside of class. You will finish one course every 8 weeks. Following this schedule, you will complete the program in approximately 2 years.
Online Option: This is a fully online cohort. There is, however, a 6 credit field experience (100 hours required for certification). The Pennsylvania Department of Education requires the PDE 430 form for special education certification candidates. Face-to-face class meetings are not required. You will log into the online classroom using our online learning management system to participate in online activities which may include assignments, webinars or chats, materials, discussion threads, assessments and/or group activities completed electronically. You will finish one course every 8 weeks. Following this schedule, you will complete the program in approximately 2 years.
Upon completion of this program students will have earned a Master of Education degree and will be eligible for PA Special Education certification in the state of Pennsylvania for grades PK-8 or grades 7-12. Students must pass the PRAXIS exam to earn Special Education certification.
Master of Education with Special Education Certification (PK-8 or 7-12)
|EDUC 578||Legal, Social & Political Issues in School/Community||3|
|EDSP 574*||Special Education Systems||3|
|EDUC 505||Research and Evaluation in Education||3|
|EDSP 575*||Including Students with Significant Support Needs||3|
|EDUC 527||Process & Pedagogy of Communication||3|
|EDSP 577*||Instructional Design in Special Education||3|
|EDSP 578*||Positive Management Strategies in Special Education||3|
|EDSP 579*||Enhancing Communication & Literacy through Technology||3|
|EDSP 610||Instructional Management ASD Learner||3|
|EDSP 565||Special Education Seminar: Research and Issues||3|
|EDSP 566*||Advanced Practicum in Special Education||1|
|Total Credit Hours:||31|
This is only an introduction to the program. Coursework may be taken in a different order.
Courses denoted with a asterisk (*) make up the Special Education Certification only.
AADL (Adaptations and Accommodations for Diverse Learners: 3+1) competency equivalencies (EDSP 571 Foundations in Inclusive Education, EDSP 572 Assessment in Inclusive Education , EDSP 573 Effective Instruction in Inclusive Education, and EDUC 556 Addressing the Needs of English Language Learners or equivalent) are prerequiste for this certification.This requirement will affect applicants who hold teaching certificates issued prior to the AADL changes.