WCU M.Ed. Special Education Online

Special Education


Special Education Office
304 Recitation Hall
West Chester, PA 19383
Call: 610-436-2579
FAX: 610-436-3102

Post Baccalaureate Certification in Special Education (Online, Blended, & Traditional)  

West Chester University

The Post-Baccalaureate certification in Special Education is open to any student with a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university with an expressed interest in working with children with disabilities. All applicants must meet the following requirements:


  • Special Education Core
    • EDA542 - Foundations of Special Education
    • EDA516 – Curriculum and Instruction for Individual Learning Differences I
    • EDA523 - Curriculum and Instruction for Individual Learning Differences II
    • EDA521 - Assistive Technologies for Communication and Participation
    • EDA544 - Classroom Management
    • EDA574 - Assessment in Special Education
    • EDA 582 – Special Education Field and Seminar
    • EDA514 - PreK-8 Aspects of Transition (PreK-8 students) or
    • EDA 515 - Middle/Secondary Career Development and Transition (7-12 students)
Public school teaching in Pennsylvania requires certification. When you demonstrate that you have completed all requirements for certification, the Dean recommends you to the PA Department of Education for Certification. This section contains information on steps to take in order to be recommended for certification. In order to be recommended to PA Department of Education you must complete the following:
  • A state-approved teacher education program including a student teaching or intern experience.
  • Appropriate PECT assessments.
  • Application materials documenting that all certificate requirements have been met.

Admission Requirements
For Students already possessing Teacher Certification in an Approved Area of Study:

  • Baccalaureate Degree from a regionally accredited college or university.
  • Minimum GPA of 2.8 on a 4.0 scale calculated on the most recent 48 Credits of college/university coursework and 3.0 total undergraduate cumulative GPA. (If applicant possesses a master’s degree, the GPA requirement applies to that degree.)
  • When pursuing special education certification, applicants must have either completed or  be working towards completion of a dual certification in an approved area of study (PreK-4, 4-8 and/or Secondary Area Content in English, Math, Science, or Social Studies),but may concurrently take courses in Special Education towards certification

**Note-Evidence of Chapter 49.13 competencies must be met. If not present, or if coursework is deemed to not meet 49.13 competencies, additional coursework (to be determined with an advisor), may be necessary, and may include ENG/LAN 569 and EDR 550.

Procedures for Admission to Post-Baccalaureate Certification in Special Education

  • Apply online at http://www.wcupa.edu/grad. If you need assistance call the Graduate Office, (610) 436-2943
  • Arrange to have one (1) complete undergraduate transcript and proof of a baccalaureate degree sent to the Graduate Office. The transcript should include the cumulative grade point average of all undergraduate work.

For further information contact Dr. S. Christy Hicks, shicks@wcupa.edu