Education: Early Childhood and Elementary Education/Special Education

Course of Study

Students who complete this program and pass the required state tests earn a dual certification in Early Childhood and Elementary Education/Special Education. Formal admission screening takes place in the spring of sophomore year (or following 48 credits). Generally 2/3 of the credits in a certification sequence must be taken at Marywood.

EDUC 000 Field Experience 0
EDUC 004A ECE Field Experience I & II (taken w/ EDUC 300 & 301) .5/.5
EDUC 102 Digital Technology/Communications in Education 3
PSYC 214 Child Psychology (prerequisite to EDUC 311) 3
SPED 100 Characteristics of Students with Disabilities 3
SPED 300* Curriculum Adaptations (taken w/ Student Teaching) 3
SPED 350 Assessment and Planning for Young Children 3
SPED 350A Practicum I (PK-K) 1
SPED 352 Diagnostic and Prescriptive Teaching 3
SPED 352B Practicum II (Grades 1-6) 1
SPED 362 Secondary Programming & Career Education 3
SPED 367* Behavior and Classroom Management 3
SPED 400 The Law and Special Education and Service Delivery 3
EDUC 108 Orientation to Early Childhood Education 3
EDUC 300 Early Childhood Curriculum I (w/ EDUC 004A) 3
EDUC 301 Early Childhood Curriculum II (w/ EDUC 004A) 3
EDUC 302* Child in the Family 3
EDUC 311 Educational Psychology 3
EDUC 309F* Curriculum & Instruction: Math 3
EDUC 309G* Curriculum & Instruction: Science 3
EDUC 309H* Curriculum & Instruction: Social Studies 3
EDUC 309M* Curriculum & Instruction: Lang & Lit I 4
EDUC 309N* Curriculum & Instruction: Lang & Lit II 3
EDUC 005A* Practicum Block A 1
EDUC 005B* Practicum Block B 1
EDUC 420* Universal Design for Learning 3
EDUC 461* Methods, Materials & Assessments of ELL 3
EDUC 498B Special topics in Student Teaching (taken w/ Stu Tch) 1
EDUC 442 Student Teaching Special Education 8
*Requires screening for formal admission

Additional Education Core Courses

MATH 120 Mathematics in the Liberal Arts 3
BIOL 110/110L Principles of Biology 4
SSCI 201 Intro to Social Sciences 3
ENGL 339 Children's Literature 3
Note: MATH 130 Mathematics for the Contemporary Society is required for the 3-credit Liberal Arts Math course.

Option: Expand your Certificate to Include Grades 5 and 6

All candidates enrolled in an Early Childhood PreK-4 program and all Grades PreK-4 certificate holders may add Grades 5 and 6 to their certificate by attaining qualifying scores on the following assessments:

Test Code

Praxis Test Name

Qualifying Score

  5154

English Language Arts and Social Studies Subtest

152

  5155

Mathematics and Science Subtest

164

Candidates may take these assessments during or after completion of their PreK-4 program. However, the Pennsylvania Department of Education cannot grant the Grades 5 and 6 add-on certificate until after the PreK-4 certificate has been awarded.  To expedite the process, candidates may apply for the add-on simultaneously with their application for PreK-4 certification.