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Candidates can now earn a stand-alone special education certification. This can be achieved through a post-bacc special education certification program or within a Master of Science in Instructional Leadership. The graduate special education program provides learning opportunities for classroom teachers to better manage resources for students with disabilities in grades PK-12.

Graduate candidates enrolled in the program receive one-on-one advising, attend small classes, collaborate with practitioners and administrators in local school districts, and develop close relationships with faculty who have diverse experiences in K-12 schools. Degree candidates are engaged in innovative programs, partnerships within the school communities, and student organizations and volunteer opportunities. 

The initial teacher preparation and advanced educator programs in the School of Nursing, Education, and Human Studies have been accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).

CAEP

Contact Information

Susan W. Parker, Ph.D.
Department Head, Education
parkers@rmu.edu
412-397-6245

Course Plan: MSIL w/ Teacher Certification in PK-12 Special Education

Professional Knowledge (27 cr.) 

Master of Science Courses (12 cr.)

Major Content Knowledge  (57cr.) 

  • CSEN1010 Reading & Writing Strategies
  • CSEN1020 Argument & Research
  • MATH1050 Math Reasoning with Applications
  • MATH2010 Fundamentals of Math
  • PSYC3535 Child Development
  • PSYC3530 Adolescent Psychology/Development
  • SPED3100 Disability Studies
  • ECED2140 Reading Difficulties & Diagnosis OR RDSP6720 Assessment/Intervention Early Literacy OR RDSP6730 Assess/Intervention Adolescent Literacy
  • ECED2130 Numeracy
  • SPED3030 Positive Behavior Supports PK-12 OR SPED6060 Advanced Studies in Behavior
  • SPED3045/SPED6045 Transitions
  • SPED3055/SPED6055 Introduction to Autism
  • SPED3060 Teaching Students with LI Disabilities  OR SPED6050 Low Incidence Disabilities: IM&P
  • SPED3070 Language, Communication, & AT OR SPED6070 Communication & Special Education: IM&P
  • SPED4000 IEPs and the Law OR SPED6090 Assess & Evaluation of Individual Instruct
  • SPED4030 Advanced Content Area Instruct Interv  OR SPED6035 Adv Content Area Interv
  • SPED4020 Reading & Special Education OR SPED6020 Reading & Special Education
  • SPED3110 Early Intervention
  • RDSP6010 Structured Literacy

Professional Semester (12 Credits) – Must Take at RMU

  • SPED6500 Student Teaching Seminar (3 cr.)
  • SPED6061 Pre-Student Teaching Special Ed (3 cr.)
  • SPED6200 Student Teaching Special Education (6 cr.)
Course Plan: Post-Bacc Teacher Certification in PK-12 Special Education

Professional Knowledge (27 cr.) 

Major Content Knowledge  (57cr.) 

  • CSEN1010 Reading & Writing Strategies
  • CSEN1020 Argument & Research
  • MATH1050 Math Reasoning with Applications
  • MATH2010 Fundamentals of Math
  • PSYC3535 Child Development
  • PSYC3530 Adolescent Psychology/Development
  • SPED3100 Disability Studies
  • ECED2140 Reading Difficulties & Diagnosis OR RDSP6720 Assessment/Intervention Early Literacy OR RDSP6730 Assess/Intervention Adolescent Literacy
  • ECED2130 Numeracy
  • SPED3030 Positive Behavior Supports PK-12 OR SPED6060 Advanced Studies in Behavior
  • SPED3045/SPED6045 Transitions
  • SPED3055/SPED6055 Introduction to Autism
  • SPED3060 Teaching Students with LI Disabilities OR SPED6050 Low Incidence Disabilities: IM&P
  • SPED3070 Language, Communication, & AT OR SPED6070 Communication & Special Education: IM&P
  • SPED4000 IEPs and the Law OR SPED6090 Assess & Evaluation of Individual Instruct
  • SPED4030 Advanced Content Area Instruct Interv  OR SPED6035 Adv Content Area Interv
  • SPED4020 Reading & Special Education OR SPED6020 Reading & Special Education
  • SPED3110 Early Intervention
  • RDSP6010 Structured Literacy

Professional Semester (12 Credits) – Must Take at RMU

  • SPED6500 Student Teaching Seminar (3 cr.)
  • SPED6061 Pre-Student Teaching Special Ed (3 cr.)
  • SPED6200 Student Teaching Special Education (6 cr.)

Sample Courses:

These are some of the classes for students in this academic program:

Advanced Studies in Behavior
Instructional Methods & Practices
Special Learning Needs