If you are an educator looking to expand your areas of teaching expertise, the Special Education Certificate of Recognition (COR) is perfect for you. The Special Education COR is an 18-credit program specifically designed for those who already have initial
teaching certifications in such areas as early childhood education, English education, or art education.
In addition to offering this course in a flexible, hybrid format, both in-class and online, IUP also offers two other tracks: the MEd in Special Education with the Special Education certificate, or the MEd in Special Education without certification.
If you currently hold teaching certifications and are seeking additional certification in special education, you will develop a program of study based upon your coursework.
This track (18 hours minimum) is designed for the sole purpose of obtaining a special education certificate, thus excluding the degree in the same field.
Students who enter this program with secondary teacher certification or with teacher certification in an area other than elementary education will be required to complete additional coursework in teaching methods, child development, and any other area
of deficiency noted by graduate program faculty.
Each of the 500-level courses (dual-level offerings) requires field experience, the total of which is designed to approximate the student teaching field experience designated by Pennsylvania Department of Education requirements.
The required courses for this track include the following:
EDEX Graduate Student Handbook
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