Elementary / Special Education: Student Teaching and Careers

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Elementary / Special Education: Student Teaching and Careers


An internship is required of all graduate students. You'll work with children/adults with physical or mental disabilities in a variety of settings, including inclusive classrooms, special public school classes and classes in residential treatment centers, special schools and hospitals. Opportunities for case conferences, learning seminars and teaching critiques are offered, as well as numerous field experiences to observe successful programs.

Field Experience

We also offer field experience that provides you with the experience of working with various groups of children with physical or mental disabilities, in places such as a public school, institution, sheltered workshop, activity center, summer camp or community MH/MR facility, or by doing a specific piece of research with a particular population of students.

Career Opportunities

The field of special education continues to grow, providing excellent professional career opportunities for today's graduates. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics notes that there will be a 35% increase in the number of jobs available in special education through 2012.

Cal U prepares you to enter the workforce with knowledge, integrity, character and experience. With the help of Career Services , we'll connect you to potential employers through networking events, job shadowing opportunities, on-campus recruiting, job and internship fairs, and organizational visits. 

Where Our Graduates Are Working

California University of Pennsylvania

Trinity Area School District

Washington School District

Uniontown Area School District

Laurel Highlands School District

Canon-McMillan School District

Albert Gallatin Area School District

Monessen City School District

Charleroi Area School District

Belle Vernon Area School District

Elizabeth Forward School District

Ringgold School District

Frazier School District

Upper St. Clair School District

Brownsville Area School District

California Area School District

Bentworth School District

Intermediate Unit 1

Intermediate Unit 7

We also have people teaching in school districts out of state, including Las Vegas, Nev., Virginia, Ohio, California and Alaska.