University of Pittsburgh School of Education

MEd with Special Education 7-12 Teacher Cert

Special Education Teacher Preparation - Master of Education (MEd) with Special Education 7-12 Certificate

The Special Education Teacher Preparation 7-12 (SETP 7-12) specialization is a post baccalaureate program and combines special education teacher certification with a Master of Education (MEd) degree.

Students pursuing a Master of Education degree (MEd) specializing in Special Education 7-12 are required to complete a minimum of 37 credits beyond the prerequisite course work. MEd students will develop advanced knowledge in the fields of educational research, learning theory, and child development to enhance their teaching practice.

Most MEd candidates complete the program in twelve months of full-time study. Each year a new cohort of students begins the program together starting in the summer and finishing in early June of the following summer. With the exception of the first summer term, special education courses are offered in the evening. A few of the MEd required courses are also available in an online format.

During the fall term students are required to spend one day per week in each school to which they are assigned for student teaching in preparation for student teaching in the spring. Students complete two different full-time student teaching experiences in the spring, each of seven weeks duration. During the student teaching experiences, teacher candidates are closely supervised by both a university supervisor and an experienced mentor teacher. The School of Education Office of Placement Services and Clinical Practices will arrange field placements for students.

The MEd program requires students to successfully complete the Special Education Comprehensive Exam. The Comprehensive Exam is a proctored, three-hour written exam based on the student’s area of concentration and is completed near the end of their MEd degree program.

Admission follows successful completion of an initial teacher certification program (grades 7-12 content area or Reading Specialist), an undergraduate degree, and selected prerequisite courses.

Special Education Teacher Certification Checklist - printable document which includes general information, prerequisites, curriculum, and degree requirements.

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Pittsburgh, PA 15260
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