B.S.Ed. in PreK-4 Education and Special Education

Print/Download Page

Program Description

The Bachelor of Science in Education (B.S.Ed.) in PreK-4 Education and Special Education prepares students to earn:

  • Certification to teach pre-K through grade 4
  • A license to teach special education in grades pre-K through grade 8

Certification that includes Special Education may require an extra semester to complete.

Note:  This is a dual certification, not a dual degree.

Delivery Mode

Traditional (on campus)

Accreditation

This undergraduate degree program is approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. Cal U's education programs have also been accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) since 1954, and we are continuing with the successor organization, the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).

Curriculum

The following sections include an eight-semester schedule of courses provided as a recommended framework for completing the certification programs in four years.

Course Credits
Freshman Year  
First Semester 16
ENG 101  English Composition I 3
HIS 101  OR  102 U.S. History  3
MAT 120  Elementary Topics in Math I 3
PSY 205  Childhood Psychology  3
UNI 100  First-Year Seminar 1
Any Natural Science Course  3
   
Second Semester 18
CHD 200  Introduction to PreK-Grade 4  3
ELE 220  Instruction and Assessment PreK  3
ELE 221  Instruction and Assessment in K-4 3
ESP 210  Special Education Foundations and Collaboration  3
ESP 311  Assessment and Positive Behavior Interventions  3
MAT 130  Elementary Topics in Math II 3
   
Sophomore Year  
Third Semester 15
ELE 300  Emerging Literacy  3
ELE 310  Teaching Math/Science PK-4  3
GEO/POS/ECO 102  Social Sciences  3
MUS/ART/THE 372  Creative Arts PK-4  3
Any Approved AM/BRIT Literature  3
   
Fourth Semester 12
CHD 250  Health and PE for PK-Grade 4  3
CHD 312  Instructional Leadership in Childhood Education 3
EDU 333  Educational Technology  3
PSY 208  Educational Psychology  3
   
Junior Year  
Fifth Semester 18
ELE 301  Literacy Foundations I: LA  3
ELE 302  Literacy Foundations II: Reading  3
ELE 331  Teaching Social Studies K-4 3
ESP 312  Applied Behavior Analysis for Special Educators  3
ESP 339  Special Education Field Experience I  3
ESP 403  Assessment and Prescriptive Teaching  3
   
Sixth Semester 18
EDU 350  Supporting ELL  3
ELE 311  Teaching Math K-4   3
ELE 321  Teaching Science K-4  3
ESP 407  Early Intervention Special Education  3
ESP 411  History, Theory, and Exceptionality 3
ESP 412  Evidence Based Practices  3
   
Senior Year  
Seventh Semester 18
CHD 350  Family and Community Collaboration Partnerships 3
CHD 450  Assessment and Data Literacy  3
EDU 375  Introduction to Integrative STEM Education 3
ESP 349  Special Education Field Experience II  3
ESP 402  Life Skills Planning and Instruction 3
ESP 414  Advanced Evidence Based Practices for PK-8 Inclusion   3
   
Eighth Semester 12
ELE 461  Student Teaching and School Law  6
ESP 461  Student Teaching and School Law 6
Total 127

Program Notes

  • All ELE/ESP/CHD courses require current clearances and a minimum 2.5 GPA to register.
  • All courses required for certification must earn C or better.
  • Admission to Teacher Education required for enrollment in ESP 412, CHD 450, ELE 311, ELE 321, ELE 331, ESP 461 and ELE 461. 
  • Pre-requisites for ELE 221 and all 300 level ELE and CHS courses are ELE 200 and ELE 220. ESP 210 and ESP 311 are prerequisites for all ESP courses.
  • Bolded courses titles indicate a block of courses that must be taken together.

Approved British or American Literature Courses

  • ENG 107 Introduction to Fiction
  • ENG 125 The American West
  • ENG 127 Woman as Hero
  • ENG 148 Horror in Literature
  • ENG 150 Baseball in Literature
  • ENG 155 Black Literature                                         
  • ENG 160 Introduction to British and American Literature
  • ENG 203 Great Books
  • ENG 301 English Literature I
  • ENG 302 English Literature II                 
  • ENG 337 Survey of American Literature I
  • ENG 338 Survey of American Literature II