Education Certificates and PDE Endorsements

Expand on your master’s degree with a state certification or DelVal specialization program.


DelVal offers these shorter curriculums to help teachers and administrators meet the requirements for administrative or supervisory state certifications or add academic credentials with one of our specialization sequences. The three-credit courses are offered as part of the overall master’s in education curriculum, all of which are also part of a degree requirement program and follow the same accelerated format.


Post-Graduate Specializations

All Certificate Programs

The online Delaware Valley University Superintendent Letter of Eligibility Certification program prepares educational leaders for certification as Pennsylvania school superintendents.  This Pennsylvania Department of Education's (PDE) certification program includes 12 credits of coursework and is completed in one calendar year.

Curriculum

The 12-credit program is made up of three online academic classes and three 1 credit internship seminars in the candidate's school district, and culminating portfolio and internship projects. PDE requires 360 hours of internship, which are supervised by the practicum instructor throughout the one-year program. The practicum meets six times over the year.

Schedule/Format

All classes are online, and internships take place in the student’s school district.

Courses are offered each semester. (Fall-spring-summer).  This format allows the candidate to focus on one academic class and the practicum each term.

The program is designed to be completed in one calendar year.

Online Coursework

Semester I

EDU 8011 Educational Leadership, Change Theory / Policy Politics and Current Issues (3 credits)

EDU 8044 Supt. Practicum and Fieldwork I (1 credit) 

There will be a one-month break between semesters.

Semester II

EDU 8058 Negotiations and Conflict Management / Managing Financial Resources (3 credits)

EDU 8048 Supt, Practicum and Fieldwork II (1 credit)

There will be a one-month break between semesters.

Semester III

EDU 8055 Legal and Ethical Leadership / Diversity and Societal Change (3 credits)

EDU 8050 Supt. Practicum and Fieldwork III (1 credit)

Note: Before applying to PDE for the Superintendent Letter of Eligibility, please make sure you read the PDE Certification requirements below.

  • Be able to provide evidence of six years of satisfactory school experience, of which at least three must be in a supervisory or administrative capacity.
  • https://www.education.pa.gov/Educators/Certification/PAEducators/Pages/Administrative-Supervisory.aspx  
  • Successfully complete all required Del Val University coursework in the Superintendent Letter of Eligibility Program
  • Pass the required Praxis exam.  Currently, the exam is 6991 School Superintendent Assessment.
  • Apply for certification
  • Del Val will then recommend candidates for certification, and PDE will make the decision to approve and issue certification.

Please note that the post-graduate superintendent letter of eligibility program is not qualified for federal student aid; however private loans are available. The full doctoral degree program is qualified for federal student aid. Interested students are welcome to contact the Office of Financial Aid at finaid@delval.edu for more information on private loans or visit their web page and read more about the options available to you.

 

School Administration - PDE Administrative certificate eligible (19 credits)

GE-6115 Principles, Methods, Development and Assessment of Curriculum
GE-6130 School and Community Relations
GE-6220 School Law
GE-6140 School Personnel Administration

GE-6240 School Finance and Accounting
GE-7020 Advanced Fieldwork

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Supervisor of Curriculum and Instruction - PDE Supervisory certificate eligible (19 credits)

GE-6115 Principles, Methods, Development and Assessment of Curriculum
GE-6130 School and Community Relations
GE-6220 School Law
GE-6080 Foundations of Instructional Technology for Teaching and Learning
GE-6155 Design, Development and Assessment of Instruction
GE-7020 Advanced Fieldwork

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Supervisor of Special Education - PDE Supervisory certificate eligible (19 credits)
GE-6035 Teaching and Supervising Diverse Student Populations
GE-6065 Leadership and Management of Special Education Programs
GE-6070 Instructional Leadership and Supervision
GE-6155 Design, Development and Assessment of Instruction
GE-6225 Special Education Law
GE-7020 Advanced Fieldwork

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Delaware Valley University STEM Endorsement - PDE STEM endorsement eligible (12 credits)

GE-6336 Introduction to STEAM Education*
GE-6337 Integrative STEAM Innovations*
GE-6338 STEAM Applications and Establishing a Community of Practice (CoP)
GE-6339 STEAM Implementation in Schools and the Community*

* A Pennsylvania Instructional I or II certification is required for admission to the STEM endorsement program.

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Delaware Valley University Transition Services Specialization - DelVal Content Specialization (15 credits)

GE-6155 Design, Development, and Assessment of Instruction
GE-6260 Introduction to Transition Services in Special Education
GE-6262 Assessment Models for Transition and Vocation
GE-6264 Transition and Vocational Curriculum for School-Based Services
GE-6268 Interagency Knowledge-and Collaboration

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Delaware Valley University Assistive Technology Specialization - DelVal Content Specialization (15 credits) (15 credits):

GE-6155 Design, Development, and Assessment of Instruction
GE-6280 Technology and Universal Design for Special Education Students
GE-6282 Assistive Technology: Devices and Services
GE-6284 Assistive Technology: Planning, Collaboration, and Implementation
GE-6288 Assistive Technology: Capstone Course

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Delaware Valley University is proud to partner with Innovative Learning Institute in providing programs focused on critical topics such as bullying prevention and diversity and inclusion. A critical mission of DelVal's graduate studies programs is to provide valuable programs for educators and workplace professionals.

DelVal will award a bullying prevention and diversity badge for professionals who complete the following five courses with a B or higher:

  • GE 6400 Bullying Prevention in Schools
  • GE 6401 Bullying and Social Networking
  • GE 6402 Bystanders and Bullying Prevention
  • GE 6403 Diversity in Schools
  • GE 6404 The LGBT Inclusive School

Each course is taught by a professor with expertise in the areas of bullying prevention and diversity and inclusion. We realize that teachers and professionals face demanding schedules and are inconvenienced when courses do not run. As a result, courses are available online and asynchronous. You can take these classes at your convenience. Whatever time of the day you are available, class is in session. The Innovative Learning Institute offers eight additional graduate-level courses for students looking to further their expertise in this subject area and earn extra education credits.

Register for Bullying Prevention and Diversity and Inclusion

Please contact the Innovative Learning Institute at 530.522.8559 or dmh@theili.org with questions.

In response to the increasing demand for certified special education teachers, we offer a program that enables certified teachers in Pennsylvania to add special education PreK-8 or 7-12 to their certification. We integrate practical, classroom-based experiences with coursework developed and taught by local special education experts. Both coursework and practicum experience help make you more marketable as you pursue employment as a special educator in Pennsylvania public schools.

In response to the increasing demand for certified special education teachers, Delaware Valley University offers a program that enables certified teachers in Pennsylvania to add special education PreK-8 or 7-12 to their certification. This new program integrates practical, classroom-based experiences with coursework developed and taught by local special education experts. Both coursework and practicum experience help make you more marketable as you pursue employment as a special educator in Pennsylvania public schools.

Candidates seeking Pennsylvania Special Education PreK-8 or 7-12 certification must have an active PA Instructional I or Instructional II teaching certificate in a corresponding area.

Program Features

· 19 credits

· Completed in one year

· Approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education

Course Sequence

· GE-6121 Special Education Law, Processes and Best Educational Practices

· GE-6122 Approaches for Positive Behavior and Social Skills in the School Setting

· GE-9952 Supporting Students with High Incidence Disabilities in Schools

· GE-9953 Acquisition, Development and Assessment of Language and Literacy

· GE-9954 Supporting Students with Low Incidence Disabilities in Schools

(PA Department of Education Endorsement)

The rapid increase in autism spectrum disorder diagnoses has created a strong demand for skilled teachers and educational support professionals to serve this population of school-age children. Our new endorsement uses the most up-to-date research on neurological implications and instructional strategies – just one of the many aspects of the DelVal program that separate it from others. Our graduate adjunct professors are practitioners in the field who prepare you for the demands of today’s classrooms.

The rapid increase in autism spectrum disorder diagnoses has created a strong demand for skilled teachers and educational support professionals who possess knowledge of effective learning and behavioral interventions for this population of school-age children.

The Autism Spectrum Disorders Endorsement Program at Delaware Valley University is designed to provide you with a level of specialization in this area of disability. The endorsement uses the most up-to-date research on neurological implications and instructional strategies. This is just one of the many aspects of the DelVal program that separate it from others. DelVal graduate adjunct professors are practitioners in the field and prepare you for the demands of today’s classrooms, thereby improving programming offered by your school districts.

Candidates seeking the Autism Spectrum Endorsement must have an active PA Instructional I or Instructional II teaching certificate in a corresponding area.

Program Features

· 12 credits

· Completed in one year

· No GRE or GMAT required

Course Sequence

Due to the sequence of information taught, the classes must be taken in order, but attendees need not take all four.

· GE-6180 Introduction to Autism: Characteristics, Etiology and Family / Community Supports

· GE-6181 Applied Behavior Analysis Supports for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder

· GE-6182 Autism Methodology and Interventions for Classroom Practice

· GE-6183 Communication and Social Competence for Students on the Autism Spectrum

 

Science, Technology, Engineering, Math (STEM)

Click the link below to learn about the PDE Online Instruction Endorsement.

Click the link below to learn about the PDE Social and Emotional Learning Endorsement

Please note that the post-master's certification and specialization programs are not qualified for federal student aid; however private loans are available. The full master's degree programs are qualified for federal student aid. Interested students are encouraged to contact the Office of Financial Aid at finaid@delval.edu for more information on private loans or visit their web page and read more about the options available to you.

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