Disability and Community Service

The Disability and Community Services program combines course work in special education, social work, and communication studies. This major prepares you to work as a professional serving individuals with disabilities in a wide array of public and private sector settings.

What You'll Study

Disability and Community Service

In this program, you will gain skills in assessing individual needs and in planning appropriate interventions and programs. The coursework utilizes a life span approach, preparing you to work with any age group of individuals with disabilities. Required social work courses enhance your understanding of working with families, groups, organizations, and community systems. Topics covered include:

  • Foundations of Special Education 
  • Physical Education & Recreation for the Disabled
  • Human Behavior in the Social Environment


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Program Highlights

  • Scholarships: From honorariums to full-tuition waivers, scholarships exist to reward your hard work and dedication to the major. Find more information here. 
  • Internships/Field Experience: The culminating experience for this program is the completion of a 480-hour supervised field experience working within a community agency. Given the wide array of job opportunities in this field, you will have the opportunity to meet this requirement by selecting a site based on personal interest.
  • Careers: This program prepares you for employment in a range of professions including:
    • Instructional Assistant in Public or Private Schools
    • Therapeutic Support Personnel
    • Job Coach
    • MH/ID programs
    • Community-Based Employment or Living Programs
    • Early Intervention Programs
    • Residential Treatment Programs
    • Preschool/Daycare Programs
    • Disability Agency Service Providers

Want to Know More?

Department of Special Education

Dr. Jane Penman
132 Robinson Learning Center, Lock Haven University
(570) 484-2693

Contact our Admissions Office

8:00am to 4:00pm Monday-Friday
(570) 484-2027

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