Bloomsburg University Academic Programs
Academic Catalog

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:

05.321 First Aid and Safety
20.101 Composition I and 20.201 Composition II (or any of the writing intensive literature courses)
25.103 Public Speaking or 25.104 Interpersonal Communication
45.211 Principles of Sociology or 46.200 Principles of Cultural Anthropology
48.101 General Psychology
48.210 Life-Span Psychology
50.100 Cells, Genes and Molecules
53.141 Introduction to Statistics or 48.160 Basic Statistics
53.201 Mathematics for Elementary Teachers I
54.103 Physical Science
70.101 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:

05.311 Methods and Materials in Elementary School Physical Education or 05.320 Health and Safety in Elementary School

60.251 Psychological Foundations of Education or 48.251 Psychological Foundations of Education

60.291 Principles of Teaching or 79.301 Teaching, Learning, and Assessment in the Elementary Classroom

60.393 Social Foundations of Education or 60.406 Multicultural Education

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