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:
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.).
62.302 Teaching of Science in the Elementary School
62.310 Teaching Fine Arts in the Elementary School
62.371 Teaching Reading in the Elementary School
62.373 Diagnostic and Inclusive Practices
62.390 Teaching Social Studies in the Elementary School
62.398 Teaching Mathematics in the Elementary School
70.202 Technology for Individuals with Disabilities
70.206 Introduction to Early Intervention
70.240 Foundations of Special Education
70.340 Educating Individuals with Moderate/Severe Disabilities
70.357 Vocational Programming
70.401 Student Teaching with Exceptional Individuals
70.417 Behavior Intervention and Support
70.433 Language Arts for Students with Special Needs
70.449 Assessment and Planning
70.450 Elementary Methods for Individuals with Mild Disabilities
70.451 Secondary Methods for Individuals with Mild Disabilities
70.461 Problems in Special Education