Special Education (Post Baccalaureate Certificate)
The Graduate Certificate in Special Education will prepare you to work with students with a wide range of diverse needs. Trinity’s program focuses on evidence-based instructional strategies and data-driven best practices to enhance the skills needed to help those with varying social and learning abilities in today’s inclusive classrooms. Educators learn to develop effective behavioral interventions, differentiate instruction, and provide appropriate accommodations. Coursework will explore the intersecting relationships of school, home, and community and how they can work together to ensure all students meet their full potential.
Gaining a certificate from an accredited university can advance your career and put you a step closer to earning a degree! Trinity has small class sizes for individualized attention and faculty teach foundational knowledge in an applied format, integrating students’ work and life experiences with the course information. All coursework can apply towards a Master’s Degree in Special Education at Trinity.
Trinity’s faculty have extensive experience in a variety of special education areas and our courses are designed to provide you with the content knowledge and skills needed to enhance education opportunities for students with special needs.
Featured CoursesPROGRAM REQUIREMENTS (15 credits) EDCI 650 Global and Ethical PerspectivesThis course defines the diverse learner and world views and global perspectives about the teaching methods that might be utilized to meet the needs of student in urban schools. Field experience is required. A grade of B or higher is required to advance.
3 credits EDTE 629 Teaching Students with High Incidence DisabilitiesParticular attention will be paid to the role of educators/individuals working with children identified as having learning disabilities, emotional or behavioral d isabilit ies, speech and language disabilities, mild intellectual disabilities, autism, and those presenting with learning/emotional difficulties. Educational approaches developed to meet the special needs of these students will be discussed. Field observations/visits are an integral component of the course. Formerly EDTE 629, Teaching Students with Learning Disabilities and Emotional Disturbances. A grade of B or higher is required to advance.
Prerequisites: EDCC 510, EDCC 530, and EDCC 541 EDTE 630 Human Relations and Career Education in Special EducationThis course examines contemporary trends and issues in career education and various strategies and methods established to provide for, and to improve the delivery of, appropriate educational and vocational services for students with disabilities as well as personal/social adjustment. A major focus is on the importance of transition planning. Parent/family and professional collaboration in multicultural settings is stressed. The field experience and practica assignments are integral components of this course. A grade of B or higher is required to advance.
Prerequisites: EDCC 510, EDCC 530, and EDCC 541 EDTE 634 Teaching Students with Significant DisabilitiesThis course provides an in-depth examination of the theory and research associated with the etiological, psychological, and social factors related to students with signif icant di sabilities (including intellectual disabilities, autism, and multiple disabilities). Curriculum development, materials and resources, and teaching strategies and methodologies for students with significant disabilities are introduced, with an emphasis on inclusive settings. Includes field component. A grade of B or higher is required to advance.
Formerly EDTE 634, Teaching Students with Intellectual Disabilities.
Prerequisites: EDCC 510, 530, and 541 EDTE 691 Practium in Special EducationThis course requires candidates to fulfill clinical fieldwork requirements associated with licensure in special education. The internship requires candidate to complete clinical fieldwork associated with the following areas: IEP development; Assessment and Evaluation; Collaboration (with other professionals as well as with parents and families); Culture, Language, Race/Ethnicity (as it is associated with disability issues); and Instructional planning and implementation for students with diverse learning needs.
Prerequisites: EDCC 510, EDCC 530, & EDCC 541
- Teacher’s Assistant
- Residential Facilities Staff
- Transition Counselor
- Special Education Advocate
- SPED Teaching Endorsement for certified teachers
- Ivymount School
- McKinley Middle School
- Center City PCS
Our program is state approved and nationally recognized by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (N.A.E.Y.C.) and by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (N.C.A.T.E.). Course syllabi and classroom activities reflect the standards of the Interstate New Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (I.N.T.A.S.C.).
The College of Arts & Sciences offers the undergraduate degree in early childhood education in partnership with the School of Education.