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College Catalog 2018-2019 
College Catalog 2018-2019 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Early Childhood Education with Special Education Certification (B.S.)

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Student Learning Outcomes for Early Childhood Education with Special Education Certification:

Students will be able to:

  • A thorough knowledge of the content and pedagogical skills in planning, preparation, and assessment in the fields of early childhood elementary and special education.
  • An ability to establish and maintain a purposeful and equitable environment for learning.
  • An ability to deliver instruction that engages students in learning by using a variety of instructional strategies, including technology.
  • Qualities and dispositions that characterize a professional person in aspects that occur in and beyond the classroom/building.
  • An awareness of, and adherence to, the professional, ethical, and legal responsibilities of being a PK-8 certified teacher.
  • An ongoing commitment to lifelong learning and professional development through field-related clubs, conferences, and organizations.
  • Teaching and advocacy for principles of social justice and civic competence.

Candidates for certification in Early Childhood Education with Special Education Certification must complete a major that consists of two key elements. The first element emphasizes critical concepts and ideas important to one’s general education and academic preparation for teaching. The second emphasis stresses a professional core organized in five areas: 1) Early Childhood Development, Cognition and Learning, 2) Subject Matter Pedagogy Content (Pre-kindergarten through Fourth), 3) Assessment, 4) Family and Community Partnerships, and 5) Professionalism. Content requirements are based on national standards for early childhood education as well as Pennsylvania’s curriculum standards. 

PLEASE NOTE: A complete list of the foundational requirements (including a list of approved English Literature courses) can be found in the EDUCATION MANUAL.

Education majors may substitute ED 150  or ED 151  to satisfy their Social Science Core course.


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FY___   SO___   JR___   SR___    

Grade C or better in ED 105___    Grade C or better in ED 150___

PROVISIONAL ACCEPTANCE needed for 200-level ED courses:

Cumulative GPA at 27 credits, >= 2.80___

Submit Digication e-portfolio___                                                 

FORMAL ACCEPTANCE needed for 300-Level ED courses:

Cumulative GPA at 54 credits, >= 3.00___

Passing scores on Basic Skills Assessment___                                                    

Submit Digication e-portfolio___

Two Math: MA___ and MA___

Two English: EN 100 or EN 150 ___  and EN Literature___

Additional Required Courses for Education Certification

Suggested Four Year Planner:


Education majors may substitute ED 224 for their Western-Cultural Heritage Core.

ED150/151 is approved to satisfy Social Science Core.

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