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Special Education - Grades Pre-K - 4 and Pre-K - 8 Dual Certification, M.Ed.

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Make a daily impact as a special education teacher. California University of Pennsylvania's dual certification Special Education - Grades Pre-K - 4 and Pre-K - 8 Dual Certification program is designed for students who are seeking to become certified teachers for the first time, while also gaining in-depth training in the teaching of educationally and physically handicapped students.


In addition to obtaining a Special Education - Grades Pre-K - 4 and Pre-K - 8 Dual Certification from California University of Pennsylvania, you'll graduate from this program eligible for dual certification in Pennsylvania in pre-K to grade 4 and pre-K to grade 8 special education. Cal U's hands-on approach to teacher's education will also ensure you'll develop the skills, expertise and confidence you need for a top teaching career.

Degree Benefits

As an elementary/special education M.Ed. student you will benefit from:

  • The insights of expert faculty who have years of real-world special education experience.
  • Comprehensive training in special education within a non-categorical, behavior analytic model.
  • Career and job placement support through faculty connections and Cal U's Career and Professional Development Center.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Special Ed: Foundations & Collaboration 
  • Special Ed. History, Theory & Exceptionality 
  • Field Experience Seminar in Special Education 
  • Introduction to Behavior Analysis 
  • Literacy Development 
  • Leadership and Management in Early Childhood 
  • Teaching Language Arts 

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Credits
    63 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 2.8

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 2.8 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree with a GPA of 2.80 or a 3.00 in last 48 credits earned (Students with a GPA below 2.80 may apply for conditional admission)
  • Official transcripts from an accredited undergraduate institution

Tuition Fee

  • International

    774 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 774 USD per credit and a duration of 12 months.
  • National

    774 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 774 USD per credit and a duration of 12 months.
  • In-State

    516 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 516 USD per credit and a duration of 12 months.
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Living costs for California

  • 1570 - 2660 USD/month
    Living Costs

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