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Prepare for a fulfilling career in the field of special education with our Bachelor of Arts in Education leading to Pennsylvania certification in special education for PreK through 12th grade. Develop the skills needed to understand and effectively teach children with learning, intellectual, physical, multiple, health, emotional and sensory disabilities, as well as autism spectrum disorders.

Program Objectives

Upon successful completion of this program, a student will be able to:

  • Utilize a variety of instructional strategies.
  • Develop instructional plans and set goals based on students and the instructional context.
  • Establish and maintain purposeful and equitable classroom environments.
  • Demonstrate integrity, ethical behavior, and professional conduct as stated in the Pennsylvania Code of Professional Practice and Conduct for Educators.

Courses & Topics

Some of the courses in this program include:

  • Special Education and Inclusive Practices
  • Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports
  • Instructional/Assistive Technology and Universal Design
  • High Incidence Disabilities/Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Evidence Based Effective Instruction: Low Incidence Disabilities
  • Intensive Reading, Writing, and Math Interventions
  • Secondary Transitions

Faculty bring industry experience and expertise to the classroom

Courses are taught by faculty taught who have years of real-world special education experience as teachers and administrators in the field.

Meet the faculty
Pictured is Arleen Wheat. File photo.
  • Served as assistant superintendent of special education and pupil services for North Allegheny School District
  • Special education teacher for Allegheny Intermediate Unit
  • Director of U.S.A.A.C.'s summer program for the education of autistic kids