The Department of Special Education, accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, offers career-focused programs that lead to a Pennsylvania Instructional I teaching certificate. Students who complete a baccalaureate program in special education are licensed to teach children with cognitive disabilities, learning disabilities, emotional problems and multiple physical disabilities.
Students may choose one of two dual majors. You will become certified to teach special education and either elementary education or early childhood education. We also offer a masters degrees in special education.
The field of special education, both within Pennsylvania and nationally, continues to grow, providing excellent professional career opportunities. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics notes that there is going to be a 35% increase in the number of jobs available in special education for the years 2001-2012.
Department of Special Education