Online Special Education Certification

Through PA State Special Education Certification, maximize your capacity to work with students with special needs and significantly impact their lives. Candidates who meet additional requirements by the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) are also eligible to apply for ACSI Certification in Special Education.

This 33-credit, fully online, biblically integrated program equips educators with expert knowledge and best practices to competently engage students with special needs in enriched and meaningful skill development and growth in all areas of life. Professionals with special education certification are in high demand in both inclusive and more restrictive classrooms. This program is designed for individuals already holding or pursuing teaching certification. This can be a stand-alone program or a part of the MS in Special Education degree in Instruction.

Program Strengths

  • Program can be started in any semester and completed in as few as 6 semesters.
  • 50% tuition discount for educators working in Christian schools.
  • Field experience integrated into multiple courses.
  • Option to complete practicums and preservice teaching in school chosen by student in his or her local region (with University approval)

For more information about the online Special Education Certification, contact Luke Gibson, Admissions Counselor, at lgibson@cairn.edu.

Program Curriculum

Semester Course
Fall #1

SPE 661 Foundations of Special Education
SPE 763 Teaching Children with Higher Incidence Disabilities

Spring #2

SPE 764 Teaching Children with Lower Incidence Disabilities
SPE 761 Inclusionary Practices*

Summer #2

SPE 791 Delivery Systems in Least Restrictive Environment (1-credit Practicum)
SPE 792 Delivery Systems in More Restrictive Environment (2-credit Practicum)
SPE 714 Diagnosis & Evaluation of Exceptional Learner

 Fall #2

SPE 762 Developmental and Diagnostic Reading Interventions
Special Education Elective**

Spring #3

Special Education Elective**

Summer #3

EDU 781 Teaching Practicum (6 credits; 4-week Preservice Teaching)

*Or select SPE 664 Issues in Special Education for School Leaders in a summer semester

**Select SPE 681, SPE 682, SPE 683 or SPE 684.

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