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.

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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.

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.

Curriculum Requirements for the Special Education Degree

The major in Special Education requires completion of a content area major. Candidates must choose dual certification with early childhood (PK-4), elementary (Grades 4-8), or a secondary content area (7-12).

EDUC 001-004 Field Experience
(ongoing)
SPED 100
Characteristics of Students with Disabilities
3
SPED 300 Curriculum Adaptations 3
SPED 350
Assessment and Planning for Young Children 3
SPED 350A Practicum I: (PK-K) (for early childhood (PK) dual certification only)
1
EDUC 352*
Diagnostic Evaluation/Prescriptive Teaching 3
SPED 352B*
Practicum II: (Grades 1-6) 1
SPED 362*
Secondary Programming and Career Education
3
SPED 362C* Practicum III:(Grades 7-12) (secondary (7-12) dual certification)
1
SPED 367* Behavior and Class Management 3
SPED 400* Law and Special Education 3
EDUC 420** Universal Design for Learning 3

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

In addition to the credits listed, dual certification in Early Childhood Education (PK-4) requires the following courses:

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 ELL
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