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.
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- Learn more about this program or visit the Education website.
- College: Reap College of Education & Human Development
- Courses: Available courses in this department
- Student/Faculty Ratio: 15:01
- 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.
Christine L. Fryer, Ed.D.
Assistant Professor, Education Department
Kerri J. Tobin, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Education
Frances E. Russell, I.H.M., Ph.D, C.M.F.C
Associate Professor of Education
Joseph A. Polizzi, Ph.D.
Chairperson of Education Department
Associate Professor of Education and Educational Leadership
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.
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
- Official transcripts
- Letter of recommendation