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The Department of Special Education and Clinical Services houses a unique blend of interrelated programs of study: Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, Disability Services, and Education of Exceptional Persons.

Through unified and interrelated program structure, exiting graduate and undergraduate students are prepared to assume employment in diverse settings in which children, adolescents, and adults with disabilities receive services. Consistent with federal law and accreditation standards, the department serves a major role in enhancing the ability of preservice educators to provide a variety of life-span services which focus on development and implementation of education, transition, habilitation, and rehabilitation plans for people with disabilities. The department also provides courses to enhance the ability of regular educators to teach children, youth, and young adults with special needs.

Information about specific undergraduate majors can be found on the following pages: 

Minor: Special Education
Completion of the minor in special education will prepare students to have a better understanding of the social, emotional, and learning characteristics of individuals with mental retardation, autism, developmental disabilities, learning disabilities, brain injuries, emotional and behavioral disorders, physical disabilities, and multiple disabilities.
B.S. in Disability Services
Completion of this multidisciplinary curriculum prepares graduates to work as professionals serving individuals with disabilities in a wide array of public and private sector agencies and service providers.
B.S.Ed., Early Childhood-Special Education
Students will be prepared to teach persons with mental retardation, autism, developmental disabilities, learning disabilities, brain injuries, emotional/behavioral disorders, physical disabilities, and multiple disabilities. Academic coursework and field experiences are integrated within the course of study.  
B.S.Ed., Early Childhood/Special Education, Urban Track
The B.S.Ed. degree in Early Childhood/Special Education, Urban Track, leads to teaching certification for preschool through fourth grade and special education for preschool through eighth grade with extensive experience catering to the different needs of students in inner city settings.
BSEd in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology
Completion of the sequence of courses in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology serves as a preprofessional program for students planning to become practicing speech-language pathologists or audiologists.
M.Ed. in Education of Exceptional Persons Plus Special Education Certification (Option 1)
The Certification and M.Ed. program is structured to address the educational needs of graduate students who hold another teaching certificate and wish to obtain special education certification while working toward an M.Ed. degree in Education of Exceptional Persons.
Special Education Certification Only at the Graduate Level (Option 2)
The certification only program is structured to address the educational needs of graduate students who hold another teaching certificate and wish to obtain special education certification without earning the M.Ed. degree.
M.Ed. in Education of Exceptional Persons
The M.Ed. program is structured to address the educational needs of graduate students who do not want to qualify for teaching certification but who do wish to work professionally with persons with disabilities.
Dual Certification–Special Education Grades 7-12 for Secondary Education Majors
Students majoring in a secondary education field may complete requirements for certification in special education grades 7-12. Students will certified to teach students with all disabilities in grades 7-12.
MS in Speech-Language Pathology
The Speech-Language Pathology program culminates in a Master of Science degree.
 
  • Special Education and Clinical 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.