The Special Education / Early Childhood Education Dual Certification enables graduates to teach children identified as having intellectual disabilities, learning disabilities, physical disabilities, or behavior disorders in school placements from kindergarten through grade eight.
Special Education/Early Childhood majors benefit from 6 semesters of hands-on field experiences with students in public schools in Western Pennsylvania. Beginning with sophomore year experiences in Early Literacy and Diversity, our majors experience placements in a variety of different school districts. In their junior year, students practice their teaching skills in reading, science, math, and social studies. The Special Education Professional Semester in senior year gives opportunities for our majors to teach students with IEPs in Inclusion settings in grades K thru 8. Student Teaching is our capstone activity where students spend 8 weeks in a Special Education setting and 8 weeks in PK through 4 classrooms.
Students currently enrolled in the ELEC/SPED Dual Certification Program scheduled will graduate prior to the January 1, 2022 may take SPED 647: Transition to meet the PDE requirements to apply for the PDE PK-12 Special Education certification.
Students that graduate after January 1, 2022 will not need any additional coursework outside their ELEC/SPED Dual Certification Program to be eligible for the PK – 12 Special Education certification.