Bachelor’s in Early Childhood and Special Education

You’ll gain practical experience in a field you love while giving yourself a competitive edge in the educational marketplace.

Earn dual certification and get ready to make a world of difference, teaching students in grades PreK to 4 with PennWest University’s bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education and Special Education.

According to the National Center for Education Statistics, more than a quarter million students in Pennsylvania public schools alone require special education services. Many are young children with learning disorders, developmental delays and other disabilities that require special education.

PennWest’s dual BSED degree provides you with the skills, knowledge and competencies to help these students maximize their potential.

You’ll learn from top-notch professors who have experience working as teachers in early childhood and special education settings. They will share best practices, provide you with instructional strategies and tools, and help you connect theory with effective classroom management.

In addition, as a future teacher, you will gain valuable real-world experience, observing, learning and eventually student teaching in PreK and special education classrooms. Upon graduation, you’ll be prepared to sit for Pennsylvania Department of Education certification exams that will license you to work in special education programs as well as early childhood settings across Pennsylvania.

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Credits: 138

Michael Perrotti

Top accreditation

Accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), which promotes excellence through quality assurance and continuous improvement.

ASD endorsement

In addition to teaching certification in Special Education, you will receive the Endorsement in Autism Spectrum Disorders, demonstrating your competency in teaching children with these special needs.

A legacy of excellence

PennWest University has a legacy of excellence, providing the highest quality teacher education since 1857.

Early Childhood and Special Education (BSED)
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Careers and Salaries

There is a continual demand for special education teachers in this country. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects approximately 37,600 new jobs will open up for these teachers over the next decade. While salaries vary from district to district, in 2021, the median annual wage for special education teachers was $61,820 in 2021. With a dual degree in Early Childhood and Special Education from PennWest, you will be even more valuable to potential employers.

Program Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate discipline specific content, child development, and pedagogical content knowledge.
  2. Demonstrate professional responsibility and ethical conduct while exhibiting respect for the cultural diversity of learners, families, colleagues, and communities.
  3. Differentiate instruction by implementing instructional strategies informed by assessment data.
  4. Students will analyze the needs of students with disabilities, or at risk for disabilities, using evidence-based practices and develop goals and design, as well as implement, an individualized education plan and instructional programming.

The Power of PennWest

PennWest’s three campuses, California, Clarion and Edinboro universities, have been delivering award-winning online programs for more than 20 years. You’ll graduate with a degree from Pennsylvania Western University, completely supported by the expertise and community of learners on our brick-and-mortar campuses.

Flexible. Affordable.
Designed to Meet Your needs.