Academic Programs of Study
Early Childhood and Elementary Education/Special Education
Bachelor of Science (BS) in Early Childhood and Elementary Education/Special Education
- Dual certification in early childhood and elementary education and special education
- Field experience starts during first year
Prepare for a Rewarding Teaching Career with an Early Childhood and Elementary Education/Special Education Degree
At Marywood, you'll begin field experience in local schools during your first year of study, have the opportunity to learn in first-rate facilities, find supportive faculty who are dedicated to your development as a teacher -- and benefit from a program whose graduates are actively recruited.
More About This Degree
Tammy B.H. Brown, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Graduate Reading Program and ESL Program
The education program benefits from Marywood’s commitment to provide all students with state-of-the-art technology. The department maintains a curriculum laboratory of texts, manipulative materials, and software designed for K-12 programs. In addition, students are able to access an Assistive Technology Lab with the latest adaptive technology for preparation to implement Universal Design for Learning. If your goal is to work with infants, toddlers, and preschool-age children, you will have access to Marywood’s own childcare and preschool programs.
In today's schools, effective teachers need a complex set of skills. Your professors in Marywood's Department of Education will help you develop your abilities to teach effectively by using a variety of instructional techniques to foster creativity, to actively engage your students in problem-solving and other learning activities, and to create an intellectually exciting learning environment. The knowledge you gain in Marywood's program and put to use when you become a teacher will have a direct impact on the future. You will learn how to encourage your students to be lifelong learners, cooperate and collaborate with each other, develop responsibility, demonstrate respect for individual and cultural differences, apply the principles of wellness to their daily lives, and understand their civic responsibility for an interdependent and just world. You'll graduate prepared to live responsibly in an interdependent world and prepared to help your students do so as well!
I couldn't be happier with where my life has taken me and I have my experiences at Marywood to thank for that.
I graduated from Marywood in 2014 with a bachelor's degree in special education and middle school math/science. While at Marywood, I participated in alternative spring break service trips to places like West Virginia, New York City, and Guatemala. These experiences led me to participate in a year of service after I graduated. I became an AmeriCorps member in Palm Beach County, Florida where I worked at Believers Academy, an emotional/behavioral high school. My main focus was to help students improve their reading skills, but I also helped with job skills, such as creating a resume and filling out an application. I also worked numerous community-based service projects throughout the year including Habitat for Humanity, Surfers for Autism, and Special Olympics.
The students and staff that I worked with during my year of service were so amazing and truly touched my heart. The following school year, I transitioned from an AmeriCorps member to a full-time math and science teacher at Believers Academy. I couldn't be happier with where my life has taken me and I have my experiences at Marywood to thank for that.
Undergraduate Admissions Requirements
- Official SAT and/or ACT scores
- Completed application
- Official transcripts
- Letter of recommendation