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

  • CSEN1020 Argument & Research 
  • PSYC1010 General Psychology
  • MATH1050 Reasoning & Apps.
  • SOCI1010 Principles of Sociology OR SOCI020 Cont. Social Problems
  • ECED2100 Intro to Early Childhood Education
  • Freshman Seminar (1 credit)
  • Obtain three required clearances

Freshman Year, Spring

Sophomore Year, Fall

  • CSEN1010 Rdg. & Writing Strategies OR CSCM2050 Intercultural Comm.
  • SPED3100 Disability Studies
  • PSYC3535 Child Development 
  • EDUC2200 Technology for Teachers
  • ELIT1070 Children’s Literature 
  • ECED3100 Integrating Arts for the Developing Child
  • Apply for Candidacy Status

Sophomore Year, Spring

  • CSCM2040 Prof. Communication in the Workplace
  • ECON1010 Survey of Economics
  • SPED3010* Intro. to Special Ed. PreK to 12 
  • SPED3110* Early Intervention OR ECED3060* Family/Community Relationships
  • POLS1020 American National Government
  • SPED3030* Pos Behavior Supports PreK–12

Junior Year, Fall

  • ECED2130 Numeracy
  • EDUC3400* Curriculum Design/Instruction
  • SPED3020* Teaching in Inclusive Class: PreK–12
  • SPED3050* Students w/High-Incidence Dis.
  • SPED4000 IEPs and the Law
  • SPED4020 Reading and Special Education

Junior Year, Spring

  • SPED4030 Advanced Content Area Instructional Interventions
  • EDUC3600 Educational Assessment
  • SPED3070* Lang., Comm. & Asst. Tech
  • SPED3045* Transitioning
  • ECED4030* Reading/Language Arts Methods
  • ECED4020* Science Methods
  • SPED0101 PECT PREP (0 credits)
  • Take PECT Exams 
  • Apply for Pre-Student Teaching

Senior Year, Fall

  • EDUC3165* Teaching Eng. Lang. Learners
  • ECED2140* Reading Difficulties & Diagnosis
  • RDSP6010 Structured Literacy
  • SPED3055* Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • SPED 3060* Students w/Low-Incidence Dis.
  • ECED4000 Social Studies Methods
  • ECED4060 Pre-Student Teaching (0 credits)
  • Retake SPED0101 PECT PREP (0 credits) if needed
  • Re-take PECT if not passed 
  • Apply for Student Teaching

Senior, Spring

  • ECED4200 EC Student Teaching AND ECED4205 Special Ed Student Teaching (9 credits)
  • ECED4210 Student Teaching Seminar (3 credits)
  • Apply for Graduation & PA Certification

* = ECED/EDUC/SPED co-requisite required for this course  

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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