Early Childhood Special Education (Dual Certification)

Bachelor of Science - BS

  • Field experience starts during first year
  • B.S. in Special Ed. w/ certification in Special Ed. Pre K-8 & Early Childhood Pre K-4
  • Graduates ooften actively recruited

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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.

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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!

Lisa

The Student Activities Office is my home away from home!

Year: Junior

Major: Special Education and Early Childhood Education

Hometown: Hawthorne, New Jersey

Activities on campus: Admissions Ambassador, Education Club, Tutor, SAC Squad, Student Activities Intern, Service Chair for Zeta Phi Delta, & Team Leader for Campus Ministry Alternative Breaks

Favorite Marywood moment: My favorite Marywood moment is a tie between winning Homecoming Court last year, joining Zeta Phi Delta, and presenting at the National Association for Campus Activities Conference.

Favorite place on campus: My favorite place on campus is Nazareth Hall. Our dining hall is there as well as the Fireplace Lounge and Latour Room, where I get to put on amazing Student Activities events. The SAC office is in Nazareth Hall as well, and that's become my home away from home.

Favorite thing about being an Ambassador: My favorite thing about being an ambassador is getting to share all of my favorite things about Marywood with prospective families and students.

Fun fact: I swam with sea turtles.


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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
.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 110 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 seeking dual certification program with special education 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, located 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.