Early Childhood Education B.S. (Special Education)

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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-12 in Pennsylvania.

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


Contact Information

Susan W. Parker, Ph.D.
Department Head, Education

4-Year Course Plan: w/ Special Education PK-12 Major

Freshman Year, Fall (16 credits)

  • *CSEN1010 Rdg. & Writing Strategies OR CSEN 1020 Argument Research
  • PSYC1010 General Psychology
  • SOCI1010 Principles of Sociology
  • MATH1050 Reasoning & Apps. (B Skills)
  • EDUC1500 Foundations of Education
  • Freshman Seminar (1 credit)
  • Obtain three required clearances

* Depending on Placement Test

Freshman Year, Spring (18 credits)

  • CSEN1020 Argument & Research OR CSCM1030 Public Speaking & Persuasion
  • SCIE1020 Fundamentals of Science OR Intro SCIE course
  • MATH2010 Fundamental Concepts of Math (B Sk)
  • HUMA1010 Humanities: Art/Music
  • HIST1100 U.S. History OR HIST1200 U.S. History II OR POLS1020
  • EDUC2100 Ed Psych

Sophomore Year, Fall (15 credits)

  • CSEN1030 Public Speaking & Persuasion OR CSCM2050 Intercultural Communication
  • PSYC3535 Child Development
  • ELIT1070 Children's Literature
  • EDUC2200 Tech for Teachers
  • SDIN2010 Intro. to Special Ed. K to 12
  • Apply for Candidacy Status

Sophomore Year, Spring (15 credits)

  • CSCM2040 Prof. Communication
  • ECON1010 Survey of Economics
  • SDIN3020 Students with HI Dis and Inclusion preK-12
  • SDIN3030 Cl.. Mgmt./Pos Behav Supp K-12
  • SDIN3045 Transitioning

Junior Year, Fall (18 credits)

  • ECED3500 DAP
  • EDUC3165 Teaching Multi Lang. Learners
  • EDUC3400 Curriculum Inst./Design**
  • SDIN3050 Students w/HI Disabilities
  • SDIN3060 Students w/LI Disabilities
  • SDIN4000 IEPS

** Pre-req for EDUC 3600

Junior Year, Spring (18 credits)

  • ECED4020 Science Methods
  • ECED4030 Reading/Language Arts Methods **
  • ECED3060 Family/Community Relationships OR SDIN3110 Early Intervention
  • EDUC3600 Educational Assessment
  • SDIN3070 Lang., Comm., Asst Tech
  • SDIN4300 Advanced Cont. Inst. Interventions
  • Apply for Pre-Student Teaching

** Pre-req for ECED4140

Senior Year, Fall (18 credits)

  • ECED4000 Social Studies Methods
  • ECED4140 Reading Diff & Diagnosis
  • RDSP6010 Structured Literacy
  • SDIN3055 ASD
  • SDIN4020 Reading and Special Education
  • EDUC4060 Pre-Student Teaching
  • ECED/SDIN0101 Credential Prep (0 credits)
  • Take Praxis Exams
  • Apply for Student Teaching

Senior, Spring

  • ECED4200 ECED/SDIN St. Teaching (9 credits)
  • ECED4200 Student Teaching Seminar (3 credits)
  • Apply for Graduation & PA Certification
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
Core Credits
Communication Skills, Economics, Humanities, History, Sciences, etc.
Elective Credits

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