Elementary Education: Pre-K-Grade 4/Special Education Dual Major

Elementary Education: Early Childhood/Special Education Pre-K-Grade 8 Certifications

Degree BS, Elementary Education and BS Special Education

Department Chair Kingsley Banya, PhD

The dual Early Childhood Education/Special Education (ECE/SPED) program is designed to prepare teachers to work with all children, including those with disabilities, from preschool through grade 4. The certificate in special education is Special Education Pre-k through Grade 8.

Pre-service teachers in ECE/SPED must successfully complete the liberal arts core curriculum, a series of generic teacher education department courses and field experiences, and the courses and experiences required by the two TED specializations – early childhood and special education.

ECE/SPED majors must satisfactorily complete a series of field experiences that begin during the first year and continue every semester until graduation. By graduation, our pre-service teachers will have spent approximately 700 hours in community classrooms. During students' final semesters, they must complete a 15-week student teaching assignment (two separate placements). One placement is in ECE and the other is in SPED setting.

Students who successfully complete the ELE/SPED program are eligible for recommendation by the university to the Pennsylvania Department of Education for two teacher certifications. The university's recommendation and the successful completion of other requirements established by the state, including meeting the pass scores specified by the state on the PRAXIS I and II, qualify graduates for "Instructional I" certificates. Once certified in Pennsylvania, our graduates usually have no difficulty becoming certified in other states.