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Early Childhood Education and Special Education (B.S.Ed.)

B.S.Ed., Early Childhood Education/Special Education

College of Education and Educational Technology

What You’ll Do

Nurturing the educational progress of children and young adolescents can be very rewarding. They experience every new word and concept they learn as a victory. As a major in Early Childhood Education/Special Education, you'll prepare for a career as a teacher of preschool and elementary students or young adolescent students with special needs.

Among the courses you'll take are educational psychology, typical and atypical child development, maximizing learning, preschool education for children with disabilities, diagnostic and remedial reading, school law, and teaching primary reading.

Special education courses will include characteristics of students with disabilities, family perspective on disabilities, curriculum for students with severe disabilities, adaptations for English language learners with special needs, and modifications for content area courses.

You'll also gain hands-on experience through our extensive student teaching program. 

IUP has earned a national reputation for outstanding teacher education. You'll learn how to meet the challenges of teaching and lead a classroom with confidence.

What You’ll Become

The B.S. degree in Early Childhood Education/Special Education leads to teaching certification for preschool through fourth grade and special education for preschool through eighth grade. Graduates can also be hired to teach in middle school settings, such as life skills support or emotional support.

Early childhood and special education teacher jobs are expected to increase about 17 percent between 2010 and 2020, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

There are many opportunities to apply your creativity in this branch of teaching. As an educator of children and young adolescents, you'll give your students some of their earliest impressions of school, inspiring their love of learning.

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Special Features

  • An Honors program is available.
  • Demand for teachers in urban areas is high; students may want to consider the Early Childhood Education/Special Education Urban Track.
  • Students have access to the College of Education Portfolio Assistance Center, which offers students help in compiling their electronic portfolios, as well as the Literacy Center and Child Study Center.
  • The Professional Studies in Education Department also oversees M.Ed. and D.Ed. programs.