University of Pittsburgh School of Education

Special Education Pre-K - 8 Teacher Certificate

Special Education Teacher Preparation - Special Education Pre-K - 8 Teacher Certificate

The Special Education Teacher Preparation PreK-8 (SETP PreK-8) specialization is a post baccalaureate program with two paths for completion. One option combines special education teacher certification with a Master of Education (MEd) degree. The other option is for special education teacher certification only.

Students pursuing a Special Education PreK-8 certification-only track are required to complete a minimum of 30 credits beyond the prerequisite course work. Students will develop advanced knowledge in the fields of learning theory and child development to enhance their teaching practice.

Most students complete the certification program in three semesters. Students begin with two courses in the summer session and then complete two semester of full-time study in the fall and spring semesters. Each year a new cohort of students begins the program together starting in the summer. With the exception of the first summer term, special education courses are offered in the evening.

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 eight 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.

Admission follows successful completion of an initial teacher certification program (Elementary, PreK-4, Grades 4-8, Reading Specialist), an undergraduate degree, and selected prerequisite courses. Students enter the Special Education Pre-K-8 specialization on a full-time basis.

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

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University of Pittsburgh
School of Education
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