Special Education Certification
Graduate Studies

Immaculata’s graduate-level PK-12 special education certification prepares teachers to serve others through their work in the education profession, fostering positive, inclusive learning environments for all students.

The 24 credits of coursework and six credits of student teaching will help you think critically about special education and use best practices effectively in your classroom. You will learn to identify effective instructional strategies and materials to meet the needs of diverse learners in general and special education classrooms. As a leader, you will collaborate with colleagues and families in developing students’ specially designed instruction and completion of Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) to meet students’ needs.

This stand-alone certificate program integrates an analysis of research into all courses so that you will be well-versed in using research to make curricular and instructional decisions based on students’ academic, social, emotional and behavioral needs. This program will prepare you to identify individual and school-wide needs, lead instructional accommodations and modifications in both general education and special education classrooms, as well as design instruction for students who need special education. You will gain an in-depth understanding of how to lead other educators with integrity and ethical behavior in planning for students’ educational programs.

This certificate does not require certification in an additional content area. After successful completion of this program, you will be eligible to take the PECT examination for certification as a special education teacher for students in pre-kindergarten to 12th grade or up to 21 years of age. This program aligns with the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s requirements in the field.

You may take courses to earn your Master of Arts in educational leadership while completing the coursework for this certification.

Program Availability

This program is available in a hybrid format, with some courses offered fully online and others a combination of face-to-face and online


  • EDL 644 Language Arts Methods
  • EDL 6XX Language Arts Methods, 5-12
  • EDL 614 Instructional Needs of English Language Learners
  • EDL 629 Introduction to Special Education
  • EDL 640 Instructional Accommodations
  • EDL 651 Procedures/Process in Special Education
  • EDL 652 High Incidence Disabilities
  • EDL 653 Low Incidence Disabilities
  • EDL 592 Student Teaching (6 credits)


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