Certificate - Special Education

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Current educators who want to switch gears and focus on the needs of special education students might consider enrolling in the Special Education Certificate program at Saint Joseph University. Below, you'll find details pertaining to the program.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Kind of Program Is It?

When you become a special education teacher, you'll work primarily with children who deal with physical disabilities, speech impairments, or cognitive disorders. The Saint Joseph's University Special Education Certificate program is designed to provide essential schooling in various emotional, personal, and social disorders as well as training in the areas of assistive and adaptive technology and communication alternatives for non-speaking individuals. It emphasizes program development and curriculum design, while offering guidance on the implementation of mathematics, science, and social studies instructional strategies. You can also learn techniques for keeping students motivated and successfully managing the classroom environment.

What Are the Prerequisites?

Program applicants should be general education classroom professionals who have earned early childhood, secondary, or elementary teaching certifications and want to develop the ability to instruct special education pupils. If you're tolerant, creative, and flexible and enjoy helping students realize their potential, this Saint Joseph's University program could give you the special education training you're seeking. Applicants to Saint Joseph University's programs should have earned at least a bachelor's degree; some programs may have additional requirements.

What Are the Course Requirements?

Your curriculum includes a total of nine Special Education Certificate core courses. You'll find them listed below.

Special Education Certification Curriculum

Course Code Course Name
SPE 600 Current Issues in Special Education: Theoretical Practice and Procedures
SPE 602 Diagnostic Assessment and Progress Monitoring
SPE 603 Theory and Instructional Practice: Students with High Incidence Disabilities
SPE 604 Research-based Models and Procedures: Literacy, Written and Oral Language, and Reading in the Content Areas
SPE 605 Research-based Models and Procedures: Mathematics and Science Procedures
SPE 606 Theory and Instructional Practice: Students with Emotional / Social and Behavioral Disorders
SPE 607 Theory and Instructional Practice: Students with Low Incidence Disabilities
SPE 608 Families, Schools, and Communities: Communication and Collaboration
SPE 612 Inclusive Classroom Practices

What Could I Do After I Graduate?

Career Opportunities

Upon graduation, you'll want to consider the available employment options within the realm of special education. Your training and experience could give you the determination to pursue the following career paths:

  • Preschool Special Education Teacher
  • Elementary Education Special Education Teacher
  • Secondary Education Special Education Teacher

Advanced Degrees

Perhaps your future goals include becoming a college professor and teaching others to teach special education. In that case, you'll want to prepare by enrolling in a doctoral program such as the:

  • Ph.D. in Special Education