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The Early Childhood–Special Education program is designed to prepare students as highly qualified, competent, and effective teachers of all learners from pre-K through grade 4 and Special Education pre-K through grade 8.

The program has an emphasis on best practices in both early childhood education and special education.  Students in this program will meet the academic requirements for Pennsylvania certification in both pre-K to grade 4, as well as special education pre-K to grade 8. This program, combining coursework in both early childhood education and special education with extensive field experiences, prepares students to be professional educators who are well qualified to utilize appropriate techniques and strategies to expand children’s cognitive, social, emotional, and physical development. Field experiences will take place in a variety of settings encompassing diverse learning needs such as learning support or life skills, as well as learners in inclusive preschool classrooms, K–1 classrooms, and classrooms in grades 2–4.

More information regarding this program may be obtained by contacting its co-coordinators. 

Early Childhood: Dr. Shirley Johnson (

Special Education: Dr. Anne Mong Cramer (

  • Communication Disorders, Special Education, and Disability Services Department
  • Davis Hall, Room 203
    570 South Eleventh Street
    Indiana, PA 15705-1087
  • Phone: 724-357-2450
  • Fax: 724-357-7716
  • Office Hours
  • Monday through Friday
  • 8:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
  • 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.