The Special Education Department offers two programs of study: A teacher preparation program and a disability and community services program.
The Special Education Program
The Special Education Program at Lock Haven University is designed to address competencies required by the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) and the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC). The program provides candidates with coursework and field experiences that address the knowledge, skills, and dispositions required by the Framework for Special Education Grades Pre K-8 and 7-12 Guidelines. Candidates choosing to pursue teacher certification in special education must also complete a major program of study in another teacher certification area. Lock Haven University offers several options to achieve dual certification including: Pre-K to 4, Secondary Social Studies Education, Secondary English Education, Secondary Mathematics Education, and Secondary Science Education (biology, chemistry, physics, earth and space science, and general science). The companion content area chosen by the candidate pursuing the special education certificate will determine which level of special education the candidate will be eligible to receive; either a Pre-K to grade 8 special education certificate or Grades 7 to 12 special education certificate. Students completing a dual certification program will earn a B.S. in Education.
The Disability and Community Service Program
The Disability and Community Service program combines course work in special education,
social work and communication studies. The 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, including
Mental Health/Mental Retardation (MH/MR) programs. Students who complete this program
are prepared for employment as instructional assistants in public or private schools,
as therapeutic support personnel, as job coaches, or in a wide array of capacities
in MH/MR programs, community-based employment or living programs, early intervention
programs, residential treatment programs, preschool/daycare programs, or other agency
service providers for individuals with disabilities. According to the Bureau of Labor
and Statistics, the job outlook for students earning a B.S. in Disability and Community
Services is excellent and growth in this field is expected to continue to increase
due to the growing elderly population who need rehabilitative support.