Special Education

Bachelor of Science - B.S.

  • Dual degree certification also available
  • Service learning emphasized 
  • Practicum, field experience, & student teaching opportunities

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Marywood's program prepares you for the challenges and rewards of teaching persons with exceptional learning needs at all levels of development from birth to age twenty-one. Your coursework in professional studies and liberal arts -- taught in small classes and enhanced with real-world experience beginning in your first year -- will emphasize creative thinking, the evaluation of contemporary educational issues, and development of leadership skills. The faculty will consider you a professional colleague as well as a student: teacher candidates are required to maintain professional membership in the Council for Exceptional Children. You'll graduate prepared to be a leader in the areas of mental retardation, behavior disorders, learning disabilities, and multiple disabilities; you'll be ready to serve as a teacher in grades K through 12 in a school or residential setting, as a professional in adult services, or in another position of responsibility in this growing field. The major in special education requires completion of 126 credits, 61 of which are requirements of the major (including courses in special education, general education, and psychology). You will also have the option of enrolling in one of the dual certification programs with elementary education or early childhood education, which leads to multiple teacher certifications. These options require additional coursework.

More About This Degree

  • Learn more about this program or visit the Education website.
  • College: Reap College of Education and Human Development
  • Courses: Available courses in this department
  • Student/Faculty Ratio: 13:1
  • This program is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP)

    Programs for the preparation of elementary, secondary, K-12 and special education teachers and for the preparation of other school personnel including school psychologists, guidance counselors, principals, superintendents, librarians, reading specialists, speech and language pathologists, home school visitors, and supervisory personnel are accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation.


Bernice P. Lukus
Clinical Instructor Special Education Program

Joseph A. Polizzi, Ph.D.
Co-Chairperson of Education Department
Associate Professor of Education and Educational Leadership

Christine L. Fryer, Ed.D.
Co-Chairperson of the Education Department, Clinical Faculty

Frances E. Russell, I.H.M., Ph.D, C.M.F.C
Associate Professor of Education
This is just a sample of our Education faculty - see them all!

Approximately 90% of our graduates go directly into teaching or other special education careers. Approximately 10% of our graduates go on to graduate study. Approximately 85% of students attend graduate school on a part-time basis while teaching.

Jesse

I opened a brand new Planet Fitness location as General Manager.

After graduating from Marywood in 2011 with a bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science/Physical Activity, I immediately entered the professional fitness world as a personal trainer and fitness instructor at Planet Fitness in the Philadelphia area.  Shortly thereafter, I was offered a chance to open a brand new Planet Fitness location as General Manager. 

Opening a new location from the ground up was a difficult and time consuming task.  However, my four years at Marywood gave me the tools and confidence I needed to tackle this challenge.  The education I received in the classroom provided me with the knowledge needed to train clients and effectively manage a fitness club.  Being a four-year member of Marywood’s Lacrosse team has also taught me great leadership and interpersonal skills which are applied daily, and will continue to help me as my career grows.

Wherever my career takes me, whether it is in fitness club ownership, or personal training, I know that everything I learned at Marywood will be with me every step of the way.

Undergraduate Admissions Requirements

  • Official SAT and/or ACT scores
  • Completed application
  • Essay
  • Official transcripts
  • Letter of recommendation

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Early Childhood Education (PK-4)

(available independently or as dual certification with Special Education)

The curriculum requirements discussed in this section are subject to change, based on guidelines and the program approval process established by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

The program prepares prospective early childhood educators who have a desire to specialize in working with children from birth through age nine in a variety of programs, including preschool and primary classrooms. The Early Childhood Education program is a unique program that blends the historical and philosophical perspectives of early childhood education and research and practice in the field in order to give prospective teachers the knowledge and skills required to work in inclusive classroom settings.

This program also gives students the opportunity to pursue dual certification in special education.

The curriculum requirements are:

EDUC 00_ Field Experience
ongoing
EDUC 004A ECE Field Experience I & II (taken with EDUC 300/301) .5,.5
EDUC 005A Practicum Block A 1
EDUC 005B Practicum Block B 1
EDUC 100/101 Introduction to Education .5,.5
PSYC 214 Child Psychology (Prerequisite to EDUC 311) 3
SPED 100 Characteristics of Students with Disabilities 3
EDUC 108 Orientation to Early Childhood Education
3
EDUC 300 Early Childhood Curriculum I
3
EDUC 301 Early Childhood Curriculum II 3
EDUC 302 Child in the Family 3
EDUC 309F* Curriculum and Instruction: Math 3
EDUC 309G* Curriculum and Instruction: Science 3
EDUC 309H* Curriculum and Instruction: Social Studies 3
EDUC 309L Curriculum and Instruction: Children's Literature 1.5
EDUC 309M* Curriculum and Instruction: Language & Literacy I 4
EDUC 309N* Curriculum and Instruction: Language & Literacy II 3
EDUC 311 Educational Psychology 3
SPED 300* Curriculum Adaptations 3
SPED 350 Assessment and Planning for Young Children 3
SPED 352** Diagnostic and Prescriptive Teaching 3
SPED 367* Behavior and Classroom Management 3
SPED 400 Law and Collaboration 3
EDUC 461* Methods, Materials and Assessment of ELL 3
EDUC 442 Student Teaching 9
Additional Liberal Arts Credits
MATH 130 Mathematics in Contemporary Society 3
OR    
MATH 120 Mathematics in the Liberal Arts 3
BIOL 110/110L Principles of Biology + Lab 4
SSCI 201 Introduction to Social Sciences 3
COMM 101 Dynamics of Speech 2

*Course requires successful completion of sophomore screening
**Course taken with student teaching

Students may elect to enroll in a dual certification program with special education PK-8 and would take the following additional courses:

SPED 350A Practicum I (PK-K) 1
SPED 352B* Practicum II (1-6) 1
SPED 362* Secondary Programming & Career Education 3
EDUC 420 Universal Design for Learning 3

Field experience begins in the first year and culminates with the student teaching experience. Students have the opportunity to work in a variety of settings including early intervention programs, home-based programs, preschool/day care programs, and primary (K-4) classrooms in urban, rural, and suburban locations.

The Fricchione Day Care Center, on campus, serves children from infancy upwards and is used for field experience by students in the ECE program.

Students may also elect to enroll in a dual certification program. These lead to teacher certification in special education (PK-8) and elementary education (Grades 4-8), special education (PK-8) and early childhood education (PK-4), or special education (7-12) and secondary education (7-12).

These options may require some additional coursework. Contact the department chairperson for more information.

In order to graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education, students must complete all required liberal arts and major courses, with a minimum QPA of 3.00 overall and in the major. Additionally, they must undertake student teaching experiences. Student teaching is evaluated as satisfactory/unsatisfactory. If a satisfactory grade is not earned in both experiences, the student must complete the equivalent number of approved major credits as a substitution, in order to graduate. Under such circumstances, recommendation for certification will be withheld.

Curriculum Requirements for the Special Education Degree

Special Education candidates elect to teach at the PK-8 or 7-12 grade level. The major in Special Education is not a stand-alone certification; it requires dual certification with early childhood PK-4, elementary grades 4-8, or a secondary content area (grades 7-12).

Special Education PK-8 with Grades PK-4 or Grades 4-8 Certification

Special Education PK-8 requirements:

SPED 100 Characteristics of Students with Disabilities 3
SPED 300 Curriculum Adaptations 3
SPED 350 Assessment and Planning for Young Children 3
SPED 352* Diagnostic Evaluation/Prescriptive Teaching 3
SPED 352B* Practicum II: (Grades 1-6) 1
SPED 362* Secondary Programming and Career Education
3
SPED 367* Behavior and Class Management 3
SPED 400* Law and Special Education 3
EDUC 420** Universal Design for Learning 3

Special Education PK-8 with Grades PK-4 requires the following courses in addition to the Special Education PK-8 credits listed above:

EDUC 00_ Field Experience
ongoing
SPED 350A Practicum I: (PK-K) 
1
EDUC 004A ECE Field Experience I & II
.5/.5
EDUC 005A Practicum Block A
1
EDUC 005B Practicum Block B
1
EDUC 100/101 Introduction to Education
.5/.5
PSYC 214 Child Psychology (prerequisite to EDUC 311)
3
EDUC 108 Orientation to Early Childhood Special Education
3
EDUC 300 Early Childhood Curriculum I
3
EDUC 301 Early Childhood Curriculum II
3
EDUC 302 Child in the Family
3
EDUC 309F* Curriculum and Instruction: Math
3
EDUC 309G* Curriculum and Instruction: Science
3
EDUC 309H* Curriculum and Instruction: Social Studies
3
EDUC 309M* Curriculum and Instruction: Language & Literacy I
4
EDUC 309N* Curriculum and Instruction: Language & Literacy II
3
EDUC 311 Educational Psychology
3
EDUC 461* Methods, Materials and Assessment of ESL
3
EDUC 442* Student Teaching (1 of 2 placements is in a SPED setting)
9

Additional Liberal Arts Credits

MATH 120 Math in the Liberal Arts
3
BIOL 110/110L Principles of Biology + Lab
4
SSCI 201 Introduction to Social Sciences
3
COMM 101 Dynamics of Speech
2

Special Education PK-8 with Grades 4-8 requires the following courses as well as two content concentration areas as noted above, in addition to the Special Education PK-8 credits listed:

EDUC 00_ Field Experience
ongoing
EDUC 005C Practicum Block C
1
EDUC 100/101 Introduction to Education
.5/.5
PSYC 252 Adolescent Psychology (prerequisite to EDUC 311)
3
EDUC 110 Middle School Philosophy and Foundations
3
EDUC 311 Educational Psychology
3
EDUC 310F* Elementary Curriculum & Instruction: Math & Science
3
EDUC 310M* Elementary Curriculum & Instruction: Language Arts & Social Studies
3
EDUC 442* Student Teaching (1 of 2 placements is in a SPED setting)
9
EDUC 461* Methods, Materials and Assessment of ESL
3

*Course requires successful completion of sophomore screening
**Course taken with student teaching

Special Education 7-12 with Math 7-12 or English 7-12 Certification Special Education 7-12 major requirements:

SPED 100 Characteristics of Students with Disabilities
3
SPED 300 Curriculum Adaptations 3
SPED 352* Diagnostic Evaluation/Prescriptive Teaching - Phase II 3
SPED 362* Secondary Programming and Career Education
3
SPED 362C* Practicum III (for Grades 7-12 only)
1
SPED 367* Behavior and Classroom Management 3
SPED 400* Law and Special Education
3

Five-Year Bachelor’s to Master’s Programs

Marywood University offers a five-year Bachelor’s to Master’s program, which includes certification in the areas of early childhood PK-4 and elementary Grades 4-8 in two of the following subject areas: Math/Science, Math/Social Studies, Science/Social Studies, Science/English, and Math/English.

Marywood University also offers another five-year Bachelor’s to Master’s program with triple certification in the area of early childhood PK-4, Special Education PK-8, and Reading Specialist K-12. Students may choose either the bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood or in Special Education.

Other five-year Bachelor’s to Master’s degree programs for those interested in secondary education are planned. The prospective teacher interested in a five-year program should contact the Education Department chairperson for additional
information.