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Elementary Education and Special Education (Dual Certification)

Administered by Exceptionality Programs

Effective Fall 2009

The State Board of Education adopted changes that affect all of Pennsylvania's instructional and educational specialist programs by adding 9 credits or 270 hours or equivalent combination for adaptations and accommodations for diverse students in an inclusive setting and 3 credits or 90 hours or equivalent combination to meet the instructional needs of English Language Learners. Although these regulatory changes became effective on September 22, 2007, the PA Department of Education has not yet developed final requirements for colleges/universities to follow. Therefore, additional program requirements will be developed and incorporated into your certification program to comply with new regulations for certifying teachers that become effective on January 1, 2013.

General Education Requirements - The University requires a minimum of 50 hours of general education requirements, some of which are specifically required for this major. Core courses designated by the department as applicable to the general education requirements may be elected in partial fulfillment of that requirement. The following general education courses are required:

BIOLOGY.100 Cells, Genes and Molecules

COMMSTUD.103 Public Speaking or COMMSTUD.104 Interpersonal Communication

ENGLISH.101 Foundations of College Writing and ENGLISH.201 Composition II (or any of the writing intensive literature courses)

EXERSCI.321 First Aid and Safety

MATH.141 Introduction to Statistics or PSYCH.160 Basic Statistics

MATH.201 Mathematics for Elementary Teachers I

PHYSICS.103 Physical Science

PSYCH.101 General Psychology

PSYCH.210 Life-Span Psychology

SOC.211 Principles of Sociology or ANTHRO.200 Principles of Cultural Anthropology

SPECED.101 Introduction to Individuals with Exceptionalities

Any American history course

A literature course (American, British or European Literature)

Requirements for the Major - A total of 77 semester hours is required for dual certification in elementary education and special education. Fall semester incoming freshmen are required to enroll in the Department of Exceptionality Programs’ University Seminar course (1cr.).

Professional Education courses include:

EDFOUND.251 Psychological Foundations of Education or PSYCH.251 Psychological Foundations of Education

EDFOUND.291 Principles of Teaching or 79.301 Teaching, Learning, and Assessment in the Elementary Classroom

EDFOUND.393 Social Foundations of Education or EDFOUND.406 Multicultural Education

ELEMED.302 Teaching of Science in the Elementary School

ELEMED.310 Teaching Fine Arts in the Elementary School

ELEMED.371 Teaching Reading in the Elementary School

ELEMED.373 Diagnostic and Inclusive Practices

ELEMED.390 Teaching Social Studies in the Elementary School

ELEMED.398 Teaching Mathematics in the Elementary School

EXERSCI.311 Methods and Materials in Elementary School Physical Education or EXERSCI.320 Health and Safety in Elementary School

SPECED.202 Technology for Individuals with Disabilities

SPECED.206 Introduction to Early Intervention

SPECED.240 Foundations of Special Education

SPECED.340 Educating Individuals with Moderate/Severe Disabilities

SPECED.357 Vocational Programming

SPECED.401 Student Teaching with Exceptional Individuals

SPECED.417 Behavior Intervention and Support

SPECED.433 Language Arts for Students with Special Needs

SPECED.449 Assessment and Planning

SPECED.450 Elementary Methods for Individuals with Mild Disabilities

SPECED.451 Secondary Methods for Individuals with Mild Disabilities

SPECED.461 Problems in Special Education