Certification Requirements

Saint Joseph's University

Special Education Teacher-Scholar

(High Incidence) Master's Program


Become a Teacher-Scholar

The Special Education Department is offering an excellent opportunity to become a Teacher-Scholar in a unique clinical program based on the world renowned Lab School of Washing, D.C. Professional Education Model.


Academy in Manayunk

The clinical experience takes place during mornings at the Academy in Manayunk (AIM), an amazing school dedicated to students with language-based learning disabilities from grades K-12.  At AIM, they use the most up-to-date research-based reading, writing, and math interventions along with an arts-based curriculum for science and social studies.


Further Refine Your Teaching Skills

Apply the skills you learned as an undergraduate as well as a graduate student as you diagnose and instruct students and differentiate instruction in a supported environment.


Complete a Master's Degree

Candidates chosen will earn a Master's degree in Special Education by taking 24 credits of online and face-to-face course work and 12 credits of clinical experience during mornings at the Academy in Manayunk (AIM) - approximately 20-25 hours a week (5 mornings from September to June).  Special Education PA certification can also be earned within the master's program, if needed.


Earn the Valuable Wilson Certificate

All candidates accepted in this program will have the opportunity , schedules permitting, to become certified or train to us a number of state-of-the-art, research-based programs including the Wilson Reading Program, selected modules of LETRS, RAVE-O, Foundations, Just Words, Touch Math, Visualizing and Verbalizing, Read Naturally, Framing Your Thoughts, and Academic Club Methodology.  This knowledge and skill set will enhance your resume and impress future employers!


Become a Graduate Research Assistant

There is a possibility to receive a Graduate Research Assistant (RA) position that includes partial tuition remission and monetary stipend.  These competitive awards will be based on academic performance, related experiences, skills in research, and general suitability for graduate work.


Be part of the Solution

Become a leader in the field of education.  Bring the most innovative research-based solutions to the academic problems so many students deal with in our public schools.  You will leave this program, ready to make a difference in the lives of your students and the schools in which you teach.


More Information

Visit the AIM website for more information about this amazing school at http://www.aimpa.org/


Application Procedure: (Apply online and send a copy via e-mail to "Rebecca Patterson" rpatters@sju.edu)

  • A letter of intent including a statement of interest and unique qualifications for this program.
  • Two letters of recommendation from professionals (e.g., faculty members, school administrator) qualified to assess the candidates' capability to successfully handle full-time graduate work.

  • Official transcript(s) GPA of a least 3.25 is required.
  • The Graduate Admission Application.  Download at: /http://www.sju.edu/admissions/graduate/pdf/gradapp.pdf
  • A current resume outlining your experiences in Education
  • If selected, the candidate must be available for interviews




High Incidence Teacher Scholar Program

For those With Special Education Certification




Mid-Summer

 

SPE 710: Wilson Reading Program: Introduction to Multisensory Structured Language (1 credit)

SPE 701: Cognitive Processes: Research-Based Brain Studies for the Educator

SPE 601: Technology and Instructional Design for Differentiating Instruction

 

Fall

 

SPE 609: Special Education Clinical Practicum/Seminar Part 1 (6 credits)


SPE604: Research-Based Models and Procedures: Literature, Written and Oral Language &Reading in the Content Areas

SPE 711: Wilson Reading Program: Intensive Instruction for the Non-Responsive Reader Steps 1 to 3

SPE 713: Wilson Reading Program: Intensive Instruction for the Non-Responsive Reader Practicum

 

Spring

 

SPE 610: Special Education Clinical Practicum/Seminar Part 11 (6 credits)

SPE 605: Research-Based Model and Procedures: Mathematics and Science Procedures

SPE 712: Wilson Reading Program: Intensive Instruction for the Non-Responsive Reader steps 4 to 6

(*SPE 713: Wilson Reading Program: Intensive Instruction for the Non-Responsive Reader Practicum* continued from fall semester)


SPE700: Special Education School Law and Policy




High Incidence Teacher Scholar Program

For those seeking Special Education Certification




Prerequisites

SPE 600: Current Issues in Special Education; Theoretical Practice and Procedures

SPE 602: Diagnostic Assessment and Progress Monitoring

SPE 608: Families, Schools, and Communities: Communication and Collaboration

SPE 612: Inclusive Teaching Practices




1st Summer

 

SPE 710: Wilson Reading Program: Introduction to Multisensory Structured Language (1 credit)

SPE 603: Theory and Instructional Practice: Students with High Incidence Disabilities

SPE 606 : Theory and Instructional Practice: Students with Emotional, Social and Behavioral Disabilities




Fall

 

SPE 609: Special Education Clinical Practicum/Seminar Part 1 (6 credits)


SPE 604: Research-Based Models and Procedures: Literature, Written and Oral Language & Reading in the Content Areas


SPE 711: Wilson Reading Program: Intensive Instruction for the Non-Responsive Reader Steps 1 to 3


SPE 713: Wilson Reading Program: Intensive Instruction for the Non-Responsive Reader Practicum

 



Spring

 

SPE 610: Special Education Clinical Practicum/Seminar Part 11 (6 credits)

SPE 605: Research-Based Model and Procedures: Mathematics and Science Procedures

SPE 712: Wilson Reading Program: Intensive Instruction for the Non-Responsive Reader steps 4 to 6


(*SPE 713: Wilson Reading Program: Intensive Instruction for the Non-Responsive Reader Practicum)


SPE 607: Theory and Instructional Practice: Students with Low Incidence Disabilities





Saint Joseph's University

Special Education Teacher-Scholar

(Low Incidence) Master's Program




Become a Teacher-Scholar - Low Incidence

The Special Education Department is offering a new and exciting track in their very successful Teacher Scholar Program.  This program has been developed to meet the needs of candidates who are interested in teaching students with low incidence disabilities, such as those with autism spectrum disorders, serious physical impairment, complex health issues, significant developmental delays, multiple disabilities, blondness, low vision, deafness, hard-of-hearing, and deaf-blindness.


Clinical ExperiencesThe clinical experience will take place in specific school settings that provide educational and special service supportive therapies and programs for students with low incidence disabilities for approximately 20-25 hours a week (5 mornings from September to June).  Clinical experiences will provide opportunities for candidates to have direct experience working with students from a broad range of ages and education and special service needs,  teachers, therapists, and families.




Further Refine Your Teaching Skills

Apply the skills you learned as an undergraduate as well as a graduate student as you diagnose and instruct students and differentiate instruction in a supported environment.




Complete a Master's Degree

Candidates chosen will earn a Master's degree in Special Education by taking 24 credits of online and face-to-face course work and 12 credits of clinical experience during mornings at their assigned clinical education and special service programs.  Special Education PA certification can also be earned within the master's program if needed.




Earn the Valuable Autism Spectrum Disorder Endorsement (soon to be available)

All candidates accepted in this program will have the opportunity, schedules permitting, to learn and practice a number of state-of-the-art, research based programs including the new Autism Spectrum Disorder Specialist program.  His knowledge and skill set will enhance your resume and impress future employers!




Become a Graduate Research Assistant

There is a possibility to receive a Graduate Research Assistant (RA) position that includes partial tuition remission and a monetary stipend.  These competitive awards will be based on academic performance, related experiences, skills in research, and general suitability for graduate work.



Be Part of the Solution

Become a leader in the field of education.  Bring the most innovative research-based solutions to the students you will teach.  You will leave this program, ready to make a difference in the lives of your students and their families.




Application Procedure: (Apply online and send a copy via e-mail to "Rebecca Patterson" rpatters@sju.edu)

  • A letter of intent including a statement of interest and unique qualifications for this program.
  • Two letters of recommendation from professionals (e.g., faculty members, school administrator) qualified to assess the candidates' capability to successfully handle full-time graduate work.
  • Official transcript(s) GPA of a least 3.25 is required.
  • The Graduate Admission Application. Download at: /http://www.sju.edu/admissions/graduate/pdf/gradapp.pdf

  • A current resume outlining your experiences in Education
  • If selected, the candidate must be available for interviews




Low Incidence Teacher Scholar Program

For those with Special Education Certification





Summer

 

SPE 601: Technology and Instructional Design for Differentiated Instruction

SPE 608: Families, Schools, and Communities: Communication and Collaboration

Or SPE 700: Special Education School Law and Policy




Fall

 

SPE 609: Special Education Clinical Practicum/Seminar Part 1 (1 credit)

SPE 616: Special Topics for Low Income Incidence Disabilities

SPE 720: Introduction to ASD: Overview of Causality, Diagnosis and Advocacy

SPE 721: Augmentative and Alternative Communication and Socialization Strategies

 



Spring

 

SPE 610: Special Education Clinical Practicum and Seminar Part 11 (6 credits)


SPE 617: Transition Processes and Procedures

SPE 722: Evidence-Based Practices: Assessment, Intervention, and Instructional Methodologies

SPE 723: Autism: Behavior Management Approaches




Low Incidence Teacher Scholar Program

For those seeking Special Education Certification




Prerequisites


SPE 600: Current Issues in Special Education: Theoretical Practice and Procedures

SPE 602: Diagnostic Assessment and Progress Monitoring

SPE 608: Families, Schools, and Communities: Communication and Collaboration

SPE 612: Inclusive Teaching Practices




Summer Semester

 

SPE 603: Theory and Instructional Practice: Students with High Incidence Disabilities

SPE 607: Theory and Instructional Practice: Students with Low Incidence Disabilities

 



Fall Semester

 

SPE 609: Special Education Clinical Practicum/Seminar Part 1 (1 credit)

SPE 616: Special Topics for Low Income Incidence Disabilities

SPE 604: Research-Based Models and Procedures: Literature, Written and Oral Language & Reading in the Content Area


SPE 606: Theory and Instructional Practice: Students with Emotional, Social, and Behavioral Disabilities




Spring Semester

 

SPE 610: Special Education Clinical Practicum and Seminar Part 11 (6 credits)


SPE 617: Transition Processes and Procedures

SPE 605: Research-Based Models and Procedures: Mathematics and Science Procedures

SPE Elective




Electives

 

SPE 720: Introduction to ASD: Overview of Casualty, Diagnosis and Advocacy

SPE 721: Augmentative and Alternative Communication and Socialization Strategies

SPE 722: Evidence-Based Practices: Assessment, Intervention, and Instructional Methodologies

SPE 723: Autism: Behavior Management Approaches