The special education supervisory program is a 15-credit sequence of course work (including a 3-credit internship). Upon satisfactory completion of this course work and internship, attainment and verification of five years of professional school experience in special education, and satisfactory achievement on assessments prescribed by PDE (currently Praxis test 10410), students will be recommended for PDE certification by the dean of the Penn State College of Education.
Course work covers topics such as:
- social and institutional settings for instructional supervision: functions, activities, and practices of supervision
- evidence-based practices in management of special education programs
- implementing evidence-based intervention practices
- planning and implementing staff development
- budget and program evaluation
Penn State's special education supervisory program includes distance education courses that are offered via a combination of DVD and online components. Students are also required to complete an internship component (3 credits) that may be completed at the candidate's school district (public or private) with approval from the student's employer and a Penn State faculty adviser. Students in an internship will be supervised by a Penn State faculty member.
The courses are designed to be convenient and accessible for you as a working professional. No travel to campus is necessary, allowing you to study when and where you want. Communication and interaction with the instructors is maintained primarily through web-based message boards.
Course List - Special Education Supervisory Program for PDE Certification
|Principles of Instructional Supervision||EDLDR 560||Social and institutional settings for instructional supervision; functions, activities, and practices of supervision; supervisory case studies.||3 credits|
|Administration and Supervision of Educational Programs for Exceptional Children||SPLED 501||Problems connected with the instituting and organizing of classes for atypical children; the legal phases, finances, teaching personnel, pupil personnel, housing, equipment, courses of study, curriculum, etc.
This course may constitute up to 135 hours of the PDE requirement for 360 hours of field experience.
|Internship in Special Education Supervision||SPLED 595C||Supervised by faculty or approved mentor, students will perform functions required of special education supervisors in LEAs, private schools, or intermediate units. Requirements include: job shadowing, self-evaluation and improvement plans, clinical supervision of a peer and development, implementation and evaluation of a staff development episode. Permission is required from an authorized administrator to perform activities on site.
The internship constitutes 135 hours of the PDE requirement for 360 hours of field experience.
|Individual Studies||SPLED 596||This course provides additional field experience opportunities for supervisory students to enable them to meet the PDE requirement for a total of 360 hours of field experiences. Students will investigate budget practices in their schools and develop a systematic program evaluation plan for an existing program. This course constitutes 135 hours of the PDE requirement for 360 hours of field experience.||3 credits|
|Field Experience||TBD||Additional field experience course assigned by an adviser at admission.||3 credits|
Exit Requirements for Pennsylvania Department of Education Certification as a Supervisor of Special Education
- Praxis Examination Number 0411 or 5411 (computerized version) — Education Leadership: Administration and Supervision, current score requirement: 143.
- Completion of all required and elective supervisory certification course requirements listed above
- Completion of five years of special education teaching experience
- Demonstration of PDE-specified competencies in core courses (evidenced by grades of B or better in all courses)
- Completion of 360 hours of field experiences (see course descriptions)
Upon satisfactory completion of this coursework and internship, attainment and verification of five years of professional school experience in special education, and satisfactory achievement on assessments prescribed by PDE (currently Praxis test 0411 or 5411), students will be recommended for PDE certification as a supervisor of special education by the dean of the Penn State College of Education.
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