Degrees and Requirements

7-12 Special Education Certification

The purpose of the 7-12 Special Education Program is to provide an opportunity to obtain certification in 7-12th grade Special Education.  This program is designed for current La Roche Education majors or Pennsylvania Level 1 or 2 certified teachers in any content area.  For teachers with current PreK-8 Special Education certification, the only additional required course for 7-12 Special Education Certification is EDSP4010: Transition Planning for Secondary Students with Disabilities.  For state certification, students must meet all the competency standards set by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

To successfully complete the Special Education Certificate, the following coursework is required:

  • 34 credits of Required Coursework

Summary of Requirements

Required Courses: 34 Credits

  • EDEL3025
    METHODS OF TEACHING WRITING PREK-4 |

    EDEL3025
    METHODS OF TEACHING WRITING PREK-4 |

    Credits (Min/Max): 2/2

    This course will provide opportunities for you to learn how to teach PreK-4 students to learn to write for a variety of purposes, based on the Pennsylvania academic standards and assessment anchors. You will learn how to use backwards-design to create lessons that focus on student growth areas, and how to assess writing samples to inform further instruction. In this process you will also learn how to improve your own writing so that you can serve as a model for your students. You will be expected to demonstrate model handwriting for printing and cursive.|

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    EDEL2000

  • EDSP2015
    INTRO TO HIGH INCIDENCE DISABILITIES, ACCOMODATIONS, & ADAPTATIONS|

    EDSP2015
    INTRO TO HIGH INCIDENCE DISABILITIES, ACCOMODATIONS, & ADAPTATIONS|

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    This course provides students an opportunity to explore foundations of special education in the United States including: characteristics of each disability category, legislation, over-representation of diverse students, academic and functional needs of students with disabilities, individual learning differences, least restrictive environment, implications for a Standards Aligned System, collaboration and transition. Students will develop an understanding of Accommodations and Adaptations for inclusive environments.|

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  • EDSP2025
    LEARNING ENVIRONMENTS, CLASSROOM& BEHAVIOR MANAGEMENT, ACCOMMODATIONS & ADAPTATIONS|

    EDSP2025
    LEARNING ENVIRONMENTS, CLASSROOM& BEHAVIOR MANAGEMENT, ACCOMMODATIONS & ADAPTATIONS|

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    This course will introduce students to behavior and misbehaviors of students in the school setting, types of misbehavior roles, establish a classroom management plan that will reflect their consideration of students with disabilities, problem solving, conflict resolution, assessing appropriate and problematic behaviors while establishing opportunities for students with diverse backgrounds to interact and share in cooperative learning groups, problem solving to achieve common goals. "Application Models" will be the framework used to demonstrate the approaches used by pioneers as well as 21st century researchers and educators.|

    PREREQUISITES:

    EDSP2015

  • EDSP3010
    LITERACY INSTRUCTION & INTERVENTIONS FOR DIVERSE LEARNERS|

    EDSP3010
    LITERACY INSTRUCTION & INTERVENTIONS FOR DIVERSE LEARNERS|

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    This course provides the foundation for teaching reading according to PA learning standards for students with a broad range of abilities and diverse cultural backgrounds. The course emphasizes research-based instructional approaches and interventions for Middle and Secondary level students including word level instruction, text level comprehension, reading-writing connection, and assessment. A field experience is a required component of this course.|

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  • EDSP3015
    INTRO TO LOW INCIDENCE DISABILITIES, METHODS & PRACTICUM|

    EDSP3015
    INTRO TO LOW INCIDENCE DISABILITIES, METHODS & PRACTICUM|

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    This course is designed to prepare students with the skills necessary to effectively teach individuals with severe disabilities, identify the relationships of organizations to school systems, laws and policies that are related to the implementation of specialized health care in the educational setting, and demonstrate the knowledge and understanding of individuals so as to develop effective instructional plans that will contribute to effective programs.|

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  • EDSP3035
    PREK-8 SPECIAL EDUCATION MENTORING |

    EDSP3035
    PREK-8 SPECIAL EDUCATION MENTORING |

    Credits (Min/Max): 2/2

    The focus of this field experience course is to prepare the perspective student teacher with an authentic encounter of teaching special education prior to their actual placement. The student will participate in a special education classroom for eight (8) - five (5) hour sessions, create a weekly journal, develop meaningful lessons plans, prepare an observational case study, create a summative portfolio, and be responsible for the various forms. The major emphasis of the class will concentrate on providing the student with a realistic experiential comprehension of special education in the school age setting.|

    PREREQUISITES:

    EDSP2015

  • EDSP3040
    EVALUATION & AUTHENTIC ASSESSMENT WITHIN A STANDARDS ALIGNED SYSTEM|

    EDSP3040
    EVALUATION & AUTHENTIC ASSESSMENT WITHIN A STANDARDS ALIGNED SYSTEM|

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    This required course for all education majors will explore the instructional purposes for a variety of assessment strategies, such as: authentic, screening, diagnostic, formative, benchmark, and summative assessments. Future teachers will learn how to interpret assessment data, such as standardized test scores and norms, and will practice how to communicate assessment results to educational stakeholders, while considering legal and ethical issues related to assessment data, such as maintaining confidentiality. Future teachers will also create sample assessments that target academic standards and assessment anchors within subject areas, in order to measure mastery of the curriculum in more than one way.|

    PREREQUISITES:

    EDUC1010

  • EDSP4010
    TRANSITION PLANNING FOR SECONDARY STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES|

    EDSP4010
    TRANSITION PLANNING FOR SECONDARY STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES|

    Credits (Min/Max): 2/2

    The focus of this course is to prepare the 7-12 Special Education Teacher Candidate with an authentic overview of the transition process for secondary students with disabilities through field experience, informational sessions, and interactive online coursework. The course emphasizes evidence-based best practices with a focus on self-determination and self-advocacy to help students plan and prepare for life after high school in the areas of post-secondary education, employment and independent living.|

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  • EDSP4015
    DEVELOPMENT OF THE IEP & INCLUSION IN LEAST RESTRICTIVE ENVIRONMENT|

    EDSP4015
    DEVELOPMENT OF THE IEP & INCLUSION IN LEAST RESTRICTIVE ENVIRONMENT|

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    The focus of this culminating course is to prepare the student teacher with a realistic overview of teaching special education in Pennsylvania. The student will create an IEP, become familiar with Inclusion and collaboration, write reflections based on current issues/trends in special education, participate in discussions, create useful artifacts, discuss significant court cases, and understand Transition. The student will also comprehend the special education continuum of services available to the identified student.|

    PREREQUISITES:

    EDSP2015

  • EDSP4065
    SPECIAL ED STUDENT TEACHING & SEMINAR |

    EDSP4065
    SPECIAL ED STUDENT TEACHING & SEMINAR |

    Credits (Min/Max): 6/6

    The Special Education Student Teaching Course is designed to allow teacher candidates an opportunity to apply skills learned in professional practice, human development, learning environments, instructional strategies, instructional planning, diversity, adaptations and accommodations, collaboration, behavior management, assessment and transition in a PreK-8th grade special education placement. Under the supervision of a school district cooperating teacher(s) and a La Roche College supervisor, the teacher candidate will design, implement and evaluate lessons that appropriately address the IEP goals and meet the PA Academic Standards and Assessment Anchors. Student teachers will demonstrate skills that include, but are not be limited to: differentiated instruction, universal design, collaborative teaching, transition planning and research based data driven instruction to meet the needs of all students. |

    PREREQUISITES:

    EDSP4015

  • MLED2000
    ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNERS IN THEMULTICULTURAL CLASSROOM |

    MLED2000
    ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNERS IN THEMULTICULTURAL CLASSROOM |

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    This course introduces the most important principles and practices for teachers of children with home languages other than English. Students examine the implications of cultural and linguistic variation for English Language learners. We focus on how educators work in the classroom, the school, and the community to support these learners' language development and academic learning.|

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