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.
Accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), which promotes excellence through quality assurance and continuous improvement.
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.
PennWest University has a legacy of excellence, providing the highest quality teacher education since 1857.
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.
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.