Special Education

The Special Education program is designed to prepare you for certification to teach students with disabilities. The program compliments a chosen content certification area. Pursuing a dual major in Special Education and a content area will prepare you for licensure in the state of Pennsylvania.

What You'll Study

Special Education Dual Major/Teacher Certification

Special education is available as a second major for students who desire special education certification in addition to a content area certification. The companion content area you choose will determine which level of special education certification you will be eligible to receive; either a pre-K to grade 8 special education certificate or grades 7 to 12 special education certificate.

You may gain special education certification in one of the following content areas:

Special Education Minor

The special education minor is designed for students in secondary education, elementary education, or early childhood education, but can be valuable to other majors such as social work, recreation, and psychology.  The minor is intended to provide you with a second area of expertise, but does not lead to special education certification. Topics covered include:

  • Foundations of Special Education
  • Effective Instructional Strategies for Students with Disabilities in Inclusive Settings
  • Positive Behavior Supports
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Program Highlights

  • Accreditation: Each program is recognized by both state and national accrediting associations.
  • National Recognition: The Special Education program at Lock Haven University has continuously received national recognition from the Council for Exceptional Children.
  • Blocked Classes: Dual majors will take professional semester block courses in both their chosen content area and in special education. Content area blocks include subject-specific “methods” course where prospective teachers learn about curriculum, assessment, and technology in addition to methods for teaching in the various content areas. Special Education block focuses on assessment and instructional planning for both low and high incidence populations as well as special education law.
  • Student Teaching: Dual majors participate in a wide variety of field experiences beginning in the freshmen year. By your junior year, dual majors will have gained over 100 hours of experience in the schools and will begin participating in supervised placements. The senior year culminates with a semester long student teaching experience—one placement in special education and one placement in your second major.
  • Careers: There remains a growing demand for special education teachers, particularly in rural and inner city school districts. According to the 2014 Bureau of Labor and Statistics, the overall demand will continue to be driven by increasing enrollment and a continued need for special education services.

Featured Program Faculty

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Dr. Jane Penman
Dr. Latha Bhushan
Dr. Jonathan Stout
Dr. Erica Moore

Want to Know More?

Department of Special Education

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

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