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RMU's Special Education program prepares candidates with the knowledge base, skills, and competencies you need for a rewarding job in teaching students with special needs and disabilities.  

Our education faculty members are specialists in their areas of expertise, and all have related work experience as practitioners in the field, such as principals, superintendents, and teachers. As a result, you receive instruction and guidance from knowledgeable individuals with valuable first-hand experience.

Special Education Certification, PreK-8, can be paired with Early Childhood Certification by taking 15 additional special education credits.


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Special Education Career Options

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (www.bls.gov) the employment rate for special education teachers is expected to increase faster than the average for all occupations, with the number of special education teachers expected to increase by 17 percent through 2018.

2010 national mean bachelor-level, entry-level salaries: (information from the National Association of Colleges and Employers)



Special Education




Specific Academic/Vocational




2009 RMU Salary Survey:

Elementary Education

Mean: $31,250

Range: $24,000 - $38,500 (based on three or fewer responses)

Business Education (M.S.)

Mean: $40,539

Range: $30,000 - $55,000

Special Education Certification, PreK-8, can be paired with Early Childhood Certification by taking 15 additional special education credits. Required Special Education courses include:

  • Teaching Students with High-Incidence Disabilities
  • Teaching Students with Low-Incidence Disabilities
  • Language Communication and Assistive Technologies
  • Special Education: Assessment, Evaluations and IEP's
  • Special Education: Collaboration and the Law

A quality teacher preparation program must focus explicitly and directly on the everyday classroom setting and the teaching and learning that happens there. Only by teaching can you become an effective teacher. RMU's program is designed to put theory into practice through meaningful and rich classroom field experiences. Early in the program, our teacher candidates will find themselves out in the schools, observing, interacting with and teaching children.

Robert Morris University has formed excellent working relationships with local school districts and has established Professional Development Schools to allow our students access to all of the necessary practical classroom experiences. In addition, our program is dedicated to prepare our future teachers in the most recent state-of-the-art theories, practices and innovations.

Through learning opportunities that are continually improved and updated, we provide enhanced opportunities to clear the way for our students’ success. In addition, our academic departments and programs have close ties with professional communities, providing valuable connections for our students.

Our programs support the intellectual, social, and personal development of students. They also prepare individuals through the integration of technology, effective communication skills, and the application of theory into practice. This is completed through the integration of internships and practicums, which provide real-world experiences for all majors. Overall, students will experience a dynamic combination of in-class and exciting engagement opportunities that fully prepare them for the many challenges that classroom teachers manage on a daily basis.

Professors and lecturers teach introductory and advanced biology courses. They may also mentor students with projects and direct research programs.

The School of Education and Social Sciences faculty is comprised of caring individuals who accept the responsibility for educating the "whole" student at RMU. Consequently, our faculty members are specialists in their areas of expertise who effectively implement sound instructional practices when teaching and just as importantly, they engage students in a variety of purposeful enrichment activities outside the classroom setting. One hundred percent of SESS full-time faculty hold a doctorate degree in their field and have strong backgrounds as teachers, researchers, counselors, psychologists, principals, superintendents, and authors. Students learn from them first-hand what it takes to succeed.

One strength of the Education programs at RMU is the many faculty who are experts in Special Education:

Scholarships are available based upon academic achievement. 

For freshmen, high school grade point average and ACT/SAT scores are used. For transfer students, the cumulative grade point average of all college courses is used. Scholarships range from $1000 per year up to full tuition. (To calculate your scholarship eligibility, click here.)

Higher education is an investment in your future. 

At Robert Morris University, we will work closely with you to show you how to finance your education through a combination of need-based financial aid, scholarships, and financing strategies to make your education attainable. RMU has one of the lowest tuition rates of all private institutions in the state, but we know that financing your education can be complicated, and your family might need help in understanding your options. 

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