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Special Education Requirements

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To help keep track of the program requirements you can download a pdf-formatted Special Education Program checklist.

Candidates who enter the special education program will declare either the PK-8 or 7-12 grade band option. The criteria for certification and admission to each grade band option is regulated by the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) as follows:

  • Special Education PreK-8 Option: Candidates with previous PA certificates in early childhood N-3, elementary K-6 or PreK-4, middle school 4-8, and certified reading specialists are eligible for this option.
  • Special Education 7-12 Option: Candidates with previous PA certificates in secondary education 7-12 and certified reading specialists are eligible for this option.

(Note: Courses designated with * are required for state certification)

Prerequisite courses or their equivalents may be completed at the undergraduate or graduate level, online or face-to-face. Candidates will receive credit for prerequisites completed in previous preparation program.

  • * EDAM 5066: Accommodations and Adaptations in Literacy for Diverse Learners              
  • * ESL 504: Intercultural Communication For Language Teachers
  • * ED 569: Teaching Diverse Learners Using Inclusive Classroom Practices                                     

CORE COURSES: 12 Credits  

  •  * ED 510: Psychological Foundations      
  • ED 519: Issues, Laws & Trends in Education     
  • ED 522: Curriculum and Instruction     
  • ED 585: Integrating Technology into the Curriculum


(Act 34, 151, and 114 clearances are required for field experiences)

  • * EDSP 501: Sp Ed Meth I w/Field Exp. (20 hrs.)     
  • * EDSP 502: Sp Ed Meth II w/Field Exp. (20 hrs.)    
  • * EDSP 503: Behavior Mgt w/Field Exp. (20 hrs.)
  • * EDSP 504: Assessment in Sp Ed
  • * EDSP 505: Effective Practices in Sp Ed


Must be taken as the final EDSP course or in conjunction with the final EDSP course. Advisor must give permission to register for the Internship.

  • * EDSP 506: Internship in Sp Ed (6 weeks/100 hrs.)

Transfer Credits

A maximum of six graduate credits completed at another accredited institution may be used toward your Wilkes MS degree. You must have completed the courses within six years prior to the date of admission to Wilkes University and have received a grade of B or better. Official transcripts are required.

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