Offered by the Department of Education and Special Education
Professors: Benjamin, Straub
Associate Professors: Carico (chairperson), Floyd, Hammann, Lucero, Smith, Werner-Burke
Assistant Professors: Gambil, Moore, Ribble, Whitecraft
Candidates for teaching certification in Pennsylvania must meet state requirements described in Chapter 49 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 a variety of teaching methods and practicum experiences. Students who complete the requirements for certification in special education receive a Bachelor of Science in Education degree and a Pennsylvania Instructional I teaching certificate. This certificate allows students to teach children in grades Pre-K-8 with exceptionalities in the areas of learning disabilities, mental retardation, emotional disturbance, autism, physical disability and brain injury. This is a second certification which will be in addition to their primary certification in Early Childhood / Elementary Education (Pre-K-4). Many graduates of the certification program also pursue graduate studies after obtaining their undergraduate degree. See Early Childhood / Elementary Education.