Concentrations: Applied Behavioral Analysis/Autism Spectrum Disorders, Mild Disabilities, and Severe Disabilities
COLLEGE OF EDUCATION
This page was created on October 22, 2010. The information contained herein is relevant to the Special Education concentration of the Graduate Teacher Certification Program, which last admitted students in Fall 2010. Revisions and additional information are required by the College of Education to provide an accurate description of the Ed.M. degree program in Special Education.
NOTE, however, that applications are indeed currently NOT being accepted!
Admission Requirements and Deadlines
Fall: April 1
Spring: October 1
* * NOT CURRENTLY ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS * *
Applications received by the stated deadlines are guaranteed a decision for the upcoming term. Applications received after the deadline are reviewed on a space available basis.
APPLY ONLINE to this graduate program.
Letters of Reference:
Number Required: 3
From Whom: Letters of recommendation should be obtained from college/university faculty members and others who can provide insight into the applicant's academic competence.
Coursework Required for Admission Consideration:
The Pennsylvania Department of Education expects that all individuals seeking teacher certification at the master's level, regardless of the discipline, have taken at least 6 credits of college-level mathematics and 6 credits of college-level English composition and literature in their undergraduate program. Prospective students should contact an advisor to discuss course/program prerequisites for the Special Education concentration.
Bachelor's Degree in Discipline/Related Discipline:
A baccalaureate degree is required, although it need not be in a specific content area.
Statement of Goals:
In the Statement of Goals, applicants should indicate their goals and objectives for obtaining a master's degree and certification in Special Education. The statement should be approximately 500-1,000 words in length and should include the following elements: your specific interest in Temple’s program; your future career goals; any job-related experiences that are relevant to the program; and your academic and research achievements and interests.
Standardized Test Scores:
The GRE or MAT is required. It is expected that the scores will generally be at or above the 50th percentile.
Applicants must also pass the PRAXIS I examination required by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. In addition, a criminal background check, a TB test, and a child abuse clearance are required.
A resume is required.
Courses from accredited institutions may be transferred into the Ed.M. program as long as they are current (no more than five years old) and relevant. The faculty advisor determines relevancy of any course that a student wants transferred. The maximum number of credits a student may transfer is 6.
Each student is assigned a faculty advisor at the time of admission. The advisor reviews the student's credentials and determines which, if any, of the required courses can be waived. In general, this waiver covers the beginning-level courses in the program. Waiving a specific requirement, however, does not reduce the total number of credits needed to graduate.
General Program Requirements:
Number of Didactic Credits Required Beyond
the Baccalaureate: 36
Core Courses (12 s.h.)
ED 5203: Effective Teaching: Theory and Practice
ED 5254: Characteristics of Computer-Based Instruction
ED 5287: Practicum in Teaching
SPEC ED 5666: Inclusive School Practices
Specialized Pedagogy Courses (21 s.h.)
ED 5204: Literacy K-6
ED 5259: Teaching Reading and Language Arts to Students with Special Needs
MATH ED 5462: Teaching Math to Children N-6
SPEC ED 5501: Learning Environments
SPEC ED 5511: Managing Learning Environments
SPEC ED 5512: Methods and Curriculum
SPEC ED 5521: Issues in Social, Emotional, and Physical Development
SPEC ED 5522: Cognition, Language, and Literacy
Supervised Teaching and Seminar (6 s.h.)
ED 5275*: Seminar in Supervised Teaching
ED 5888*: Supervised Teaching
* Must be taken simultaneously; only offered during the Fall and Spring semesters.
Internship: No internship is required.
Language Examination: No language examination is required.
Student teaching and its related seminar are the culminating events for this program. In addition, SPEC ED 5522: Cognition, Language, and Literacy should be taken as a capstone course as the last 9 hours of the program are completed.
Program Contact Information:
College of Education
341 Ritter Hall
1301 Cecil B. Moore Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19122
Emily Lambert Davis
Lead Professor for Special Education:
Dr. Ken Thurman
Dr. Catherine Schifter
About the Program
The Ed.M. program is uniquely designed so that teacher certification in Special Education or in various other content areas can be earned simultaneously with the master’s degree. It is open to those who hold a baccalaureate degree outside education but who do not have a public school teaching credential. Individuals seeking a Pennsylvania Intern and/or Instructional I certificate should apply. Applicants already holding an Instructional I or II certificate who are interested in a master’s degree should apply to the CITE Department’s M.S.Ed. degree program.
Time Limit for Degree Completion: 4 years
Students are able to complete this degree program on either a full-time or part-time (8 credit hours or less per semester) basis. Evening classes on Main campus start at 5:00 p.m.
College of Education
341 Ritter Hall
1301 Cecil B. Moore Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19122
The program is a state-approved teacher certification program. It meets the general requirements and state standards for academic certification as specified by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
The graduate programs in Temple’s College of Education are consistently ranked in the top 25% of U.S. colleges and universities by U.S. News & World Report.
The program is accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and is approved as a teacher certification program by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.
Areas of Specialization:
The Special Education concentration prepares candidates to create inclusive classrooms and to meet the needs of a diverse group of students with a range of mild, moderate, or severe disabilities. The scope of the Special Education certificate is grades K-12. However, for special education teachers at the elementary level to teach an academic subject in grades K-6, they must also be certified in elementary or early childhood education. Similarly, for special education teachers at the middle and secondary levels to teach an academic subject in grades 7-12, they must also be certified in the relevant secondary content area or have passed the appropriate Praxis content test.
Other areas of specialization include Career and Technical Education (Business, Computer, and Information Technology; Industrial Education; and Marketing Education); Elementary Education; Secondary Education (Biology, Chemistry, Earth/Space Science, English, General Science, Mathematics, Physics, and Social Studies); and World Languages (French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Latin, Portuguese, and Spanish).
Graduates typically pursue teaching positions in elementary, middle, or secondary school settings in grades K-12.
Candidates may be eligible for a Pennsylvania Intern Certificate after completing supervised teaching and its prerequisites; passing both the PRAXIS I and II examinations; receiving a successful rating on the Pennsylvania Department of Education – PDE 430 form; and passing criminal background and child abuse clearance checks. The Intern Certificate allows the student to teach in public schools for up to three years. The Intern Certificate is issued only once and expires automatically in three years; no extensions are granted.
Instructional I Certificate:
Upon successful completion of the degree requirements and passing all PRAXIS examinations, candidates may apply for a Pennsylvania Instructional I Teaching Certificate.
Non-Degree Student Policy:
Students must matriculate within the first 9 credits of the program.
Although some limited funding opportunities are available, assistantships are generally offered to doctoral-level students. Students who wish to apply for an assistantship should make application through the College of Education's Graduate Programs Office.