Teacher Certification in Special Education

Special Education is available as a second major for students who desire special education certification in addition to a content area certification. Recent changes by the Pennsylvania Department of Education require all individuals seeking Special Education Certification to also gain certification in a content area of either: PreK-4, Middle Level, or Secondary Education (math, science, social studies, or English).  

LHUP is committed to providing efficient education programs for students desiring to seek a dual certificate in special education and a chosen content area of study. 

National Recognition        

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The Special Education Program at Lock Haven University has continuously received National Recognition from the Council for Exceptional Children with the most recent recognition occurring in July 2008.  Although the most recent national review included a review of competencies under the old structure for the Special Education Major, the faculty in the Special Education Program are confident that the new structure will continue to satisfy the Council for Exceptional Children. 

Mission:  To set high standards for all exceptional students in the Commonwealth receiving special education services and programs.

Role:  To provide effective and efficient administration and management of the Commonwealth's resources dedicated to enabling school districts to maintain high standards in their delivery of a Free and Appropriate Education to exceptional students.

Function:  To provide effective and efficient planning, administration, monitoring, and training activities which result in an appropriate education aimed at increasing standards for all exceptional students.

 
Earn a Dual Certification in Special Education 

Candidates electing to seek dual certification in Special Education and a content area should make this decision as early as possible in their program of study.  While candidates in each teacher education programs must complete the equivalent of 9 semester hours in special education coursework, the dual certificate candidate will NOT complete the same special education courses as those candidates who elect not to pursue special education certification.  Dual certification candidates are not required to complete SPEC 204—Cognitive Development for Diverse Learners or SPEC 309—Instructional Strategies for Students with Disabilities in Inclusive Classrooms.  The competencies addressed in these two courses will be gained through special education courses required of the major program of study.  Because of the 9 credit hour requirement for all majors, in most cases the dual major will only take 21 additional credits of coursework in special education.

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Lock Haven University offers a program that allows Early Childhood Education Majors to add the Special Education Certification by adding just 9 more credits.  The program is a collaborative effort between the Department of Special Education and the Department of Prek-4/Early Childhood Education.

Coursework includes:

·         General Education Study

·         Professional Education coursework

·         Required Early Childhood coursework

·         Required Special Education coursework

·         2 student teaching placements (one in each area of certification)

Early Childhood majors who wish to add Special Education certification should declare their intentions early in their coursework to benefit from the 130 credit program. 

For the course requirement check sheet, please click here.


Secondary English Certification with a Second Major in Special Education  ncte  

Lock Haven University offers a program that allows Secondary English Education Majors to dual major with Special Education by completing an 20 additional credits.  The program is a collaborative effort between the Department of Special Education and the Enlgish Department.

Coursework includes:

·         General Education Study

·         Professional Education coursework

·         Required English content courses

·         Required Special Education coursework

·         2 student teaching placements (one in each area of certification)

Secondary English majors who wish to add the Special Education major should declare their intentions early to benefit from the 140 credit hour program. 

For the course requirement check sheet, please click here.


Secondary Science Certification with a Second Certification in Special Education  nsta

Lock Haven University offers a program that allows students majoring in Secondary Education Biology, Chemistry, Physics, General Science, or Earth and Space Science to dual major with Special Education. The program is a collaborative effort between the Department of Special Education and the various science departments.  The total number of credits varies for each science and special education combination, but ranges from 146 credits to 152 credits.

Coursework includes:

·         General Education Study

·         Professional Education coursework

·         Required Science content courses

·         Required Special Education coursework

·         2 student teaching placements (one in each area of certification)

Secondary Science majors who wish to add the Special Education major should declare their intentions early to benefit from this dual certification program. 

For course requirements check sheets, please click on the appropriate link below:

Biology Chemistry Physics
General Science Earth and Space Science  
 

Secondary Social Studies Certification with a Second Major in Special Education   ncss

Lock Haven University offers a program that allows Secondary Social Studies Education Majors to dual major with Special Education by completing an additional 23 credits.  The program is a collaborative effort between the Department of Special Education and the History, Political Science, Economics, and Geography Department.

Coursework includes:

·         General Education Study

·         Professional Education coursework

·         Required Social Studies content courses

·         Required Special Education coursework

·         2 student teaching placements (one in each area of certification)

Secondary Social Studies majors who wish to add the Special Education major should declare their intentions early to benefit from the 143 credit hour program. 

For the course requirement check sheet, please click here.


Secondary Mathematics Certification with a Second Major in Special Education    nctm

Lock Haven University offers a program that allows Secondary Mathematics Education Majors to dual major with Special Education by completing an additional 18 credits.  The program is a collaborative effort between the Department of Special Education and the Mathematics Department.

Coursework includes:

·         General Education Study

·         Professional Education coursework

·         Required Mathematics Education content courses

·         Required Special Education coursework

·         2 student teaching placements (one in each area of certification)

Secondary Mathematics majors who wish to add Special Education major should declare their intentions early to benefit from the 138 credit hour program. 

For the course requirement check sheet, please click here.

For more information you may contact the Early Childhood Education Department Chair.

 

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