Intensive One Year General Special Education K–12 Certification

This concentration is designed for the professional who would like to engage in intensive training to gain knowledge and skills in the field of special education. The one-year intensive program follows a prescribed sequence of coursework paired with a special education internship. Through this intensive format, candidates receive a Master of Education (MEd) with endorsement for New Hampshire General Special Education K–12 certification in one year. Taught by faculty who are specialists and leaders in the field, courses are designed to provide candidates with the knowledge and skills crucial to teaching effectively in today’s inclusive classrooms.

This 42-credit full-time program is for candidates who have completed an undergraduate degree in a teacher certification program or related educational field and are interested in working effectively in today’s inclusive classrooms or related fields. Courses in this program are designed in scope and sequence to allow candidates to apply course concepts in school settings, to collaborate with professionals in the field, and to collaborate within a cohort model. Beginning in the summer term, candidates progress through the program three courses at a time over one year. In addition, candidates engage with students with exceptionalities through an internship in the fall, winter and spring terms, providing candidates with a variety of opportunities for field-based project completion and practical application of course concepts.

PSU’s General Special Education certification programs are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and aligned with the national Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) Standards.

Admissions Note: Successful completion of an undergraduate degree in K–3, K–8, K–12, 5–12, or 7–12 teacher certification or related educational field is required, along with an interview with the program coordinator. Application deadline is May 15 of each year for cohort that begins the end of June.

Curriculum Requirements

SE 5181 Collaborative Action Research in Special Education 3
– OR –
ED 5030 Research Design 3
SE 5190 Educational Testing 3
SE 5300 Special Education Law 3
SE 5570 Autism and Spectrum Disorders 3
SE 5581 Technology for Diverse Learners 3
SE 5600 Language and Learning Disabilties 3
SE 5760 Collaboration, Consultation, and Leadership in Special Education 3
SE 5765 Working with Families and Children: Legal and Ethical Issues 3
SE 5770 Behavioral Disorders in School-Aged Children 3
LL 5050 Mainstream Classroom Strategies for English Language Learners 3
SE 6040 Curriculum Development in Special Education 3
SE 5961 Teaching Internship in Special Education 5th Year 3

Total for MEd in Special Education, Intensive One Year General Special Education K-12 Certification – 42 credits