Saint Joseph's University

Special Education Certification

The Special Education Certification program is designed to provide participants with an understanding of proven methods for developing inclusive and appropriate curricula for special needs students. Continue reading for more information about this instructional certificate from Saint Joseph's University.

Official Program Name:

Special Education Certification

School Offering Program:

Saint Joseph's University

Degree Level:


Program Prerequisites:

This program is designed for instructional professionals who have earned at least a Level 1 Early Childhood and/or Elementary Education and/or Secondary Education teaching certification.

Program Description:

Individuals enrolled in the Special Education Certification program have the opportunity to learn how to evaluate exceptional needs students who may have mild, moderate, or severe disabilities. In addition, participants will have the chance to learn specialized methods for teaching and testing exceptional needs students. The program is also intended to teach participants about recent technological advances in special and general education, including computer software programs and assistive technologies. Other topics to be covered include literacy instruction, cultural diversity in education, parent-teacher collaboration, and classroom management strategies. Courses are also designed to cover topics in teaching ethics as well as special education laws and resources.

Learning Format:


Total Credits Required:

27 credits

Financial Aid:

Financial assistance may be available in the form of student loans or grants. Active military, reservists and spouses of these military personnel may be eligible for tuition discounts for online degrees and graduate level certificate programs. Contact Saint Joseph's University to learn more.

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Required Courses for a Special Education Certificate:

Program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Saint Joseph's University to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

  • SPE 600: Current Issues in Special Education: Theoretical Practice and Procedures (3 credits)
  • SPE 608: Families, Schools, and Communities: Communication and Collaboration (3 credits)
  • SPE 602: Diagnostic Assessment and Progress Monitoring (3 credits)
  • SPE 603: Theory and Instructional Practice: Students with High Incidence Disabilities (3 credits)
  • SPE 604: Research-based Models and Procedures: Literacy, Written and Oral Language, and Reading in the Content Areas (3 credits)
  • SPE 605: Research-based Models and Procedures: Mathematics and Science Procedures
  • SPE 612: Inclusive Classroom Practices (3 credits)
  • SPE 606: Theory and Instructional Practice: Students with Emotional/Social and Behavioral Disorders (3 credits)
  • SPE 607: Theory and Instructional Practice: Students with Low Incidence Disabilities (3 credits)

Post-Graduation Opportunities:

Furthering Your Education:

Those who earn a Special Education Certification may decide they'd like to continue their training and enroll in an advanced degree program. By completing an additional 9-10 credits, individuals who have completed this program could obtain Saint Joseph's University's Master of Science in Special Education or Master of Science in Special Education with a specialization in either Autism Spectrum Disorder and/or Wilson Reading System®.

Career Paths:

Upon completion of this Saint Joseph's University's certification program, individuals could be able to pursue positions with public or private schools in primary or secondary educational settings. Opportunities could also be sought with children's advocacy agencies or community organizations.

For those who possess a Special Education Certification, jobs could be sought as:

  • Special education teachers
  • Instructional program coordinators
  • Classroom behavioral specialists

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