Offered by the Department of Education and Special Education
Professors: Cleland, Straub, Burns
Associate Professors: Benjamin, Carico, Fuller, Floyd, Hammann, Lucero (chairperson), Smith, Werner-Burke
Assistant Professors: Minetola, Moore
Mansfield University teacher education programs are approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) and nationally accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). Candidates for teaching certification in Pennsylvania must meet state requirements described in Chapter 354 regulations. A description of requirements, policies, and procedures for teacher certification can be found in the catalog section entitled, “Teacher Education Certification.”
The special education program prepares students to work with exceptional individuals through prescriptive teaching and practicum courses. Students who complete the special education program receive a Bachelor of Science in Education degree and a Pennsylvania Instructional 1 teaching certificate. This comprehensive certificate allows students to teach children from kindergarten through 12th grade (K-12) who are disabled in the areas of mental retardation, emotional disturbance, autism, physical disability, learning disability and brain injury. Many special education majors also pursue graduate studies after obtaining their undergraduate degree.