Early Childhood and Elementary Education/Special Ed Bachelor of Science (BS)

Prepare for a Rewarding Teaching Career with a Early Childhood and Special Education Degree

Marywood's Early Childhood and Special Education program prepares you for the challenges and rewards of teaching persons with exceptional learning needs at all levels of development from birth to age 21. 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 intellectual disability, 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.

  • Dual certification in early childhood and elementary education and special education
  • Field experience starts during first year

Top Employers

  • School Districts
  • Universities
  • Education App/ Tutoring Companies
  • Public Libraries

Top Career Paths

  • Special Education Teacher
  • Elementary School Teacher
  • Speech Pathologist
  • Learning/Development Coordinator

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Undergraduate Admissions Requirements

  • Completed application
  • Official transcripts
  • Letter of recommendation
  • Official SAT and/or ACT test scores (Marywood is test optional)
  • Essay (optional)

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