Jul 18, 2019  
2018-2020 Undergraduate Catalog 
2018-2020 Undergraduate Catalog

Early Childhood Education (PK-4)/Special Education (K-8)

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Elementary Education/ Early Childhood Education Department


The university is authorized by the Pennsylvania Department of Education to provide certification courses and practical experiences designed to meet requirements for the Cognitive, Behavioral, and Physical Disabilities (CBPD) certificate in special education. The teaching certificate enables graduates to teach children identified as having mental retardation, learning disabilities, physical disabilities, or behavior disorders in school placements from kindergarten through grade twelve.

While students may declare the major in special education and work for a single teaching certificate (CBPD), most students opt for the dual certification program. Students may declare the major in special education and work for a single teaching certificate, the comprehensive M/PH certificate. Students may declare the special education/elementary education major and study for elementary education teacher certification and special education certification. The special education/elementary education certification program includes credits beyond the minimum required for the baccalaureate degree. The Teacher Education Policy Manual describes procedures for students interested in pursuing multiple teaching certificates.

An integral component of pre-professional programs in special education is the requirement of a practicum experience for credit. Practicum is part of the Special Education Professional Semester which integrates strategy courses with a field experience in local school districts.

All candidates completing this program and student teaching are eligible to receive Pennsylvania certification after achieving a passing or qualifying score on Pennsylvania Department of Education required exam(s). If you are interested in teaching in another state, please contact the Department of Education in that state.


Requirements for the Major - Credits: 90-91

The specific course of study and requirements leading to teacher certification in special education are available in the Department of Special Education or from the student’s advisor. See also Teacher Education Policy Manual, available in 105 McKay Education Building or on the College of Education homepage.


Requirements Outside the Major

 These courses will satisfy a portion of the student’s Liberal Studies block requirements

Student Teaching - Credits: 12

All coursework in previous areas must be completed prior to Student Teaching

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