Post Baccalaureate Certificate, SPED

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The Post Baccalaureate Certificate in Special Education is a statewide, two-year, field-based program designed for those pursuing careers in teaching who have already earned a bachelor or master degree (in any field).

This program has two specialization options and three licensure level options:

Two specialization options:

  1. The mild/moderate disabilities specialization prepares candidates to work with the largest population of students with disabilities. These students have learning disabilities, ADHD, or other high incidence disabilities. They typically follow an academic curriculum in the general education setting or special education resource setting.
  2. The severe disabilities/autism specialization prepares candidates to work with individuals with disabilities who need support learning functional academic and life skills (communication, social competence, and adaptive behavior). This emphasis focuses on improving the quality of life for students who may require more comprehensive support. This includes students with low-incidence disabilities (e.g. intellectual disability, Autism Spectrum Disorder, multiple impairments) and may be taught in a fully self-contained classroom setting. In addition, this specialization includes 12 credits of overlapping ABA coursework for those interested in pursuing the MEd in Special Education with the BCBA-Track afterwards.

Three licensure level options:

  1. Early Childhood (PreK – Grade 3)
  2. Elementary (Grade K – Grade 6)
  3. Secondary (Middle and High School)

Prerequisites* (4 credits)

  1. Candidates will need to demonstrate basic introductory knowledge within their chosen program specialization.
    • Candidates will need to enroll and pass one of the following courses based on their chosen specialization, which is offered the summer prior to beginning the program:
      • SPED 304 (mild/moderate, 3 credits)
      • SPED 412 (severe/autism, 3 credits)
  2. All admitted candidates will need to enroll in SPED 501, which is a 1 credit program orientation. Information on how to register is provided after being accepted into the program.

*The DOE stipend and other funding do not apply to prerequisite requirements. Therefore, candidates must pay for these credits using their own funds. Please plan and save accordingly.

Course Listing

Required (30 credits, includes 4 credits of SPED 526 and 8 credits of SPED 528) Mild/Moderate Disabilities Course Sequence

SPED 611 Methods and Strategies-MM (3 credits)

SPED 603 Principles of Behavior (3 credits)

SPED 526 Field Experience SPED-PCert (2 credits)

SPED 613 Adv Assmt & Curriculum Devlpmt (3 credits)

SPED 621 Lang Arts Strat-St w/M/M Disab (3 credits)

SPED 620 Strategies Across Content Area (3 credits)

SPED 601 Tech for Diverse Learners (3 credits)

SPED 528 Intrnshp-SPED Post Bac Progrms (V credits)

Required (30 credits, includes 4 credits of SPED 526 and 8 credits of SPED 528) Severe Disabilities/Autism Course Sequence

SPED 462 Assmt, Plng, & Instr-S/A (3 credits)

SPED 603 Principles of Behavior (3 credits)

SPED 526 Field Experience SPED-PCert (2 credits)

SPED 614 Assmt & Inst, Sev Dis & Autism (3 credits)

SPED 618 Adapt/Sp Proc-Stdnts Sev/Aut (3 credits)

SPED 630 Pos Beh Sup-Sev Dis & Autism (3 credits)

SPED 632 Lang/Com Interv-Com Dis/Autism (3 credits)

SPED 528 Intrnshp-SPED Post Bac Progrms (V credits)

Required elective (3 credits, select one of the following)

SPED 635 Proc for Early Chldhd SPED (3 credits)

SPED 652 Transition/Supported Employmnt (3 credits)