Elementary Special Education Major: Pre K-Grade 8

The Special Education Program (PreKindergarten-Grade 8) consists of 9 courses plus 3 credits of infused content. It must be taken as a dual major with PreKindergarten-Grade 4 Early Childhood Education. Student teaching experiences are provided in two settings: one in a general education setting and the second in a special education setting. Program graduates are certified to teach in early childhood education programs (PreK-4) and in special education programs (PreK-8).

Degree Requirements: Bachelor of Science with a major in early childhood education.

Students choosing to major in Special Education (PreK-8) must dual major in Early Childhood Education (PreK-4).

SPE 250 Cognitive Development of Diverse Learners
SPE 255 Special Education Processes and Procedures
SPE 260 Evidenced Based Effective Instruction in Educating Students Identified with a High Incidence Disability
SPE 263 Intensive Math and Content Area Intervention Approaches
SPE 266 Evidenced Based Effective Instruction in Intervention Approaches Educating Students Identified With a Low Incidence Disability
SPE 269 Positive Behavioral Supports - Evidence Based Behavioral Intervention and Prevention
SPE 360 Intensive Language Arts Intervention Approaches
SPE 363 Assessment in Special Education
SPE 366 Collaboration and Communication - Advocacy, Leadership, and Ethical Practice


Additional Certification Requirements

Students seeking teacher certification must also complete a number of additional processes and requirements outlined in the Steps to Pennsylvania Teacher Certification document on the Education Department web page.  Along with other requirements, these include a minimum GPA and the following coursework:

1. Completion of one English composition course.

2. Completion of one English or American literature course.

3. Completion of two college-level mathematics courses.

4. Completion of required Special Education coursework:

SPE 250 Cognitive Development of Diverse Learners
SPE 255 Special Education Processes and Procedures
Embedded Special Education Modules

The following course is required for music education majors and may also be required for students transfering credits into any certification program from other institutions:

SPE 258 Effective Instructional and Behavioral Strategies for Students with Disabilities

5. Completion of one of the following ESL courses:

For early childhood/special education certification: EDU 240 Language, Cultural Diversity and Academic Achievement: PreK - Grade 8

For secondary education certification: EDU 245 Language, Cultural Diversity and Academic Achievement: Grade 7 - Grade 12

K-12 certification (languages and music) candidates may take either course.