Early Childhood and Special Education B.S.
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A concentration in Special Education can be combined with B.S. degree programs in Early Childhood Education (PreK-4). The program prepares candidates with the knowledge base, skills, and competencies necessary to meet the needs of students with disabilities in multiple settings.

Throughout the program, teacher candidates will develop personal and professional competencies by participating in both theoretical and applied experiences. All teacher candidates complete a set of core experiences in professional education, including participation in guided fieldwork. Graduates are certified to teach in preK-grade 4 and special education PreK-8 in Pennsylvania.

The initial teacher preparation and advanced educator programs in the School of Education and Social Sciences have been accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).

CAEP

Contact Information

Shelly M. Haser, Ph.D.
Coordinator, Early Childhood/Special Ed. Programs
haser@rmu.edu
412-397-6023

Vicki J. Donne, D.Ed. 
Department Head, Education 
donne@rmu.edu
412-397-5465

4-Year Course Plan: RMU 21 Credit Semester

Freshman Year, Fall

  • CSEN 1010 Reading & Writing Strategies I OR CSCM 2050 Intercultural Comm.
  • PSYC 1010 General Psychology
  • MATH 1050 Reasoning & Applications
  • SOCI 1010 Principles of Sociology OR SOCI 1020 Contemporary Social Problems
  • ECED 2100 Intro to Early Childhood Education
  • Freshman Seminar (1 credit)

Freshman Year, Spring

  • CSEN 1020 Argument & Research 
  • SCIE 1020 Fundamentals of Science
  • MATH 2010 Fundamental Concepts of Math
  • HUMA 1010 Humanities: Art/Music
  • EDUC 2100* Ed Psychology /Classroom Management
  • HIST 1100 U.S. History I OR HIST 1200 U.S. History II

Sophomore Year, Fall

  • CSCM 1030 Public Speaking & Persuasion
  • ECED 3100 Intro Arts for the Developing Child
  • GEOG 1020 World Geography
  • PSYC 3535 Child Development 
  • EDUC 2200 Technology for Teachers 
  • ELIT 1070 Children’s Literature

Sophomore Year, Spring

  • CSCM 2040 Business & Professional Communication
  • ENVS 1160 Environmental Science
  • POLS 1020 American National Government 
  • ECON 1010 Survey of Economies
  • SPED 3010 Intro. to Special Education K to 12 
  • ECED 2120 Early Literature & Language Development

Junior Year, Fall

  • ECED 2130 Numeracy
  • EDUC 3400 Curriculum Inst./Design 
  • SPED 3020 Inclusive Classroom preK-12
  • SPED 3050 Students w/ High-Incidence Dis.
  • SPED 4000 Assessments, Evaluation, & IEPs
  • SPED3055 Autism Spectrum Disorders

Junior Year, Spring

  • ECED 3060 Family/ Community Relationships
  • ECED 4030 Reading/ Language Arts Methods
  • EDUC 3600 Educational Assessment
  • ECED 4020* Science Methods
  • SPED 3030 Positive Behavioral Support K-12
  • SPED 3070 Language, Communication, & Asst. Technology
  • SPED 3045 Transitioning
  • ECED0101 PECT PREP (0 credits)
  • SPED0101 PECT PREP (0 credits)

Senior Year, Fall

  • ECED 4000 Social Studies Methods
  • ECED 4010 Math Methods
  • ECED3400 Reading in the Content Area
  • EDUC 3165 Teaching English Language Learners
  • ECED 2140 Reading Difficulties & Diagnosis
  • SPED 3060 Students w/ Low-Incidence Dis.
  • ECED 4060 Pre-Student Teaching (0 credits)

Senior Year, Spring

  • ECED 4200 Student Teaching (9 credits)
  • ECED 4210 Student  Teaching Seminar (3 credits)
4-Year Course Plan: Transfer 9 Core Credits from a Community College

Freshman Year, Fall

  • CSEN 1010 Rdg. & Writing Strategies OR CSCM 2050 Intercultural Communications
  • PSYC 1010 General Psychology
  • MATH 1050 Reasoning & Applications
  • SOCI 1010 Principles of Sociology OR SOCI 1020 Cont. Social Problems
  • ECED 2100 Intro to Early Ch. Ed. 
  • Freshman Seminar (1 credit)

Freshman Year, Spring

  • CSEN 1020 Argument & Research 
  • SCIE 1020 Fundamentals of Science
  • MATH 2010 Fundamental Concepts of Math
  • HUMA 1010 Humanities: Art/Music
  • EDUC 2100 Education Psychology / Classroom Management
  • SPED 3010 Intro to Special Education K to 12

Community College

Choose 3 courses (9 cr) to be completed before Jr. Year.

  • HIST 1100 U.S. History I OR HIST 1200 U.S. History II
  • PSYC 1010
  • SOCI 1010
  • GEOG 1020 World Geography
  • PSYC 3535 Child Development
  • Whatever 2 courses not taken at a community you must complete at RMU.For example, this student took PSYC1010 and SOCI1010 at RMU and will complete the other 9 credits at a community college by the end of summer semester before Jr. year

Sophomore Year, Fall

  • CSCM 1030 Public Speaking & Persuasion
  • ENVS 1160 Environmental Science
  • EDUC 2200 Technology for Teachers 
  • SPED 3020 Inclusive Classroom PreK-12
  • ELIT 1070 Children’s Literature

Sophomore Year, Fall

  • CSCM 2040 Business & Professional Communication
  • POLS 1020 American National Government 
  • ECON 1010 Survey of Economies
  • SPED 3030 Positive Behavioral Supports K-12
  • ECED 2120 Early Literature & Language Development
  • SPED 3070 Language, Communications & Asst. Technology

Junior Year, Fall

  • ECED 2130 Numeracy
  • ECED 3100 Intro Arts for the Developing Child
  • EDUC 3400 Curriculum Instruction/Design 
  • SPED 3050 Students w/ High-Incidence Dis.
  • SPED 4000 Assessment, Evaluation & IEPs
  • SPED 3055 Autism Spectrum Disorders

Junior Year, Spring

  • ECED 3060 Family/Community Relationships
  • ECED 4030 Reading/Language Arts Methods
  • ECED 4020 Science Methods
  • EDUC 3600 Educational Assessment
  • SPED 3045 Transitioning
  • ECED0101 PECT PREP (0 credits)
  • SPED0101 PECT PREP (0 credits)

Senior Year, Fall

  • ECED 4000 Social Studies Methods
  • ECED 4010 Math Methods
  • ECED3400 Reading in the Content Area
  • EDUC 3165 Teaching English Language Learners
  • ECED 2140 Reading Difficulties & Diagnosis
  • SPED 3060 Students w/ Low-Incidence Dis.
  • ECED 4060 Pre-Student Teaching (0 credits)

Senior, Spring

  • ECED 4200 Student Teaching (9 credits)
  • ECED 4210 Student  Teaching Seminar (3 credits)
Admission Requirements

To receive acceptance to Robert Morris University's education programs, students must meet one of the following sets of academic criteria listed here:

Additional admission requirements for RMU education programs are available on this page.

Sample Courses:

These are some of the classes for students in this academic program:

Teaching Students with High-Incidence Disabilities
Language Communication and Assistive Technologies
Special Education: Assessment, Evaluations and IEP's
Major Credits
100
Special Education
Core Credits
39
Communication Skills, Economics, Humanities, History, Sciences, etc.
Elective Credits
0

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