Special Education

Undergraduate

B.S.Ed. Early Childhood/Special Education

Many employment opportunities exist in the state of Pennsylvania and throughout the country in pre-school special education programs. The School of Education offers a program of study which will provide students interested in working with students with special needs dual certification in special education and early childhood education. Students completing this program are qualified to teach in special education programs (K-8) and early childhood programs from pre-K to Grade 4, as well as in special education infant stimulation and pre-school programs. This program is offered only at the Clarion campus.

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B.S.Ed. Middle Level with Special Education: Language Arts/Reading Concentration

A Bachelor of Science in Education in middle level with special education, language arts/reading concentration, teaches the joy of language and reading to students of varied skill sets in Grades 4-8. Graduates of this program may teach in public, private, parochial, magnet, charter and online school settings. Students will complete the bachelor's portion of their degree and add a fifth year to earn the M.Ed. in special education. This program is offered only at the Clarion campus.

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B.S.Ed. Middle Level with Special Education: Mathematics Concentration

A Bachelor of Science in Education in middle level with special education, mathematics concentration, teaches the skills and various applications of mathematics to students of varied skill sets in Grades 4-8. Graduates of this program may teach in public, private, parochial, magnet, charter and online school settings. Students will complete the bachelor's portion of their degree and add a fifth year to earn the Master of Education in special education. This program is offered only at the Clarion campus.

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B.S.Ed. Middle Level with Special Education: Science Concentration

Science teachers are in high demand as are teachers who can meet students where they are academically. The Bachelor of Science in Education in middle level with special education, science concentration, is a five-year plan for earning the middle level science concentration teacher certification as well as K-8 special education. Candidates who complete all program requirements earn both a B.S. Ed. and an Master of Education. This program is offered only at the Clarion campus.

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B.S.Ed. Middle Level with Special Education: Social Studies Concentration

A Bachelor of Science in Education in middle level with special education, social studies concentration, combines teaching world cultures, politics and geography to students in Grades 4-8 of varying skill sets. This certification enables graduates to teach all subjects in an elementary classroom Grades 4-6, as well as social studies in Grades 4-8 in public, private, parochial, magnet, charter and online school settings. Students will complete the bachelor's portion of their degree and add a fifth year to earn the Master of Education in special education. This program is offered only at the Clarion campus.

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B.S.Ed. Special Education Dual Pre-K-8/7-12

The department of special education has created a unique program designed to meet the needs of a variety of learners with disabilities, at risk for disabilities, and those with reading disabilities. We call this the intervention specialist program. It is designed to prepare a new professional. The program combines special education preparation at the undergraduate level, special reading education, as well as mathematics content knowledge and methods, to ensure that individuals with specific learning needs and diverse abilities entitled to a free, and appropriate quality education utilizing specialized teaching receive it at all age levels. Upon completion of the program, students will earn a Bachelor of Science in special education degree, a M.S. in special education degree, and be prepared to sit for the examinations required by the Pennsylvania Department of Education for special education as well as reading specialist certification. Individuals would also have additional mathematics content knowledge and methods. This program is offered only at the Clarion campus.

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Minor in Diagnosis & Intervention Strategies for Students with Mathematical Disabilities

The minor in diagnosis and intervention strategies for students with mathematical disabilities is designed to provide educators in-depth knowledge of students with specific learning disabilities, as well as a variety of alternative methods to meet the instructional needs of students with disabilities or at risk for academic failure in mathematics. This program is offered only at the Clarion campus.

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Minor in Disability Studies

The notion of disability is an increasingly important aspect for many careers. Jobs related to human resources, education, social work, psychology, social policy, urban planning, software development, criminal justice and more must take into account the diversity of the populations they serve and be prepared to consider issues of accommodations, inclusion, and accessibility. Students enrolled in the disability studies minor will take an initial course describing the aspects and conditions of disability followed by a course that focuses on the relationships between disability and various societal perspectives; for example, political, cultural, and social. The remaining courses will use other disciplines to examine disability such as literature or philosophy. Students with such an interdisciplinary background in disability studies will have a crucial skill set desired by employers. Students with this minor will be better prepared to work with a wide variety of people and build skills in creating inclusive, accessible settings, promote greater awareness of the experiences of people with disabilities, and advocate for social change. Graduates find career opportunities in psychology, social service delivery and social work, social policy, counseling, health fields, human resources, education, politics, criminology, recreation management, and more. This program is offered only at the Clarion campus.

Minor in Special Education

The minor in Special Education is designed for those individuals who want more information about service delivery for students with disabilities but do not want certification. This program is offered only at the Clarion campus.

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M.Ed. Education: Special Education Concentration

The master's of education with a concentration of special education program is primarily designed for individuals who possess a teaching certificate in some other area and wish to add a special education teaching certificate while also receiving a master's degree. If completed as described, the program leads to Pennsylvania certification in special education. Students who presently hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited program may pursue the master's degree while completing additional course work leading to Pennsylvania certification in the area of special education. The student's advisor will individually determine the specific course work for certification after a review of the student's past course work and experience. This program is offered only at the Clarion campus.

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M.S. Special Education

The M.S. in Special Education is designed for those individuals who currently hold special education certification and desire knowledge of characteristics and special education services. The program is offered in an online seven-week semester format, with exception of one research methods course offered in a fifteen-week semester format.

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M.S. Special Education Pre-K-8/7-12 with Reading Concentration

The School of Education offers a program designed to meet the needs of a variety of learners with disabilities, at risk for disabilities and those with reading disabilities. The intervention specialist program as it's known on campus is designed to prepare a new professional for the commonwealth's schools. The program combines special education, special reading education, as well as mathematics content knowledge, to ensure that individuals with special learning needs and diverse abilities entitled to a free, appropriate quality education utilizing specialized teaching, receive it at all age levels. Upon completion of the program, students will earn a Bachelor of Science in special education degree, a Master of Science in special education degree, and be prepared to sit for the certification examination for special education as well as reading specialist certification. This program is offered only at the Clarion campus.

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Certificates And Certifications

Autism Spectrum Disorders Certificate

The Pennsylvania Department of Education has developed requirements for an autism spectrum disorders endorsement for certified school personnel who hold Level I and Level II teaching certificates. This endorsement will be an addition to the school personnel’s existing Level I and Level II certificates and will be issued by the PDE upon application to all personnel who complete application and successfully complete the required coursework. The required 12 hours of graduate level coursework includes classes in autism spectrum disorders, advanced applied behavior analysis, collaboration and cooperation, and advanced methods for persons with autism and severe disabilities. This program is offered only at the Clarion campus.

Last Updated 6/27/17