What You Can Do with Your Communication Disorders, Special Education, and Disability Services Degree

  • Julianna Cogley

    CASE-STUDY WRITING PREPARED HER FOR GRAD STUDIES — Julianne Cogley ’14, BS in Disability Services, believes her undergraduate studies have prepared her well for her pursuit of an MA in Student Affairs in Higher Education. “My major courses taught me how to apply different theoretical perspectives by writing case studies, which has prepared me for graduate-level work and topics covered in many courses,” Cogley said.

    Have a Meaningful Impact on the Lives of Many

    It is a good time to be a qualified special education teacher. The need is great, from pre-school to high school. There is also a need for those who can serve adults with disabilities in a variety of settings so that you can assure all people equal education and employment rights.

    Depending on your degree from IUP you will have the option of working in a wide variety of capacities in schools, mental health and intellectual disability programs, hospitals, community-based employment/living programs, early intervention programs, residential treatment programs, preschool/day care programs, and other agency service providers for individuals with disabilities.

    Careers You Can Pursue

    With an undergraduate degree in disability services, special education, or speech-language pathology, you have many career opportunities in schools, community agencies, mental health facilities, group homes, hospitals, and clinics.

    • Early/pre-K to 4 teacher
    • Special education teacher 
    • Speech-language pathology assistant
    • Therapeutic support staff
    • Teacher assistant

    Path to Higher Degrees

    Expand your job choices, become more marketable, and increase your salary potential by completing graduate studies such as: 

    • MEd in Special Education
    • MS in Speech-Language Pathology
    • AuD in Audiology
    • PhD in Special Education
    • DEd in Curriculum and Instruction
    • MS in Early Childhood Education
    • PhD in Communication Disorders